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Hola, Bronxita -- But they were all losers. No wonder you like her.

 

That's the only gals I have a shot with!

 

No, a green silk scarf with a large golden harp and three-leaf clovers.

 

Ooooohhh, very nice. Those dames are always sweet to guys. :)

 

The only Bennett you seem to like is Marco.

 

What about Joan!

 

I can't believe this. You love strong (but non-witchy) females. They have to make you laugh and be a pal as well as a romantic partner.

 

I like strong females?

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> Where's your list?! Are Rhett and Scarlett at the top of each?

 

I know. I was going to work on it today at work. But then at work they wanted me to do work-work, not my-work. So...I still have to work on it. And to answer your question, wait and see.

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Great film. When Armand yells at Marguerite and throws his money at her "...buy a grave!? he was so heartbroken. Then the Baron de Varville makes a dig at her and Armand slaps the Baron. I loved LOVED the way the Baron (Henry Daniell) says:

 

"You shall answer to me for this!!!"

 

Aaaaahhhh the great Garbo.

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I might as well post these favorites, because I could keep fiddling with them forever. They are in order of preference:

 

Male:

 

1. *Tom Doniphon* - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

2. *Rhett Butler* - Gone with the Wind

3. *Abraham Lincoln* - Young Mr. Lincoln

4. "Bull" Stanley - 3 Bad Men

5. *Ethan Edwards* - The Searchers

6. *Shane* - Shane

7. *Joe Chapin* - Ten North Frederick

8. *George Bull* - Doctor Bull

9. *Will Kane* - High Noon

10. O'Hara - The General Died at Dawn

11. *John Marlowe* - The Horse Soldiers

12. *Martin Brady* - The Wonderful Country

13. *Link* - Man of the West

14. *Wyatt Earp* - My Darling Clementine

15. Lt. John Brickley - They Were Expendable

16. *John Books* - The Shootist

17. *Gay Langan* - The Misfits

18. *Major Surov* - The Journey

19. *Dan Milner* - His Kind of Woman

20. *General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine* - Anastasia

21. *Liberty Valance* - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

22. *Hooker* - Garden of Evil

23. *Ben Marco* - The Manchurian Candidate

24. *Nicholas Charles* - The Thin Man

25. *John Pearly* - Steamboat 'Round the Bend

26. *William Pittman Priest* - Judge Priest

27. *James Bond* - 007

28. *Jeff Bailey* - Out of the Past

29. *Danny* - Night Must Fall

30. John "Doc" Holiday - My Darling Clementine

31. *Ringo* - Stagecoach

32. *Joe Leland* - The Detective

33. *Kirby Yorke* - Rio Grande

34. *Sam Loggins* - Kings Go Forth

35. *Lucky Gagin* - Ride the Pink Horse

36. *Tom Joad* - The Grapes of Wrath

37. *Vic Marswell* - Mogambo

38. *Daniel* - Shepherd of the Hills

39. *Captain Daniel Gregg* - The Ghost and Mrs Muir

40. *Mark Rutland* - Marnie

41. *Baron Felix von Geigern* - Grand Hotel

42. *Roy Earle* - High Sierra

43. *Sam Spade* - The Maltese Falcon

44. *Pepe Le Moko* - Algiers

45. *Jeff McCloud* - The Lusty Men

46. *Francois Villon* - The Beloved Rogue

47. *Dixon Steele* - In a Lonely Place

48. *Geoff Carter* - Only Angels Have Wings

49. *Candy Johnson* - **** Tonk

50. *Peter Blood* - Captain Blood

 

Female:

 

1. Scarlett O'Hara - GWTW

2. *Honey Bear Kelly* - Mogambo

3. *Reggie Lambert* - Charade

4. *Roslyn Taber* - The Misfits

5. *Irene Bullock* - My Man Godfrey

6. *Beth Morgan* - How Green Was My Valley

7. *Kathleen Yorke* - Rio Grande

8. Angharad Morgan-Evans - How Green Was My Valley

9. *Nora Charles* - The Thin Man

10. *Laura Hunt* - Laura

11. *Ann Barton* - Test Pilot

12. *Ann* - Mr and Mrs Smith

13. *Iris Henderson* - The Lady Vanishes

14. *Myra* - Waterloo Bridge (1940)

