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Your Favorite Role Of These Character Actors/Actresses

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William Bendix

Elisha Cook Jr

Howard da Silva

Ruth Gordon

Beulah Bondi

Gladys George

My Choices:

William Bendix-Detective Story-he plays the kind hearted  partner to angry cop Kirk Douglas

Elisha Cook Jr-Stranger On The Third Floor-as a cab driver wrongly accused of murder

Howard da Silva-The Lost Weekend-tough but sympathetic bartender

Ruth Gordon-Rosemary's Baby-nosy neighbor with Satanic ideas

Beulah Bondi-Penny Serenade- well meaning head of adoption agency

Gladys George- The Roaring Twenties tough talking dame who pines for gangster James Cagney

What are yours?

 

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9 hours ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

William Bendix

Elisha Cook Jr

Howard da Silva

Ruth Gordon

Beulah Bondi

Gladys George

My Choices:

William Bendix-Detective Story-he plays the kind hearted  partner to angry cop Kirk Douglas

Elisha Cook Jr-Stranger On The Third Floor-as a cab driver wrongly accused of murder

Howard da Silva-The Lost Weekend-tough but sympathetic bartender

Ruth Gordon-Rosemary's Baby-nosy neighbor with Satanic ideas

Beulah Bondi-Penny Serenade- well meaning head of adoption agency

Gladys George- The Roaring Twenties tough talking dame who pines for gangster James Cagney

What are yours?

 

Rosemary's Baby for me as well for Gordon.  I was also struck how well da Silva was in Border Incident.   Bondi's main role is in Make Way for Tomorrow.  I'd have to think about the others.

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Great idea for a thread!

For Beulah Bondi, I'd say MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW. But I also need to mention her guest-star turn on The Waltons in the 1970s. She was so good in the episode entitled "The Pony Cart" she received an Emmy.

I think Howard Da Silva was really good in 1776.

I agree about Gladys George in THE ROARING TWENTIES.

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I loved Ruth Gordon as the vulgar, tough as nails Mama in EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE and ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN.  She was hilarious. She stole the show from Clint Eastwood (not an easy task BTW),  even from Clyde the orangutan.

I also agree about Gladys George in THE ROARING TWENTIES. Her closing line "He used to be a big shot!" is unforgettable.

Elisha Cook Jr. as one of the thieves (the dim-witted one no less) in THE KILLING is probably my favorite supporting role of his.  He comes off as very much naïve yet I couldn't help feel sorry for what ultimately becomes of his character.

 

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My choices:

William Bendix- Lifeboat

Elisha Cook Jr- Shane

Howard da Silva- The Underworld Story

Ruth Gordon- Harold and Maude

Beulah Bondi- The Shepard of the Hills

Gladys George- Madame X

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8 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Great idea for a thread!

For Beulah Bondi, I'd say MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW. But I also need to mention her guest-star turn on The Waltons in the 1970s. She was so good in the episode entitled "The Pony Cart" she received an Emmy.

I think Howard Da Silva was really good in 1776.

I agree about Gladys George in THE ROARING TWENTIES.

McCarey write that MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW was his own fav picture

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Just now, spence said:

McCarey write that MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW was his own fav picture

AGREED ON G. GEORGE I NOT ONLY THINK SHE DESERVED A NOMINATION, BUT POSSIBLY DESERVED TO WIN TOO

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For me, it's

BENDIX--- LIFEBOAT('44)

ELISHA COOK JR.---ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE('73)

Your da SILVA  pick works for me.

RUTH  GORDON--HAROLD AND MAUDE( '71)

BEULAH BONDI--OUR TOWN('40)

GLADYS GEORGE--MADAME X( '37)

Sepiatone

 

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My favorites (which contains a number of matches to the favorites of other board members):

William Bendix - Wake Island (1942).

Elisha Cook Jr. - The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Howard Da Silva - 1776 (1972).

Ruth Gordon - Every Which Way But Loose (1978).

Beulah Bondi - The Shepherd of the Hills (1941).

Gladys George - The Roaring Twenties (1939).

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My favorite Beulah Bondi performance would definitely be THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS, which also features a remarkable and atypical job by Marc Lawrence as her son.

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William Bendix - The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Elisha Cook Jr. - The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Howard Da Silva - 1776 (1972)

Ruth Gordon - Harold & Maude (1971)

Beulah Bondi - Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

Gladys George - Valiant Is the Word for Carrie (1936)

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14 hours ago, Dargo said:

Beulah Bondi- The Shepard of the Hills

She has a similar role in THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE (1936).

