Anonymous asked in Society & CultureCultures & GroupsSenior Citizens · 1 decade ago

Okay, friends; all who were alive and kickin' during the movies "Golden Era"?

( and I don't mean just 10 years ago) who are your favorite old time stars, male and female? Do you ever watch Turner Classic Movies, and do you think any of the young actors these days shine as brightly as the stars of yesteryear?

24 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    My favs were:

    Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy

    Bette Davis

    Joan Crawford

    Robert Mitchum

    Cary Grant

    Peter Lawford

    Edward G. Robinson

    George C. Scott

    Henry Fonda

    Ingrid Bergman

    Jeanne Peters

    Mary Pickford

    Patricia Neal

    Tallulah Bankhead

    Jane Wyman

    Dick Powell

    Kathryn Grayson

    Tyrone Power

    Humphrey Bogart

    Lauren Bacall

    Vivian Leigh

    Sir Laurence Olivier

    Jimmy Stewart

    Susan Hayward

    James Cagney

    Hedy Lamarr

    Montgomery Cliff

    Gene Kelly

    Leslie Caron

    Lena Horne

    Rita Hayworth

    Cary Grant

    Deborah Kerr

    Basil Rathbone

    The entire Barrymore Family

    Alan Ladd

    Oh, gosh there were so many!

    And No, only a few today shine as reason I think has to do with over days gone by, we knew so little about the stars personally. The studios made sure the images were what they wanted us to see...So we knew only what they wanted us to know. The STARS acted as such...glamourous and NEVER, but never shown as 'less than' or everyday we lived in that fantasy. The women were elegant and the men debonair. For an 'escape' it was the best of times. Not to mention those actors had phenomenal talent and did not reach their pinnacles based on media hype but more so for the roles they played and their acumen .

    We knew not who was gay; who were domestic abusers; who were drug users; who were not kind;...they were all shown as above our every day lives. Is not that movies should be?

    The realism of today can often be mesmerizing...alas, it also places those actors on level with each of us and takes away the awe and glamour.

    I go to the movies to be entertained and for a couple of hours to be transported to a world not my own..

    I miss the old movies...particularly the musicals

  • 1 decade ago

    I didn't arrive until after the "Golden Era", but I love to watch movies on Turner Classic Movies and on American Movie Classics (AMC).

    It would take too much space to list all my favorite performers, but I think Sage Seeker makes and excellent start with her lists!

    Here is a partial list of contemporary actors who I think shine as performers:

    Robert DeNiro

    Denzel Washington

    Harrison Ford

    Matt Damon

    John Travolta

    Hugh Jackman

    Ian McKellen

    John Rhy Davies

    Dustin Hoffman

    Tom Hanks

    Jodie Foster

    Sandra Bullock

    Halle Berry

    Uma Thurman

    Cate Blanchett

    Kate Winslet

    Emma Thompson

    Meg Ryan

    Carrie Fisher

    Shirley MacLaine

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  • 1 decade ago

    I wasn't around for the 30s and 40s, I was born in 44. I grew up watching all the movies from that era. We got our first TV when I was four and back then programing was limited so they put a lot of movies on to fill air time. I think I saw them all. Clark Gable was my favorite actor til long after I was grown. I loved James Stewart, Cary Grant, Brian Dunlevy, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Carol Lombard, Claudette Collbert, Betty Davis, Katherine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, and so many, many others. It would take me all night and part of tomorrow morning to name them all. Obviously I love movies! I do watch TCM and AMC. There are some really fine actors today, but they certainly don't have the glamor of yesterdays actors. They were STARS.

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  • Donna
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    1 decade ago

    MY husband watches TCM all the time but I 'm too tired to do that. I loved Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath. I enjoyed the musicals too with Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson. Showboat was a favourite.

    There are a lot of good actors today. Johnny Depp and Matt Damon. Charlize Theron and Jody Foster come to mind.

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  • Kris L
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    1 decade ago

    My favorites are Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, and Humphrey Bogart. I want to get all of the Hepburn/Tracy movies and also The African Queen on DVD so I can watch them when I want to. Yes, some stars do shine as brightly ... Johnny Depp, Matthew Broderick, and Dakota Fanning (who is still a child, but she can 'act' with the best of them) ... and possibly Nicolas Cage and Jeff Goldblum, although they are a bit older ...

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  • Lynn
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    1 decade ago

    Wow, that one list is pretty impressive. I couldn't think of that

    many if I tried. Cudos' to you for a good memory.

    Well one of my favorites who isn't even mentioned by the

    others, was the suave and handsome, Errol Flynn. My did he

    have a way with the ladies. Off screen and on. And what

    woman didn't have the desire to be his date back when he

    was in his prime? Olivia de Haviland, could have made an

    honest man out of him, but he was just too much of a boy

    around her in real life, she's said. He teased her and played

    the role of an enamoured school boy. That's hard to believe after seeing him on the screen so many times. Joan Fontaine, who was her sister, never dated him as I understand. Her movie career wasn't as much in the fore front as Olivias'. Tho she did a great job as the heroine, in many a movie.

    It's a shame that Errols' life was cut short so young. He looked like an old man, due to his love for the bottle and

    some say, drugs as well. Too many of his movies were in

    black and white, and I longed for more to be in color. But those were the times for dramatic art. And the swooning of young girls in the audiences, with their bobby sox and hair ribbons. Yes, Errol cut quite a figure in those days of the silver screen. And Olivia was always an angel.

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  • Moe
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    1 decade ago

    I enjoyed seeing the old Busby Berkeley movies with the extravagant costumes, dance numbers, kind of vaudeville look.

    I also like the Ester Williams movies, with her diving into a pool, looked like a water ballet, or synconized swimming.

    And of course the old Fred Astair, Ginger Rogers movies, boy could those two dance, what a pair of hoofers. I could watch those two all day. As well as Gene Kelly.

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  • 1 decade ago

    TCM is always fun, although the audio could use better remastering. I noticed that the women tend to have such high voices in many of those movies, which I'm guessing is simply due to less genetic diversity than in today's America.

    I wasn't alive then, but I enjoy the movies.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I watch TCM quite often. I love a lot of the old movies...most were made before I was born. Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracey, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, too many more to name...but those were the days.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I like watching Gene Tierney movies and Joan Crawford. For males I loved Robert Mitchum and Cary Grant.

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