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OK. Here goes nothin'. ha.

 

I am such a LOUSY list maker, (I always leave something out, or forget what order I want things to go in, ect.) but as I mentioned earlier, Mr. Grey, YOU and Miss G have inspired me. OH ME, I am so impressed by your ability to know your own mind. GOOD golly, you two. You make it look so easy. But it is WAY so very way hard. Ha.

 

Now I imagine I will find all sorts of flaws after I post this , and think of a GAZILLION other characters in all sorts of other movies and wish I had listed them all in a different order, blah blah blah, (ha) But here is my list to DATE (and it is subject to change at any given moment, such as it is) ha.

 

*TOP 50 MALE CHARACTERS*

1)Tom Doniphan-TMWSLV (John Wayne)

2)Ethan Edwards-The Searchers (John Wayne again) And I have to be honest, I go back and forth with #1 and #2 all the time but this is how I will rate them TODAY.(ha)

3)Rooster Cogburn-True Grit.(but not so much in the sequal, Rooster Cogburn, ha) Yes, I know. Ha. ANOTHER Duke. I am hopeless, ha)

4)Jefferson Smith - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Jimmy Stewart)

5)Hondo (GO DUKE!! Ha.) (Grey Dude, I SWEAR I am not stacking the deck here, ha)

6)Gus McCrae- Lonesome Dove (Robert Duvall) (And he use to be in my firstplace spot for a male Western character , so THIS is an interesting turn of events for me. But lately I have been so immersed in Ford, the Duke has finally beaten him out)

7)Danny- Night Must Fall (Robert Montgomery) (YIKES, I am getting the creeps just THINKING about him in this movie)

8)George Bailey- It?s a Wonderful Life (Jimmy Stewart)

9)Will Kane-High Noon (Gary Cooper)

10)Jimmy Malone-The Untouchables. (Sean Connery)

11)Liberty Valance- TMWSLV (without Lee Marvin it would just have been ?The Man who Shot) ha. OH GOLLY what a bad guy.

12)Red Will Danaher- The Quiet Man ( Victor Mclaglen)

13)Bull Stanley-3 Bad Men (Tom Santschi)

14)Gypo- The Informer (Victor Mclaglen again)

14)Destry -Destry Rides Again (Jimmy Stewart)

15)Stumpy (one of Rio Bravo?s Finest, ha) Walter Brennan)

16)Rhett Butler- Gone With the Wind (Clark Gable)

17)Mortimer Brewster-Arsenic and Old Lace (Cary Grant)

18 Kid Dabb-Only Angels Have Wings (Thomas Mitchell)

19)Pastor Pyle- Sergeant York (Walter Brennan)

20)The Cowardly Lion- The Wizard of Oz (Bert Lahr) I only recently discovered he is my all time fave character in that movie, (except for maybe TOTO, that is) ha.

21)KING KONG (the original of course, in the movie of the same name, ha. Played by, KING KONG. Ha)

22)Shane- Alan Ladd

23)Gil- The OxBow Incident (Henry Fonda)

24)Big Jake McCandles (yes I know, ha. I?m hopeless.)

25)Alvin York- Sgt York (Gary Cooper)

26)Uncle Charlie-Shadow of a Doubt (Joseph Cotton)

27)T E Lawrence-Lawrence of Arabia (Peter O?Toole)

28)TC Jeffords -The Furies. (Walter Huston) I KNOW! It was a surprise for me too! Ha. I LOVED to hate him though.

29)The Little Tramp-The Gold Rush(Charlie Chaplin)

30)Jamie-Empire of the Sun (Christian Bale)

31)Basie-Empire of the Sun (John Malkovich)

32)Pa Clanton-My Darling Clementine (Walter Brennan)

33)Ranse Stoddard-TMWSLV (Jimmy Stewart)

34)Samwise Gamgee- The Lord of the Rings (Sean Astin)

35)Elwood-Harvey (Jimmy Stewart)

36)Sean Thornton -TQM (definitely my fave movie, just not my fave Duke role)

37)Father Lonergan-The Quiet Man (Ward Bond)

38)Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz- The Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan)

39)Harry Lime-The Third Man (Orson Welles) OH what another piece of work, THERE)

40)Darth Vader-Star Wars (played by somebody in a suit and James Earl Jones, ha)

41)Indiana Jones-Raiders of the Lost Ark (Harrison Ford) yes I know. Ha. He is a sentimental favorite) ha.