15. *Maxine Faulk* - Night of the Iguana

16. *Lora Mae* - A Letter to Three Wives

17. Holly Go-Lightly - Breakfast at Tiffany's

18. *Mae Doyle* - Clash by Night

19. *Lorelei Lee* - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

20. *Gilda Munson Farrell* - Gilda

21. *Lucia Harper* - The Reckless Moment

22. *Penelope Worth* - Angel and the Bad Man

23. *Debbie* - The Big Heat

24. *Leslie Benedict* - Giant

25. *Mrs. McKlennar* - Drums Along the Mohawk

26. *Amy Jolly* - Morocco

27. *Catherine Holly* - Suddenly, Last Summer

28. *Marnie* - Marnie

29. *Jerry* - Man Hunt

30. *Mary Kate Dannagher* - The Quiet Man

31. Maggie "The Cat" Pollit - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

32. *Mammie* - GWTW

33. *Ann Shankland* - Separate Tables

34. *Helen Ramirez* - High Noon

35. *Margo Channing* - All About Eve

36. *Penelope* - Penleope

37. *Diana Scott* - Darling

38. *Hattie Durant* - The Grass is Greener

39. *Poppy* - The Shanghai Gesture

40. *Peggy* - Clash by Night

41. *Constance MacKenzie* - Peyton Place

42. *Cluny* - Cluny Brown

43. *Judith Farrow* - The Tamarind Seed

44. *Stella* - Rear Window

45. *Kitty Packard* - Dinner at Eight

46. *Judith Traherne* - Dark Victory

47. *Sadie* - Miss Sadie Thompson

48. *Elsie Springfield* - The Prince and the Showgirl

49. *Lisa Berndle* - Letter From an Unknown Woman

50. *Nell* - Don't Bother to Knock

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Do you watch anything other than Ford, Wayne, Cooper, and Gable?! Poor Bogie.

 

I see many western men but not too many western women. I'd like to see Doniphon meet up with Diana.

 

Where are the bad girls and boys?! I only see a few!

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> {quote:title=movieman1957 wrote:}{quote}

> I also found it interesting how many of the men on your list are Ford or more than that Western characters. An interesting list.

 

Hi, Chris,

 

That's probably the biggest change for me over recent years. Westerns have become an official "addiction" with me, and I love to retreat into them more and more.

 

It's hard to limit it to one element, but it may just be that the strong but complex characters in Ford are the main reason I love his films so much. _Characters_ have always been my main draw to any movie; after that comes storyline. And yes, I tend to be drawn to male characters more than female. A sorry or annoying male leading character can truly sink even a good movie with me, no matter how wonderful the female lead (GWTW is a good example, I'm not sure if it would be my favorite film without Rhett, even though I love Scarlett). For me, a strong or interesting male leading character can make up for a sorry or annoying female one. If that makes sense. :P

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> {quote:title=FrankGrimes wrote:}{quote}

> Do you watch anything other than Ford, Wayne, Cooper, and Gable?! Poor Bogie.

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Bogie is there, twice!! And by the way, on MY list ALL of them are favorites, they don't "fade away into indifference" after the first few. So a low ranking only bespeaks how many movies I enjoy, not that I don't like them.

 

> I see many western men but not too many western women. I'd like to see Doniphon meet up with Diana.

>

 

:D She'd have been on the first stage out of Shinbone if she ever landed there in the first place.

 

> Where are the bad girls and boys?! I only see a few!

 

You must know by now I'm not that into villains as much as YOU are (birds of a feather). I think this is the first time an out-and-out villain made it into my top 50....Liberty Valance.

 

Can I help it Ford did it best?

 

And where are my props for including Debbie? I love that little coffe-pot wielding gal. Now THERE'S WOMAN FOR DONIPHON. I think they'd have made a great pair. When Liberty knocked the steak to the floor, she could have thrown coffee in his face...again. :D:D

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Bogie is there, twice!!

 

You buried him! And he even risked his life for you and that dog! We men just never learn.

 

Where's Robert Ryan, you big phony?!

