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?
- sage seekerLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
My favs were:
Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
Edward G. Robinson
George C. Scott
Sir Laurence Olivier
The entire Barrymore Family
Oh, gosh there were so many!
And No, only a few today shine as brightly...one reason I think has to do with over media-exposure...in 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 folk..so 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:
John Rhy Davies
- curious connieLv 71 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.
- DonnaLv 71 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 LLv 71 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 ...
- LynnLv 71 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.
- MoeLv 61 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.
- DanagastaLv 61 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.
- Holiday MagicLv 71 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.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I like watching Gene Tierney movies and Joan Crawford. For males I loved Robert Mitchum and Cary Grant.