42)Col. Thursday- Ft Apache (Henry Fonda)

43)GW McLintock (a TOTAL laugh riot, mud and all) played by, well, you know. (ha)

44)Peter Warne-It Happened One Night (Clark Gable)

45)Geoff Carter-OAHW (Cary Grant)

46)Gregory-Gaslight (Charles Boyer)

47)Carl Frederickson- Up (voiced by Edward Asner) a NEW favorite.

48)Harry-Night of the Hunter (Robert Mitchum) OH what a piece of work, THAT guy was!

49)Henry II-The Lion in Winter (Peter O?Toole)

50)Nicholson-Bridge on the River Kwai (Alec Guiness)

 

*TOP 50 FEMALE CHARACTERS:* And may I say, this was WAY harder for me than most of the men (in terms of placing them in any sort of order) and I have to confess it may not be a totally accurate reflection of my true ranking for some of these characters. It just got so difficult, ha, I finally just gave up and decided to go w/ what I?ve got (but the first twenty or so are pretty much right)

 

1)Mary Kate Danaher-The Quiet Man (Maureen O?Hara) (big surprise, I know, ha)

2)Katherine Sloper-The Heiress (Olivia de Havilland)

3)Beth March-Little Women (Margaret Obrien)

4)Mother York ?Sergeant York (Margaret Wycherly)

5)Melanie-Gone With The Wind (Olivia de Havilland)

6)Elinor Dashwood-Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson)

7)Ma Stone-Jane Darwell (The Devil and Daniel Webster)

8)Mary Bailey-It?s A Wonderful Life (Donna Reed)

9)The Wicked Witch of the West/Miss Gulch-The Wizard of Oz (Margaret Hamilton)

10)Calamity Jane-The Plainsman (Jean Arthur)

11)Bonnie-Only Angels Have Wings (Jean Arthur)

12)Tootie-Meet Me in St. Louis (Margaret O?Brien)

13)Saunders-Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (Jean Arthur)

14)Paula-Gaslight (Ingrid Bergman) (are you HAPPY now, Grey Dude??? Ha)

15)Rhoda-The Bad Seed (Patty McCormack)

16)Katherine McLintock-(mud and all) Maureen O?hara

17)Mammy-Gone With The Wind (Hattie McDaniel)

18)Vance Jeffords-The Furies (Barbara Stanwyck)

19)Beth Morgan-How Green Was My Valley(Sara Allgood)

20)Rachel-Night of the Hunter (Lillian Gish)

21)Mrs. Miniver-in the movie of the same name (Greer Garson)

22)Angharad-How Green Was My Valley (Maureen O?hara)

23)Alicia Huberman-Notorious (Ingrid Bergman)

24)Stella-Rear Window (Thelma Ritter)

25)Kathleen York-Rio Grande (Maureen O?hara)

26)Dallas-Stagecoach (Claire Trevor)

27)Frenchie-Destry Rides Again (Marlene Dietrich)

28)Scarlett O?hara-Gone With The Wind (Vivien Leigh)

30)Alexandra-Knight Without Armor (Marlene Dietrich)

31)Stella Dallas-in the movie of the same name (Barbara Stanwyck)

32)Alice Adams-in the movie of the same name (Katherine Hepburn)

33)Lisa-Rear Window (Grace Kelly)

34)Molly Brown-The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Debbie Reynolds)

35)Tracy Lord-The Philadelphia Story (Katherine Hepburn)

36)Eleanor of Aquitaine- The Lion in Winter (Katherine Hepburn)

37)Lady Catherine-Pride and Prejudice (Edna May Oliver)

38)Lady Beldon-Mrs. Miniver (Dame May Witty)

39)Marian Starrett-Shane (Jean Arthur)