 

And by the way, on MY list ALL of them are favorites, they don't "fade away into indifference" after the first few. So a low ranking only bespeaks how many movies I enjoy, not that I don't like them.

 

That's how my list is! But those at the top I like more than those in the middle or bottom! That's the point of ranking them! At least the top two fit your likes: condescending jerks. :P

 

You must know by now I'm not that into villains as much as YOU are (birds of a feather).

 

We're not appreciated by snobs!

 

I think this is the first time an out-and-out villain made it into my top 50....Liberty Valance.

 

Your "Danny" ain't no angel, either. Where's Ranse? Where are the Hitchcockians?!

 

Can I help it Ford did it best?

 

You need a million spankings!

 

And where are my props for including Debbie? I love that little coffe-pot wielding gal. Now THERE'S WOMAN FOR DONIPHON. I think they'd have made a great pair. When Liberty knocked the steak to the floor, she could have thrown coffee in his face...again.

 

That did surprise me. You actually rank a Gloria Grahame character higher than me. I feel awful.

 

For me, a strong or interesting male leading character can make up for a sorry or annoying female one. If that makes sense.

 

Then you better find yourself a strong leading male, Miss Annoying!

 

Signed,

Weak Supporting Boy :P

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> You buried him! And he even risked his life for you and that dog! We men just never learn.

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:D He is NOT buried for goodness sake! I TOLD you I like ALL of these characters, it's just hard to rank them!!! Most of them are ties!

 

> Where's Robert Ryan, you big phony?!

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Ooooh dear, I KNEW there was someone I was forgetting. *Jim Wilson*. I've been fiddling with the lists for two days. This is the problem when you've seen so many movies. Jim should definitely be on there, quite high, too.

 

> That's how my list is! But those at the top I like more than those in the middle or bottom! That's the point of ranking them! At least the top two fit your likes: condescending jerks. :P

>

 

Oh, no! You must have a death wish. But you're the "undead" so I don't know what to do. Bronxie, do you still have my silver stake? I think I have a need for it.

 

> You must know by now I'm not that into villains as much as YOU are (birds of a feather).

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> We're not appreciated by snobs!

>

 

Tough nookies, Liberty Vladance.

 

 

> I think this is the first time an out-and-out villain made it into my top 50....Liberty Valance.

>

> Your "Danny" ain't no angel, either. Where's Ranse? Where are the Hitchcockians?!

>

 

Yes, Danny is the other.

 

Ranse!? Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwww!!!! :P:P

 

Stella, Mark and Marnie are there. My next 50 would feature more of them.

 

> Can I help it Ford did it best?

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> You need a million spankings!

>

 

You need a million silver stakes, bullets and ropes!

 

 

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> That did surprise me. You actually rank a Gloria Grahame character higher than me. I feel awful.

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Yes, sirreee!

 

> For me, a strong or interesting male leading character can make up for a sorry or annoying female one. If that makes sense.

>

> Then you better find yourself a strong leading male, Miss Annoying!

>

 

I wish I could.

 

> Signed,

> Weak Supporting Boy :P

 

Perfect casting if there ever was.

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He is NOT buried for goodness sake! I TOLD you I like ALL of these characters, it's just hard to rank them!!! Most of them are ties!

 

Such nonsense. I always told Bogie you didn't really love him. He didn't believe me. I don't think he'll ever recover.

 

Ooooh dear, I KNEW there was someone I was forgetting. Jim Wilson. I've been fiddling with the lists for two days. This is the problem when you've seen so many movies. Jim should definitely be on there, quite high, too.

 

Jim Wilson? Where's Earl Pfeiffer?! He loves how you buzz around.

 

Oh, no! You must have a death wish.

 

I'm watching Ford, Wayne, Coop, and Greer, ain't I?

 

Ranse!? Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwww!!!!

 

So does this mean he's #51?

 

Stella, Mark and Marnie are there. My next 50 would feature more of them.

 

You're full of it! The next 50 would feature twenty-five "Quincannons" and twenty-five "O'Whosits"!

 

Then you better find yourself a strong leading male, Miss Annoying!

 

I wish I could.

