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Kent Smith would be another interesting SUTS day candidate


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He was just in the recent Cat People (1941) and Curse of the Cat People (1944)

and 

The Spiral Staircase (1946)

Nora Prentiss (1947)

The Damned Don't Cry (1950)

This Side of the Law (1950)

Party Girl (1958)

The Trouble with Angels (1966)

The Night Stalker (TV Movie 1972)

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here are all 139 of his credits copied and pasted from imdb (including TV)

each title below can be clicked on and will take you to its imdb page.

Actor (139 credits)
 1978 Die Sister, Die!
Dr. Thorne
 1977 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Chief Justice Brown
- I Do, I Do (1977) ... Chief Justice Brown
 1977 Billy Jack Goes to Washington
Sen. Sam Foley
 1976 Gibbsville (TV Series)
- Afternoon Waltz (1976)
 1976 Once an Eagle (TV Mini Series)
Gen. Jacklyn
- Part 5 (1976) ... Gen. Jacklyn
 1974 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
George Weatherly
- Time to Kill (1974) ... George Weatherly
 1974 The Disappearance of Flight 412 (TV Movie)
Gen. Enright
 1974 Murder or Mercy (TV Movie)
Judge
 1973 The Cat Creature (TV Movie)
Frank Lucas
 1973 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Harlan
- The Runaways (1973) ... Harlan
 1973 The Affair (TV Movie)
Mr. Patterson
 1973 Cops and Robbers
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1973 Maurie
Dr. Walker (uncredited)
 1972-1973 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Doctor / Bennett (segment "Deliveries in the Rear")
- Whisper (1973) ... Doctor
- Deliveries in the Rear/Stop Killing Me/Dead Weight (1972) ... Bennett (segment "Deliveries in the Rear")
 1973 Lost Horizon
Bill Fergunson
 1972 Call Me by My Rightful Name
Mr. Watkins
 1972 The Snoop Sisters (TV Series)
Warren Packer
- The Female Instinct (1972) ... Warren Packer
 1972 Pete 'n' Tillie
Father Keating
 1972 The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV Movie)
Robert Dodd
 1972 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
Keats
- Charlie Gave Me Your Number (1972) ... Keats
 1972 The Crooked Hearts (TV Movie)
James Simpson
 1972 The Delphi Bureau (TV Series)
Prescott
- The Deadly Little Errand (1972) ... Prescott
 1972 Another Part of the Forest (TV Movie)
Simon Isham
 1967-1972 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Elwood Hayes / Commodore Coldwell / Wendell Price / ...
- Edge of Desperation (1972) ... Elwood Hayes
- The Impersonator (1970) ... Commodore Coldwell
- Conspiracy of Silence (1969) ... Wendell Price
- Blood Verdict (1967) ... US Attorney Leonard Vanatter
 1972 Probe (TV Movie)
Dr. Edward Laurent
 1972 The Night Stalker (TV Movie)
D.A. Paine
 1971 The Last Child (TV Movie)
Gus Iverson
 1970 The Governor & J.J. (TV Series)
Frank Courtwright / Frank Courthouse
- From Here to Maternity (1970) ... Frank Courtwright
- Son of the Bride (1970) ... Frank Courthouse
 1970 How Awful About Allan (TV Movie)
Raymond
 1970 The Games
Kaverley
 1969 Death of a Gunfighter
Andrew Oxley
 1968 Assignment to Kill
Mr. Eversley
 1968 Kona Coast
Akamai
 1967-1968 The Invaders (TV Series)
Edgar Scoville / Stan Arthur
- Inquisition (1968) ... Edgar Scoville
- The Pursued (1968) ... Edgar Scoville
- The Life Seekers (1968) ... Edgar Scoville
- The Vise (1968) ... Edgar Scoville
- The Peacemaker (1968) ... Edgar Scoville
 1967 The Money Jungle
Paul Kimmel