40)Laurie Jorgensen-The Searchers (Vera Miles)

41)Mrs Danvers-Rebecca (Judith Anderson)

42)Mrs. Lowell-Hondo (Gerldine Page)

43)Mrs. Bramson-Night Must Fall (Dame May Witty)

44)Dorothy Gale-The Wizard of Oz (Judy Garland)

45)Miss Froy-The Lady Vanishes (Dame May Witty)

46)Charlie-Shadow of a Doubt (Teresa Wright)

47)Eowyn-The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King (Miranda Otto)

48)Edwina-The Rains Came (Myrna Loy)

49)The Wife-Sunrise (Janet Gaynor)

50)Maharani-The Rains Came (Maria Ouspenskaya)

 

OK Jackie.. If I can do it... ANYONE can... ha. Hope you are feeling better soon... so you can GET back here and give us YOUR list, little darlin' :-)

 

Edited by: rohanaka on Mar 11, 2010 3:25 PM (because I wasn't kidding..ha. Those ladies are giving me a hard time..ha. And I am STILL Not sure I won't change it again! ha)

 

Edited by: rohanaka on Mar 11, 2010 3:35 PM

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You are SMOKIN' HOT! Great list, my friend.

 

And you'd be surprised at how many similar characters we have.

 

I've got a first draft - just the characters that came to me off the top of my head. Now for the real work... I will have to wait till my head clears a little bit. Maybe I can get it together tomorrow.

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Ha.. thanks Jackie.. and, well, don't be TOO impressed, kid. I am embarrassed to admit how HARD this was..ha. I likely could have spent even MORE time on it, but then I'd NEVER have posted it. ha. Hope you have better luck organizing your thoughts (and hope you are at least feeling a little bit better, kid)

 

I'll be on the edge of my seat, waiting for you little gal. :-) And PS: I won't be surprised if we DO have some in common.ha. We ARE long lost sisters, after all. ha.

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Oh my word, RO that is an OUTSTANDING list!!!! I saw several characters I can't believe i left off my list (RHODA!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and I'm just SO IMPRESSED. I can't wait to see Jackie and Butterscotch's next.

 

I'll reply more tomorrow when I'm more energetic.

 

Jackie---take care and rest up!!

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Okay so I promised a list and here it is! :D In order of preference:

 

Female characters:

 