Such a great actress.

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As a kid I grew up watching "The Life of Riley" starring William Bendix.

I thought that's who he was as an actor, but he turned out to be a lot like Andy Griffith in my opinion.

Bendix had a malevolent side to his acting which was truly cold-blooded.

I found that out watching "The Untouchables" episode based on a real gangster named Wally Legenza who was the leader of the Tri-State Gang.

In this one, Bendix, portraying Legenza, murders the affable Alan Hale jr. and nearly beats his fiancee, Roxane Berard, to death. Hale's crime was allowing himself to closely consort with  a woman-- thus breaking one of  gang leader Bendix's cardinal rules.

There have been many mobsters portrayed on "The Untouchables" but William Bendix's portrayal seemed a little too lifelike for my comfort zone.

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William Bendix: The Blue Dahlia

Elisha Cook Jr:  The Maltese Falcon

Howard da Silva:  1776

Ruth Gordon : Harold and Maude

Beulah Bondi: Make Way for Tomorrow

Gladys George:  Lullaby of Broadway

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William Bendix: The Glass Key (as Jeff the not-so-bright thug)

Elisha Cook Jr:  Born To Kill    (as Marty Waterman,  a good friend to a not so good guy).

Howard da Silva:  They Live By Night  (as Chickamaw)       (I should pick The Great Gatsby since that would leave one guessing).

Ruth Gordon : Inside Daisy Clover  (as Mrs. Clover).

Beulah Bondi: The Southerner (as Granny Tucker).

Gladys George:  The Roaring Twenties (as Panama Smith). 

 
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4 hours ago, TopBilled said:

She has a similar role in THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE (1936).

Such a great actress.

But she's nice, and wise in The Trail of the Lonesome Pine; and nasty in Shepherd of the Hills. She was great in whatever she was in.

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8 minutes ago, Swithin said:

But she's nice, and wise in The Trail of the Lonesome Pine; and nasty in Shepherd of the Hills. She was great in whatever she was in.

James Agee criticized her work in THE SOUTHERNER (1945). He thought she chewed the scenery and should have been reigned in by the director.

While I agree with Agee's assessment of that performance, I still enjoy watching it because she gives an otherwise somber story some comedic/camp value.

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44 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

     (I should pick The Great Gatsby since that would leave one guessing).

 

 

That's true. i was remembering him in the 1974 version, and then I remembered he was in the 1949 version as well.

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It wasn't until "The Missiles of October" that I realized Howard da Silva even HAD any other roles beyond 1776.  (Apart from narrating the "Doctor Who" recaps in the great PBS era.)

And no matter how many roles Elisha Cook Jr. takes, he'll still be the "nervous leprechaun" who added the jittery creeps to House on Haunted Hill.

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On 12/7/2019 at 10:34 AM, Det Jim McLeod said:

William Bendix

Elisha Cook Jr

Howard da Silva

Ruth Gordon

Beulah Bondi

Gladys George

My Choices:

William Bendix-Detective Story-he plays the kind hearted  partner to angry cop Kirk Douglas

Elisha Cook Jr-Stranger On The Third Floor-as a cab driver wrongly accused of murder

Howard da Silva-The Lost Weekend-tough but sympathetic bartender

Ruth Gordon-Rosemary's Baby-nosy neighbor with Satanic ideas

Beulah Bondi-Penny Serenade- well meaning head of adoption agency

Gladys George- The Roaring Twenties tough talking dame who pines for gangster James Cagney

What are yours?

 

Bendix delivered his best work in D. Story & shoulda been nommed

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6 hours ago, Janet0312 said:

Elisha Cook Jr  -  Phantom Lady

YOUR A LOW DOWN LYIN' YANKEE,   PROVE IT

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On 12/8/2019 at 5:38 PM, jamesjazzguitar said:

Howard da Silva:  They Live By Night  (as Chickamaw) 

Yes I recall this one, he was menacing as the thug with the vulture like eye.

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2 hours ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

Yes I recall this one, he was menacing as the thug with the vulture like eye.

While his role as Chickamaw wasn't one of his most developed it was his most creepy one and he was menacing.

Also,  anytime I can find I reason to use Chickamaw,,,,,  well I do!!!

 

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I still say Da Silva's performance as the mob boss with a wicked (and I do mean "wicked") sense of humor in 1950's The Underworld Story is my favorite.

(...he almost steals the movie from the lead in it, Dan Duryea, and that's a pretty hard thing to do)

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