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Governor Winston E. Brubaker
- The Night of the Legion of Death (1967) ... Governor Winston E. Brubaker
 1967 Games
Harry Gordon
 1966-1967 Insight (TV Series)
Martha's Father / Archbishop
- Locusts Have No King (1967) ... Martha's Father
- Thunder in Munich (1966) ... Archbishop
 1967 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
General Hugh Scott
- Fort West Point (1967) ... General Hugh Scott
 1967 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Senator William Townsend
- The Confession (1967) ... Senator William Townsend
 1967 A Covenant with Death
Parmalee
 1967 The Felony Squad (TV Series)
Everett Jason
- The Desperate Silence (1967) ... Everett Jason
 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Mr. Macy
- The Jingle Bells Affair (1966) ... Mr. Macy
 1964-1966 Peyton Place (TV Series)
Dr. Robert Morton / Dr. Morton / Doctor Morton
- Episode #2.126 (1966) ... Dr. Robert Morton
- Episode #2.116 (1966) ... Dr. Robert Morton
- Episode #2.101 (1966) ... Dr. Robert Morton
- Episode #2.100 (1966) ... Dr. Robert Morton
- Episode #2.23 (1965) ... Dr. Robert Morton
 1966 The Trouble with Angels
Uncle George
 1966 I Spy (TV Series)
James Winthrop
- Always Say Goodbye (1966) ... James Winthrop
 1965 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Dr. Sherman
- The Caller (1965) ... Dr. Sherman
 1962-1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Mr. Benner / Dr. Sam Adamson / Jerry O'Hara
- Thou Still Unravished Bride (1965) ... Mr. Benner
- Body in the Barn (1964) ... Dr. Sam Adamson
- I Saw the Whole Thing (1962) ... Jerry O'Hara
 1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
Sen. Charles Sumner / Charles Evans Hughes
- Edmund G. Ross (1965) ... Sen. Charles Sumner
- Charles Evans Hughes (1965) ... Charles Evans Hughes
 1965 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Clifton Cavanaugh
- Granny's Romance (1965) ... Clifton Cavanaugh
 1964 The Young Lovers
Dr. Shoemaker
 1964 Youngblood Hawke
Paul Winter Sr.
 1963-1964 The Great Adventure (TV Series)
Grymes / William Carroll / General Nelson Miles / ...
- The Pirate and the Patriot (1964) ... Grymes
- The Testing of Sam Houston (1964) ... William Carroll
- The Massacre at Wounded Knee (1963) ... General Nelson Miles
- The Death of Sitting Bull (1963) ... Gen. Nelson Miles
 1964 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Walter Farnham
- To Love Is to Live (1964) ... Walter Farnham
 1964 A Distant Trumpet
Secretary of War
 1959-1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Colonel Greer / Capt. Loomis
- Incident at Hourglass (1964) ... Colonel Greer
- Incident of the Haunted Hills (1959) ... Capt. Loomis
 1963-1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Aabel / Dr. Bloch
- The Children of Spider County (1964) ... Aabel
- It Crawled Out of the Woodwork (1963) ... Dr. Bloch
 1963-1964 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Dakota / Bealton
- The Glory and the Mud (1964) ... Dakota
- Two of a Kind (1963) ... Bealton
 1963 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Dr. Ferguson
- Inquest Into a Bleeding Heart (1963) ... Dr. Ferguson
 1963 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Eli Halstead
- The Charlie Argos Story (1963) ... Eli Halstead
 1963 The Balcony
General
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Bishop Cagle
- Blessed Are the Meek (1963) ... Bishop Cagle
 1963 Wide Country (TV Series)
Jack Edgecomb
- The Judas Goat (1963) ... Jack Edgecomb