1. Paula Ridgeway ~ Random Harvest

2. Belle ~ Beauty and the Beast (Disney).....I just had to put my princess in there! :D

3. Millie Dilmount ~ Thoroughly Modern Millie

4. Elizabeth Bennett ~ Pride and Prejudice (1940)

5. Fanny Brice ~ Funny Girl

6. Esther Blodgett ~ A Star is born (1954)

7. Holly Golightly ~ Breakfast at Tiffany's

8. Rachel Harvey ~ Rachel and the Stranger

9. Lily Mars ~ Presenting Lily Mars

10. Katrin Holstrom ~ The Farmer's Daughter

11. Charlotte Vale ~ Now, Voyager

12. Kay Miniver ~ Mrs. Miniver

13. Rose Sayer ~ The African Queen

14. Reggie Lambert ~ Charade

15. Nora Charles ~ The Thin Man

16. Penelope Worth ~ Angel and the Badman

17. Kathleen Yorke ~ Rio Grande

18. Margie ~ Margie

19. Amelia Dedham ~ Donovan's Reef

20. Patsy Deyo ~ Two Girls and a Sailor

21. Sugar Kane ~ Some Like it Hot

22. Erika Angermann ~ Fraulein

23. Fraulein Maria ~ Sound of Music

24. Mary Stuart Chern ~ Many Rivers to Cross

25. Honey Bear Kelly ~ Mogambo

26. Joanna Leiningen ~ The Naked Jungle

27. Margot Sherwood Merrick ~ Third Finger, Left Hand

28. Theodora Lynn ~ Theodora Goes Wild

29. Katherine Gilhooley McLintock ~ McLintock!

30. Kathy ~ Wuthering Heights

31. Dallas ~ Stagecoach

32. Judith Traherne ~ Dark Victory

33. Miss Spinney ~ The Portrait of Jennie

34. Mary Rafferty ~ Valley of Decision

35. Jean Howard ~ Pillow to Post

36. Dolly Levi ~ Hello, Dolly!

37. Elizabeth Lane ~ Christmas in Connecticut

38. Barbara "Babbie" ~ The Little Minister (1974)

39. Jane Hudson ~ Summertime

40. Nancy Oliver ~ Gaslight

41. Sylvia Lockwood ~ Bride By Mistake

42. Eglantine Price ~ Bedknobs and Broomsticks

43. Laura Hunt ~ Laura

44. Winifred Jones ~ Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend

45. Kitty Wonder ~ Billy Rose's Jumbo

46. Carla Forester ~ Escape from Fort Bravo

47. Marie Curie ~ Madame Curie

48. Ado Annie Carnes ~ Oklahoma

49. Catherine Freneau ~ Father Goose

50. Patti Robinson ~ Two Weeks with Love

51. Mary Kate Danaher ~ The Quiet Man

52. Marie 'Slim' Browning ~ To Have and Have Not

53. Stella Goodwin ~ Out of the Fog

54. Elsie Marina ~ Prince and the Showgirl

55. Julie LaVerne ~ Show Boat

56. Mae Doyle D'Amato ~ Clash By Night

57. Evelyn Prentice ~ Evelyn Prentice

58. Nellie Kelly ~ Little Nellie Kelly

59. Alice Adams ~ Katharine Hepburn

60. Maxine Faulk ~ Night of the Iguana

 

Male characters

 

