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Laird Cregar Birthday Tribute?


NoraCharles1934
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I don't expect to have any real impact on the powers-that-be, but I just thought I'd throw out that a night of this memorable gentleman's pics would be a great treat on July 28. His filmography may be relatively small (due to a sadly premature death), but I cannot recall a single movie I've seen him in where Mr. Cregar didn't capture my complete attention. An OCD (obsessive compulsive detective) in I Wake Up Screaming. An unexpectedly fun Captain Morgan in The Black Swan. And the most charming gatekeeper Hades could ever hope for in Heaven Can Wait.

 

I know it doesn't help matters that his films were nearly all over at Fox, but hey, a girl can dream can't she?

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Please allow me to echo your appreciation of the multi talented Mr. Cregar, NoraCharles.

 

A sensitive, gentle giant, Cregar's screen villains, even when psychotic in I Wake Up Screaming, The Lodger or Hangover Square, could, at the same time, evoke genuine audience sympathy.

 

But, in contrast, on a rare excursion into suave, sophisticated humour, he brought an elegance, along with sartorial splendour, to a performance of Luciferian delight, in Lubitsch's Heaven Can Wait. And his larger-than-life screen presence could also bring colourful, flamboyant flourishes to a pirate captain-turned-governor in The Black Swan or a pompous bullfight critic in Blood and Sand.

 

His early death no doubt robbed audiences of even more memerable screen characterizations but it would be lovely if TCM decided to celebrate those too few performances Cregar did leave behind.

 

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A desperate cornered beast in The Lodger; a moment in which he is frightening and, yet, evokes a touch of audience pity for his character

 

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Heaven Can Wait - one of the most civilized and dapper screen Satans

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> {quote:title=NoraCharles1934 wrote:}{quote}I don't expect to have any real impact on the powers-that-be, but I just thought I'd throw out that a night of this memorable gentleman's pics would be a great treat on July 28.

Actually, I think that would be a great idea, but unless TCM already has it planned, it's probably too late for this year. Being April is just about here, it's a pretty sure thing that the July schedule is already wrapped up (even if it hasn't been released yet). So perhaps, since we know that the TCM programmers read these boards and do take viewer suggestions seriously plus more and more Fox films are showing up, Laird will be given his due next year.

 

I'm afraid that Mr. Cregar doesn't get the appreciation he deserves, but once people get acquainted with him they can't get enough of his films.

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Well of course not (e.g. Widmark in Kiss of Death) but Cregar wanted romantic lead roles. i.e. he wanted to branch out. After playing the 'heavy' in The Lodger and Hanover Square with Oberon and Darnell (two of the best looking gals imo) who can blame him. He wanted to get the girl and heavy set men are rarely cast as romantic leads.

 

 

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Didn't TCM feature Cregar a while back in some manner?

 

I seem to recall them playing a few of this movies back-to-back-to-back and Bob Osborne's introductions to them, and where I first heard of the circumstances of his death.

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> Actually, I think that would be a great idea, but unless TCM already has it planned, it's probably too late for this year. Being April is just about here, it's a pretty sure thing that the July schedule is already wrapped up (even if it hasn't been released yet). So perhaps, since we know that the TCM programmers read these boards and do take viewer suggestions seriously plus more and more Fox films are showing up, Laird will be given his due next year.

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> I'm afraid that Mr. Cregar doesn't get the appreciation he deserves, but once people get acquainted with him they can't get enough of his films.

Yeah, I realize that. Like I said, I was just throwing the idea out there.

 

It is difficult to believe he was as young as he was when he died. So sad he couldn't embrace his unique talents as a character player. I'd rather watch Mr. Cregar over many-a milquetoast leading man. He really did have a special presence. That intangible something that you don't easily forget.

 

Just for fun, has everybody see these childhood photos of Cregar?

 

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