 1961-1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Dr. Curtis Metcalfe / Dr. Arthur Younger
- The Case of the Prankish Professor (1963) ... Dr. Curtis Metcalfe
- The Case of the Meddling Medium (1961) ... Dr. Arthur Younger
 1957-1962 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Avery Coombs / John Sutter / Louis Strome
- Darwin's Man (1962) ... Avery Coombs
- Shadow of a Man (1961) ... John Sutter
- The Long Night (1957) ... Louis Strome
 1962 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Charles Dennis
- Inside Track (1962) ... Charles Dennis
 1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Robert Vincent
- Twice Dead (1962) ... Robert Vincent
 1962 Moon Pilot
Secretary of the Air Force
 1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
Charles Ainslee
- Death Beyond Recall (1962) ... Charles Ainslee
 1962 Bronco (TV Series)
Dana Powell
- Trail of Hatred (1962) ... Dana Powell
 1961-1962 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Crandall / Michael Legrange
- Please Believe Me (1962) ... Crandall
- Man Eater (1961) ... Michael Legrange
 1961 The Defenders (TV Series)
Dwight Harkavy
- The Prowler (1961) ... Dwight Harkavy
 1961 Lawman (TV Series)
Major Jason Leeds
- The Appointment (1961) ... Major Jason Leeds
 1961 Susan Slade
Dr. Fane
 1961 The Roaring 20's (TV Series)
Mark Fenton
- No Exit (1961) ... Mark Fenton
 1961 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
George
- The Margot Adventure (1961) ... George
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Dexter Willis
- The Golden Acres (1961) ... Dexter Willis
 1961 The Americans (TV Series)
Capt. Vickery
- The Regular (1961) ... Capt. Vickery
 1960 Michael Shayne (TV Series)
Kenneth Russell
- Shoot the Works (1960) ... Kenneth Russell
 1960 Dan Raven (TV Series)
Gorgoyne
- The Night Is Numbered (1960) ... Gorgoyne
 1960 Strangers When We Meet
Stanley Baxter
 1957-1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Jess Foladaire / Prof. Paul Owens
- The Lita Foladaire Story (1960) ... Jess Foladaire
- The Ruth Owens Story (1957) ... Prof. Paul Owens
 1959 This Earth Is Mine
Francis Fairon
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Gilbert Hughes
- A True Account (1959) ... Gilbert Hughes
 1959 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Bill Franklin
- Millionaire Bill Franklin (1959) ... Bill Franklin
 1959 Naked City (TV Series)
George Blake
- One to Get Lost (1959) ... George Blake
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
- The Imposter (1958)
 1958 The Mugger
Dr. Pete Graham
 1958 Party Girl
Jeffrey Stewart
 1958 Colonel Humphrey Flack (TV Series)
Mr. Rogers
- Colonel Flack Gets Kilt (1958) ... Mr. Rogers
 1958 The Badlanders
Cyril Lounsberry
 1958 Imitation General
Brig. Gen. Charles Lane
 1958 The Investigator (TV Series)
District Attorney
- Episode #1.5 (1958) ... District Attorney
 1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
President of the U.S.
- Course for Collision (1958) ... President of the U.S.
- The Cause (1958)
 1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Dr. Jonathan Michael
- The Last Town Car, Part 2 (1958) ... Dr. Jonathan Michael
- The Last Town Car, Part 1 (1958) ... Dr. Jonathan Michael
 1958 M Squad (TV Series)
Howard Meston
- Lover's Lane Killing (1958) ... Howard Meston
 1957 Sayonara
General Mark Webster
 1957 General Motors 50th Anniversary Show (TV Movie)
Harry Collier
 1951-1957 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Reverend Richel / Dr. Alberto Gainza Paz / Dr. Herman Bundesen / ...