1. Melody Jones ~ Along Came Jones

2. Michael Donovan ~ Donovan's Reef

3. Bullwhip Griffin ~ The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

4. Smithy ~ Random Harvest

5. Mr. Darcy ~ Pride and Prejudice (1940)

6. Mr. Gruffydd ~ How Green Was My Valley

7. Mr. Chips ~ Goodbye, Mr. Chips

8. George Leslie ~ About Mrs. Leslie

9. Clem Miniver ~ Mrs. Miniver

10. Tom Doniphon ~ The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

11. Walter Christopher Eckland ~ Father Goose

12. Doc Frail ~ The Hanging Tree

13. Dr. Jaquith ~ Now, Voyager

14. Sherlock Holmes ~ Sherlock Holmes series.....Basil Rathbone

15. Peter Blood ~ Captain Blood

16. Rooster Cogburn ~ Rooster Cogburn

17. Larry Darrell ~ The Razor's Edge

18. Andre Moreau ~ Scaramouche

19. Kid Shelleen ~ Cat Ballou

20. T.R. Devlin ~ Notorious

21. Lucky Garnett ~ Swing Time

22. Major Bennett Marco ~ Manchurian Candidate

23. David **** ~ Arabesque

24. Stretch Willoughby ~ Cowboy and the Lady

25. Gilhooley ~ Donovan's Reef

26. Don Lockwood ~ Singin' in the Rain

27. G. W. McLintock ~ McLintock!

28. Ted Randall ~ A Guy Named Joe

29. Glenn Miller ~ Glenn Miller Story

30. Bushrod Gentry ~ Many Rivers to Cross

31. Sam Spade ~ The Maltese Falcon

32. Will Kane ~ High Noon[/b]

33. Joe Bradley ~ Roman Holiday

34. Charlie Y. Reader ~ The Tender Trap

35. Sean Mercer ~ Hatari!

36. Fisby ~ Teahouse of the August Moon

37. Jason Sweet ~ The Sheepman

38. Nickie Ferrante ~ An Affair to Remember

39. Atticus Finch ~ To Kill a Mockingbird

40. Holley ~ Battleground

41. Rudolf Rassendy ll ~ Prisoner of Zenda

42. Charlie Allnut ~ African Queen

43. Allan Quatermain ~ King Soloman's Mines

44. Dixon Steele ~ In a Lonely Place

45. Captain Von Trapp ~ Sound of Music

46. Philip Carey ~ Of Human Bondage (1946)

47. Zorro ~ Mark of Zorro (1940)

48. Nick Charles ~ The Thin Man

49. Godfrey Godfrey ~ My Man Godfrey

50. Preston Dillard ~ Jezebel

51. Vernon Castle ~ the Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

52. Pierre Curie ~ Madame Curie

53. Wyatt Earp ~ My Darling Clementine

54. Roy Earle ~ High Sierra

55. Rhett Butler ~ Gone With the Wind

56. Heathcliffe ~ Wuthering Heights

57. Mortimer Brewster ~ Arsenic and Old Lace

58. Huw ~ How Green Was My Valley

59. Mr. Allison ~ Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

60. Victor Albee Norman ~ The Hucksters

 

 

Phew!!! That took a little longer than I thought it would! And i'll probably think of way more after I post this...unfortunately. Heehee!

 

Edited by: butterscotchgreer on Mar 12, 2010 12:05 AM

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What excellent lists...and full of surprises, Miss T! Wow! You have George Leslie (Robert Ryan, About Mrs Leslie), Holley (Van Johnson, Battleground),Vic Norman (Clark Gable, The Hucksters), T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant, Notorious), Dallas (Stagecoach), Maxine Faulk (Ava Gardner, Night of the Iguana) and Dixon Steelel (In A Lonely Place) included and those are the biggest surprises to me. I also wish I'd had a couple of those on my list. Very, very impressive young lady!!

 

And I never even heard of this "Bullwhip" fellow or the movie! Who's the actor?

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Howdy, Quiet Gal -- Very nicely done! I'm completely impressed. I know coming up with a list of favorite characters is very difficult, and then to rank them in some kind of order, quite challenging. You did good! Your lists are quite reflective of you, particularly the men. But you also had quite a few surprises.

 

First off, I love that you have villains! (Take note, Miss Whosits!) Heck, you even have Darth Vader on the list and he's above Indy! I didn't know you liked Danny (Robert Montgomery in Night Must Fall) so much. So you'd fall for him, eh? :D

 

Definitely too much Duke and Ford. Blah. :P

 

I'm surprised "Doniphon" tops the list. I thought you liked "Ranse" more!

 

Lots of Jimmy, which was nice to see. "Geoff Carter" makes the list. Interesting.

 

And look at the Walter Brennans! You even have his "Pa Clanton," for goodness sake. You have to be the biggest Walter fan on the board.

 

As for the gals, you must be the biggest Dame May Whitty fan around. :D Now that surprised me.

 

Jean Arthur! You've got Jeanie ranked very highly. That was a surprise to me.

 

I like a gal who has two Marlene characters. I didn't know you liked Kate Hepburn's characters, as you do.

 

Two Ingrid Bergmans and... and... and GRACE KELLY! What happened?! ANY woman who has a Grace character on their list is going to get my attention. You better watch out, now.

 

You like the women of Hitchcock more than Snippy. That's an upset.

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You do have Jean Arthur ranked very high. You have excellent taste.

 

Have you seen "A Lady Takes A Chance"? It has John Wayne and Jean Arthur. I haven't developed a point system :) to show how you might enjoy it but your list suggests it.

 

Carry on.

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Howdy, Texas Two-Step -- I already knew you could handle making lists, but to see your lists ranked in order, that's very cool! Way to go, girl!

 

You know, I think you have more villains on your lists than I do! You've got a homewrecker, a serial killer and his lover (who change their identities), a British traitor, snobs, guys with whips and rods, and on an on.

 

"Sugar Kane"? You? Really? You have three Avas on your list. Did you hit your head?! Mae Doyle? But I love that you included "Amy Kane." That was fantastic!

 

You have more Cary Grant characters on your list than I expected. Even "Devlin" sneaks in. "Major Bennett Marco"? Who let him in?!

 

I'm curious to see who plays your favorite male characters. You're not heavy on one guy (even Coop), such as the two Duchesses. And your actresses, well, we know who is at the top, but after that, I'm not sure.