 

We've got a reality show! We can round up ten condescending jerks to see which one will be forced to watch an eternity of Ford with a snippy lass.

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> Such nonsense. I always told Bogie you didn't really love him. He didn't believe me. I don't think he'll ever recover.

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Ha! Like Bogie would waste much time crying over a dame.

 

> Jim Wilson? Where's Earl Pfeiffer?! He loves how you buzz around.

>

 

:D I like Earl, but there are other Ryan characters that would top him: like William Shrike (Lonelyhearts), Blaise Starrett (Day of the Outlaw) and even Hans (The Professionals) and Deke (The Wild Bunch).

 

> Oh, no! You must have a death wish.

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> I'm watching Ford, Wayne, Coop, and Greer, ain't I?

>

 

That's your only hope!

 

> Ranse!? Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwww!!!!

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> So does this mean he's #51?

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yes...1,000,000,000,051.

 

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> You're full of it! The next 50 would feature twenty-five "Quincannons" and twenty-five "O'Whosits"!

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hahahaahahaaa!

 

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> We've got a reality show! We can round up ten condescending jerks to see which one will be forced to watch an eternity of Ford with a snippy lass.

 

Oh my you're going to get me fired for laughing at work!

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Ha! Like Bogie would waste much time crying over a dame.

 

He does in High Sierra! He cries over TWO dames!

 

Oh, no! You must have a death wish.

 

I'm watching Ford, Wayne, Coop, and Greer, ain't I?

 

That's your only hope!

 

For a slow and painful death wish!

 

I must admit, I'm impressed by your lists. Your tastes are horrible, for the most part, but that you actually came up with your top 50, in order, speaks volumes. Very nicely done. I figured you could do it. It's another way of looking at your favorite movies.

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> {quote:title=FrankGrimes wrote:}{quote}

> Ha! Like Bogie would waste much time crying over a dame.

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> He does in High Sierra! He cries over TWO dames!

>

 

Well, he is hurt by one but he doesn't cry over them for goodness sake. I can't even picture that.

 

> For a slow and painful death wish!

>

 

All good things are borne from painful experience. :P

 

> I must admit, I'm impressed by your lists. Your tastes are horrible, for the most part, but that you actually came up with your top 50, in order, speaks volumes. Very nicely done. I figured you could do it. It's another way of looking at your favorite movies.

 

Gee, thanks, I think.

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22 actors make up your 50 favorite male characters and 32 actresses make up your 50 favorite female characters. Mine was 30 and 33, respectively. So it seems you really prefer certain actors.

 

1. John Wayne (211 points)

2. Gary Cooper (194)

3. Robert Mitchum (100)

4. Henry Fonda (100)

5. Clark Gable (97)

6. Will Rogers (94)

7. Robert Montgomery (74)

8. Frank Sinatra (64)

9. Yul Brynner (64)

 

Yul, Mitch, and Hank are definitely the surprises, for me. The rest are noted favorites of yours.

 

1. Maureen O'Hara (108)

2. Marilyn Monroe (94)

3. Vivien Leigh (87)

4. Ava Gardner (85)

5. Carole Lombard (85)

6. Audrey Hepburn (82)

7. Myrna Loy (82)

8. Elizabeth Taylor (71)

9. Rita Hayworth (53)

10. Gene Tierney (53)

 

This is very consistent with your likes... with the exception of Maureen being at the top.

 

Mine:

 

1. Cary Grant (190)

2. Robert Mitchum (133)

3. Humphrey Bogart (103)

4. Robert Ryan (80)

5. Richard Widmark (74)

 

Surprisingly, James Stewart didn't have as many high-ranking characters as I expected he would. He's the one who is missing.

 

1. Joan Bennett (122)

2. Grace Kelly (94)

3. Maureen O'Hara (82)

4. Ingrid Bergman (61)

5. Rita Hayworth (60)

6. Linda Darnell (57)

7. Kim Novak (55)

8. Ava Gardner (54)

9. Claudia Cardinale (53)

10. Myrna Loy (48)

 

Joan at the top is a big surprise, but the bigger surprise is, where's Gloria Grahame, Gene Tierney, and Barbara Stanwyck?

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