- Crisis on Tangier Island (1957) ... Reverend Richel
- Slow Assassination: Peron vs. La Prensa (1957) ... Dr. Alberto Gainza Paz
- Flare-Up (1956) ... Dr. Herman Bundesen
- SOS from the Andrea Doria (1956) ... Thure Peterson
- The Free Choice (1953)
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Success! (1957)
 1952-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Steven, at 48 / Steve Ferris / David Barlow
- Summer Return (1957) ... Steven, at 48
- Death Do Us Part (1957) ... Steve Ferris
- The Sound of Waves Breaking (1952) ... David Barlow
 1951-1957 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Prince Albert
- Give and Take (1957)
- Victoria Regina (1951) ... Prince Albert
 1956 Comanche
Quanah Parker
 1955 Crossroads (TV Series)
 1955 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Professor Alex Bondar
- The Unexplored (1955) ... Professor Alex Bondar
 1955 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Dr. Steele
- Dark Victory (1955) ... Dr. Steele
 1955 Windows (TV Series)
- The Outing (1955)
 1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Doc Stacey
- The Muldoon Matter (1954) ... Doc Stacey
 1954 Crusader Against Cruelty (TV Movie)
Henry Bergh
 1954 King Richard II (TV Movie)
Bolingbroke
 1953 The Philip Morris Playhouse (TV Series)
Host (1953-1954)
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
Sergius Saranoff (segment "Arms and the Man")
- Arms and the Man (1953) ... Sergius Saranoff (segment "Arms and the Man")
 1952 Paula
John Rogers
 1950-1952 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Jungle (1952)
- The End Game (1950)
 1950-1952 Studio One (TV Series)
Professor Fritz Bhaer / Friedrich Bhaer
- Waterfront Boss (1952)
- Little Women: Jo's Story (1950) ... Professor Fritz Bhaer
- Little Women: Meg's Story (1950) ... Friedrich Bhaer
 1949-1951 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
John Wilkes Booth
- The End Is Known (1950)
- The Story of Mary Surratt (1949) ... John Wilkes Booth
 1951 The Clock (TV Series)
- The Lily Pond (1951)
 1950-1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
Claude
- And Adam Begot (1951) ... Claude
 1950-1951 NBC Television Opera Theatre (TV Series)
Simon / Preacher
- Gianni Schicchi (1951) ... Simon
- Down in the Valley (1950) ... Preacher (as Kenneth Smith)
 1950 Masterpiece Playhouse (TV Series)
Judge Brack
- Hedda Gabler (1950) ... Judge Brack
 1950 This Side of the Law
David Cummins
 1950 The Damned Don't Cry
Martin Blackford
 1949 My Foolish Heart
Lew Wengler
 1949 The Fountainhead
Peter Keating
 1947 The Voice of the Turtle
Kenneth Bartlett
 1947 Magic Town
Professor Frederick Hoopendecker
 1947 Nora Prentiss
Dr. Richard Talbot
 1946 The Spiral Staircase
Dr. Parry
 1944 Youth Runs Wild
Danny Coates
 1944 Resisting Enemy Interrogation
Capt. Reining - American Working for the Nazis (uncredited)
 1944 The Curse of the Cat People
Oliver 'Ollie' Reed
 1943 Three Cadets (Short)
Captain A. Edwards
 1943 Three Russian Girls
John Hill
 1943 This Land Is Mine
Paul Martin
 1943 Forever and a Day
Gates Trimble Pomfret
 1943 Hitler's Children
Professor Nichols
 1942 Cat People
Oliver Reed
 1939 Back Door to Heaven
Attorney
 1936 The Garden Murder Case
Woode Swift
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I've seen DIE SISTER, DIE  before.  I think it was actually filmed in 1972.  It spent years in "post-production" and the director died before it was released.