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Hello, My DEAR Grey Guy, :P

 

I'm completely impressed

 

Ha.. well don't be. I meant what I said to Jackie.. I am embarrassed to admit how HARD it was for me to do this whole thing!! ha. I also meant what I said to you about how much I admire your (and Miss G's) ability to know your own mind so well. YOU listed a HUNDRED of each, for pity's sake. I could likely list a hundred characters... but getting them in any kind of coherent order... no way. Fifty just about did me in!! ha.

 

love that you have villains

 

Of course I do.. ha. I AM Mrs. Black and White after all. Without the bad guys... all those white hats would just be a bunch of "do-gooders" ha. I do love (to hate) a good bad guy. So that part of my list wasn't much of a surprise to me. (Although some of the rankings were)

 

you even have Darth Vader on the list and he's above Indy!

 

I know.. ha. (now that WAS a surprise, ha) If you had known me when I was like 18 (and you would have been what?? 3 months old???ha. Kidding.. but it WAS a long time ago) My beloved INDY would have been WAY so very WAY at the top of my list back then.. ha. I've come a long way, baby!! ha.

 

I didn't know you liked Danny (Robert Montgomery in Night Must Fall) so much. So you'd fall for him, eh

 

HA!!! No.. I don't think I'd fall for him. ha. As "magnetic" a personality as he had... guys like that almost ALWAYS have something to hide (although who knew it was a HEAD in a HATBOX??? ha) I liked him for his PSYCHO-ness. ha. I love the way Montgomery played him... terrifying one moment and utterly sympathetic and boyish the next.. It was a great character. (and PS: Norman Bates ALMOST made my list.. if I had gone just a bit further than fifty, he'd be on there)

 

too much Duke and Ford. Blah

 

Ha.. you KNEW they'd be there.. ha. If I had left them off, you'd have think someone else had been doing my homework for me. ha. I just want to know did I push the Duke WAY over the top on your rating system now... ha!! :P

 

You have to be the biggest Walter fan on the board

 

Ha.. I don't know if I am the biggest, but I am among his most faithful. Ha. I will GLADLY watch old Walter in just about ANYTHING. ha. And I love it when I come across him in some unexpected film that I did not realize he was in. ha. He is always a treat for me. I have yet to see him in any movie where I did not thoroughly enjoy at least HIS role in the film (even if the movie itself was stinker) If we were doing a list of just favorite character actors, I think he'd be at the top. (Oh gee... ha. I better go check Jackies's old Squirrly thread and make sure I can back up that statement. ha)

 

you must be the biggest Dame May Whitty fan around. Now that surprised me.

 

I do enjoy her a LOT, and it surprised me too, how many of her roles ended up on my list. Although for a while as I was juggling, I was not sure how many of them would make it above the fifty line. I almost pulled out another Edna May Oliver and put it in the mix.. she got bumped though in my final cut, ha.

 

Jean Arthur!

 

Now Jean was the biggest surprise for me too. I knew I liked her a lot. But never realized until making this list how many of her characters were favorites for me. She is probably in my top five or so of favorite actresses, so I guess I should not have been so suprised.

 

(and PS: Chris.. I have not seen the film you mentioned, but have heard of it. I need to check it out!)

 

You like the women of Hitchcock more than Snippy. That's an upset

 

Ha.. well.. the ones I listed are all ones that I like for the way they handle themselves and also the way they handle the situations they get put in. Most of them are very capable and smarter than they may first appear.. I like that about them too. (it gives me hope for myself.. ha)

 

And PS: YOU have some surprises on YOUR list for me as well.. ha. You ranked SCARLETT higher than I did. (ha.) I was worried Miss G was going to hit me for ranking her below both Mellie AND Mammy.. ha. And also.. TERRY MCKAY???? Oh golly... what are you, a mushy "romance guy" or something?? ha. :P:P That one was a surprise. I knew you had told me you liked that one (surprise there, too) but was knocked over to see her make your list (and so high up, too)

 

 

You and Miss G and Miss Scotchie all have a LOT Of charcters on your lists I have not seen (some I never even HEARD of) so I have some catching up to do with you three to find out what I have been missing.

 

The ones on your list that I am most interested in would be Gloria in The Big Heat (which I think is coming up, soon, so I hope I can catch it) Thelma on P/U on South Street... which I TOTALLY missed all but HER big moment near the end when this was on the last time. (I am going to try and catch it all on youtube soon, I hope.) And I have been wanting to see Gene in Leave Her to Heaven and my Sweet Maureen in The Wings of Eagles for like... FOREVER. ha. So maybe I can catch both one of these days.

 

OH.. and *YOU* had a lot of COOPER's on your list that I have been wanting to see... now that was surpsise.. ha. (that you had so many GARY"S!!)

 

I also want to see... drum roll please... ha.. Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon) ha. You and Miss G both have him on your list.. I trust HER recommendation. ha. :P:P:P

 

(PS: Miss Scotchie... I was surprised too that you had Holley from Battleground on your list.. but don't know why I should be. YOU are a smart cookie.. ha. What a great character and perfect for Johnson.) Nice job on all your listings, youngun... YOU went to SIXTY!! ha)

 

PS: Miss G--- RHODA!!!! ha. I HAD to list her.. ha. She was just too much FUN to leave out!! ha.

 

PS: Jackie.. hope you are feeling BETTER today. Because I hated hearing you have been under the weather (but also because I am dying to read your LIST!! ha)

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Oh!! No, I am the last to know.. ha. I knew Jackie was under the weather.. but not Scotchie too. Golly gals.. get to feeling better, the BOTH of you. :-) (And ps. ha. don't breathe on ME. ha. The kidling has had a nasty head cold all week, and I am hanging on by a thread!! ha)

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Hello, My DEAR Grey Guy,

 

Give me those scissors! And where's that snake, Rip Darrow? :P

 

Ha.. well don't be. I meant what I said to Jackie.. I am embarrassed to admit how HARD it was for me to do this whole thing!! ha. I also meant what I said to you about how much I admire your (and Miss G's) ability to know your own mind so well. YOU listed a HUNDRED of each, for pity's sake. I could likely list a hundred characters... but getting them in any kind of coherent order... no way. Fifty just about did me in!! ha.

 

It's a very difficult task/chore. But I enjoy the challenge. I like putting some real thought into things, be it film discussion or my favorites or least favorites or you name it.

 

A list of your favorite films and characters of all time is one of the most challenging. If I asked you to list John Wayne's characters in order of preference, that would be much easier because you have a checklist to work off of. It's one thing to say, "I like John Wayne or John Ford or Gary Cooper." It's another to say which ones you like the most and/or the least. I find that to be more interesting.

 

Of course I do.. ha. I AM Mrs. Black and White after all. Without the bad guys... all those white hats would just be a bunch of "do-gooders" ha. I do love (to hate) a good bad guy. So that part of my list wasn't much of a surprise to me. (Although some of the rankings were)

 

Are you reading this, Snippy?!

 

HA!!! No.. I don't think I'd fall for him. ha. As "magnetic" a personality as he had... guys like that almost ALWAYS have something to hide (although who knew it was a HEAD in a HATBOX??? ha) I liked him for his PSYCHO-ness. ha. I love the way Montgomery played him... terrifying one moment and utterly sympathetic and boyish the next.. It was a great character. (and PS: Norman Bates ALMOST made my list.. if I had gone just a bit further than fifty, he'd be on there)

 

Norman Bates! Terrific!

 

What I was most taken by is how high you ranked "Danny." That was stunning.

 

Ha.. you KNEW they'd be there.. ha. If I had left them off, you'd have think someone else had been doing my homework for me. ha. I just want to know did I push the Duke WAY over the top on your rating system now... ha!!

 

You've ruined it! Heck, even Sweet T has Wayne at the top. Ahead of Coop! She's such a traitor.