The poster picture seen on the IMDb listing for "Die Sister, Die" has nothing to do with the actual movie . . . but it IS a cool poster someone thought up for the film!  The GORGON VIDEO release (which is how I've seen the movie) utilizes the exact poster art for its 'insert sleeve' in the clamshell case so it would have been rather eye-catching  👁️👁️ on video store shelves in the 1980s. 

In regards to mis-leading posters it reminds of the 1980 Canadian movie FUNERAL HOME (aka:  "Cries in the Night").  When the movie was released in the U.S. in 1982 a poster was created that implied some kind of evil creature was rising from the grave with ((claws))) . . . there is nothing like that in "Funeral Home".   But the poster is fun to look at, though.  Paragon Video Productions decided to use the U.S. poster art instead of the original Canadian poster art. 

The IMDb is a valuable resource despite the occasional screw-ups -- it would be nigh on to impossible for a Database that big to be 100% accurate, anyway.  Same with Wikipedia.  I've actually added a few bits of info to the IMDb and Wikipedia over the years.  I've not added anything to the IMDb lately, but I have added a few nuggets of info to Wikipedia in the recent past. 

By the way, LORNA, do you like *lurid* video box art? 

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I have a difficult time thinking many would be interested in Kent Smith, cigarjoe. He has to be one of the dullest, least exciting actors that I have seen from the studio era. There is understandably good reason why he never became a major player and was usually in the supporting cast.

On the other hand, if viewers largely ignore Smith (which is more than easy to do) he did, as you pointed out, appear in a few good to decent films (no thanks to him). I would add the much maligned The Fountainhead to your list as an interesting film. Smith played a bland sell out conformist architect in that film (appropriate casting).

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Lurid box art and posters are so much fun.  :)

You might find the UK  'HOKUSHIN VIDEO' release box art of a movie re-titled VIOLATION OF THE B-I-T-C-H  very amusing.  If you 'Google' it in your search bar I'm sure several 'images' will pop up.  This tape really was rented out in British video stores in the 1980s with its hilariously lurid cover.   → You really have to see it to believe it.  

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1 hour ago, TomJH said:

I have a difficult time thinking many would be interested in Kent Smith, cigarjoe. He has to be one of the dullest, least exciting actors that I have seen from the studio era. There is understandably good reason why he never became a major player and was usually in the supporting cast.

 

I'm with you.

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Without doubt Nora Prentiss had one of Smith's best roles, and he's the main player in the film, even more screen time than top billed Ann Sheridan.

Hard pressed to think of the times I've ever seen someone call Kent Smith's performance "fantastic," though - in any film he made. In fact the number of times I've seen it now stands at one.

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4 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

He was just in the recent Cat People (1941) and Curse of the Cat People (1944)

and 

The Spiral Staircase (1946)

Nora Prentiss (1947)

The Damned Don't Cry (1950)

This Side of the Law (1950)

Party Girl (1958)

The Trouble with Angels (1966)

The Night Stalker (TV Movie 1972)

So which of these is your favorite?

One thing that impresses me about Kent Smith is how nicely he aged. He has guest roles on 70s shows like The Streets of San Francisco and Wonder Woman and he still looks quite handsome at the end of his career.

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While Kent Smith might not be a very interesting actor,    he was in a lot of really good films and thus he would make for a solid SUTS candidate.    Appropriate casting is the key:   when the fit was right Kent Smith was a good choice  -  a more animated actor wouldn't have worked as well. 

 

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Kent Smith films in the Turner library:

THE GARDEN MURDER CASE (1936)...MGM
CAT PEOPLE (1942)...RKO
HITLER'S CHILDREN (1943)...RKO
FOREVER AND A DAY (1945)...RKO, public domain
THIS LAND IS MINE (1943)...RKO
THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (1944)...RKO
YOUTH RUNS WILD (1944)...RKO
THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1946)...RKO
THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE (1947)...WB (also known as ONE FOR THE BOOK)
NORA PRENTISS (1947)...WB
THE FOUNTAINHEAD (1949)...WB
THE DAMNED DON'T CRY (1950)...WB
THIS SIDE OF THE LAW (1950)...WB
COMANCHE (1956)...UA
SAYONARA (1957)...MGM
IMITATION GENERAL (1958)...MGM
THE BADLANDERS (1958)...MGM
PARTY GIRL (1958)...MGM
THE MUGGER (1958)...UA
SUSAN SLADE (1961)...WB
A DISTANT TRUMPET (1964)...WB
YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE (1964)...WB
THE YOUNG LOVERS (1964)...MGM
A COVENANT WITH DEATH (1967)...WB
KONA COAST (1968)...WB
DEATH OF A GUNFIGHTER (1969)...public domain

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13 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

He was just in the recent Cat People (1941) and Curse of the Cat People (1944)

 

Here is a bio from IMDB and I agree with it. I am not a fan but movies needed actors like him (they still do), on a sport team he would be an important utility player like in hockey or baseball, he was a good stage actor and this is good enough for me.He was not picked up by a talent agent at a gas station pumping gas... Some actors are better than others, I like Gary Cooper, seen over 60 films by him but I keep seeing a very wooden actor. Suts for  Smith is a fair and good choice.   