 

Ha.. I don't know if I am the biggest, but I am among his most faithful. Ha. I will GLADLY watch old Walter in just about ANYTHING. ha. And I love it when I come across him in some unexpected film that I did not realize he was in. ha. He is always a treat for me. I have yet to see him in any movie where I did not thoroughly enjoy at least HIS role in the film (even if the movie itself was stinker) If we were doing a list of just favorite character actors, I think he'd be at the top. (Oh gee... ha. I better go check Jackies's old Squirrly thread and make sure I can back up that statement. ha)

 

For you to include as many Walter Brennan characters as you did... wow! I'd say most like Walter Brennan, but it's rare for anyone to name his characters amongst their all-time favorites.

 

Now Jean was the biggest surprise for me too. I knew I liked her a lot. But never realized until making this list how many of her characters were favorites for me. She is probably in my top five or so of favorite actresses, so I guess I should not have been so suprised.

 

You like the spunky gals, like Jackie.

 

YOU have some surprises on YOUR list for me as well.. ha. You ranked SCARLETT higher than I did. (ha.) I was worried Miss G was going to hit me for ranking her below both Mellie AND Mammy.. ha.

 

Scarlett is a femme fatale! She's lots of fun. And Viv is a cutie.

 

And also.. TERRY MCKAY???? Oh golly... what are you, a mushy "romance guy" or something?? ha. That one was a surprise. I knew you had told me you liked that one (surprise there, too) but was knocked over to see her make your list (and so high up, too)

 

An Affair to Remember is #60 on my all-time favorite classic movie list. Deborah Kerr is a big favorite of mine. I really like "soft" beauty. Deborah is one of the softest. Grace Kelly, Gene Tierney, and Ingrid Bergman are all "soft" beauty.

 

The ones on your list that I am most interested in would be Gloria in The Big Heat (which I think is coming up, soon, so I hope I can catch it) Thelma on P/U on South Street... which I TOTALLY missed all but HER big moment near the end when this was on the last time. (I am going to try and catch it all on youtube soon, I hope.) And I have been wanting to see Gene in Leave Her to Heaven and my Sweet Maureen in The Wings of Eagles for like... FOREVER. ha. So maybe I can catch both one of these days.

 

Ohhhhh, I'm sure you'll enjoy the women in all of those films. The Wings of Eagles is a must-see for you. It's Wayne and O'Hara like you haven't seen them before. I'm sure you'll really like it. And Leave Her to Heaven is one you'll really get a kick out of. It's a different kind of "Rhoda." Pickup on South Street may be a little too dark for you, but you will love "Moe."

 

I also want to see... drum roll please... ha.. Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon) ha. You and Miss G both have him on your list.. I trust HER recommendation. ha.

 

Two Duchesses.

 

Jackie.. hope you are feeling BETTER today. Because I hated hearing you have been under the weather (but also because I am dying to read your LIST!! ha)

 

She must have come down with the "list-making" flu. She's skipping school!

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> Of course I do.. ha. I AM Mrs. Black and White after all. Without the bad guys... all those white hats would just be a bunch of "do-gooders" ha. I do love (to hate) a good bad guy. So that part of my list wasn't much of a surprise to me. (Although some of the rankings were)

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> Are you reading this, Snippy?!

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Yes, and I'm ashamed to have left Walt's *Pa Clanton* and *Judge Roy Bean* off my lists.

 

> I also want to see... drum roll please... ha.. Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon) ha. You and Miss G both have him on your list.. I trust HER recommendation. ha.

>

 

Ro, I think you'll really like his Sam Spade. He has such a great sense of humor in that one. Very playful, considering all the darkness of the plot. And you'll get a kick out of Sidney Greenstreet.

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That's where I get it right!!!

 

Poor Clark Gable. He's been tossed aside... again.

 

Yes, and I'm ashamed to have left Walt's Pa Clanton and Judge Roy Bean off my lists.

 

I can't see those making your top 50. Top 100, maybe.

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

> That's where I get it right!!!

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> Poor Clark Gable. He's been tossed aside... again.

>

 

Well, don't tell him. I am surprised Rhett slipped to number two.

 

> Yes, and I'm ashamed to have left Walt's Pa Clanton and Judge Roy Bean off my lists.

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> I can't see those making your top 50. Top 100, maybe.

 

I love Pa Clanton. I've never seen such a lovable character actor turn in such a cold blooded performance.

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