From IMDB  He was one of Hollywood's more interesting curiosities. Kent Smith, by most standards, had the makings of a topflight '40s and '50s film star--handsome, virile, personable, highly dedicated, equipped with a rich stage background--and no slouch in the talent department. For some reason all these fine qualities did not add up to stardom, which would remain elusive in a career that nevertheless covered almost five decades. Today, Smith's name and face have been almost completely forgotten. His solid body of work on stage, screen and TV certainly defies such treatment. Perhaps his looks weren't distinctive enough, perhaps he was overshadowed once too often by his more popular female screen stars, perhaps there was a certain lack of charisma or sex appeal for audiences to latch onto, or perhaps a lack of ego or even an interest in being a "name" star. Whatever the reason, this purposeful lead and second lead's resume deserves more than a passing glance.

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Kent Smith had a lengthy and highly respected career in the theater, playing the classics as well as modern plays. In addition to Shaw's Candida with Katherine Cornell and Mildred Natwick,  he played in Saint Joan with Siobhan McKenna; as Bolingbroke in Richard II (Maurice Evans was Richard); he originated the role of Rudd Kendall (played onscreen by Gig Young) in the Broadway premiere of Old Acquaintance with Jane Cowl and Peggy Wood; and in countless other productions.

https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/kent-smith-60413

 

 

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4 hours ago, TomJH said:

I have a difficult time thinking many would be interested in Kent Smith, cigarjoe. He has to be one of the dullest, least exciting actors that I have seen from the studio era. There is understandably good reason why he never became a major player and was usually in the supporting cast.

On the other hand, if viewers largely ignore Smith (which is more than easy to do) he did, as you pointed out, appear in a few good to decent films (no thanks to him). I would add the much maligned The Fountainhead to your list as an interesting film. Smith played a bland sell out conformist architect in that film (appropriate casting).

Its for the lineup of interesting  films he's in not the actor per say. 

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2 hours ago, TopBilled said:

So which of these is your favorite?

One thing that impresses me about Kent Smith is how nicely he aged. He has guest roles on 70s shows like The Streets of San Francisco and Wonder Woman and he still looks quite handsome at the end of his career.

Nora Prentiss and Cat People

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He was so distinguished in later years.   I've liked him in everything I've seen him in.  Here he is above in his recurring role as "Edgar Scoville",   the prominent industrialist that David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) manages to recruit to the cause of exposing the aliens in "The Invaders".

When well cast, I think he was ideal as a sort of all-American type who could be either reassuring in his "normalcy",   or interesting for the perceived bafflement or corruption that lay beneath that unruffled surface.   I often like "bland",  or what's perceived as bland, ha.   Love Joel McCrea,  and to a lesser extent, character players like Simon Scott and others who bring a similar quality....    

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Wow, NAKANO,  that's fascinating--  I wouldn't have thought that Joel McCrea would be underrated here, of all places.   Completely agree with you as to his "fab factor" both as performer and person.   I think there are more of us McCrea admirers than we realize, too.   I was surprised in a recent discussion as to how many others love him as well....

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23 hours ago, lilypond said:

 

.....When well cast, I think he was ideal as a sort of all-American type who could be either reassuring in his "normalcy",   or interesting for the perceived bafflement or corruption that lay beneath that unruffled surface.   I often like "bland",  or what's perceived as bland, ha.   Love Joel McCrea,  and to a lesser extent, character players like Simon Scott and others who bring a similar quality....    

Glad you appreciate JOEL McCREA, lilypond.  However,  I would never have thought of him as "bland",  and certainly not in any way similar to Kent Smith,  who truly was bland  ( although I kind of like him anyway.)

The reason I wrote Joel McCrea's name in caps is because years ago, I started a thread here advocating for JOEL McCREA to be Star of the Month.  I kept it up for a while,  often writing silly doggerel rhymes to make my point,  ( Because "McCREA" rhymes with so many words,  it was fun.)

I know this thread is about Kent Smith,  and I don't want to derail it,  but I'll just say JOEL McCREA  was funny and charming and handsome, he's enjoyable in everything I've seen him in, from The More the Merrier to Foreign Correspondent  to Ride the High Country.   I don't think he ever has been Star of the Month,  but I may be wrong, anyone who knows different please enlighten me.

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