dirac, on 18 September 2011 - 07:35 PM, said:
I didn't mean to suggest you did, miliosr, sorry. I see what you and sandik mean. The Duke of Windsor always had that slightly melancholy look, even when he was partying up a storm as an international idol in the 20s.
The more I look at the picture, the more it's discomfort I see and not dissipation. Even though the guests were at an outdoor dinner party, most of them look like they're not enjoying themselves much. Some of it may be due to the circumstances of the photograph itself -- various guests aren't even looking at the camera (Power) or have a surprised look on their faces (Gable). What this photo reminds me of is the famous group photo from 1968 or 1969 of Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins, Jose Limon, Yvonne Rainier, Don Redlich, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp which bristled with tension and unhappiness.
You can't help liking Stanwyck. She could do almost anything. You are right to say she also made smart choices - although I'd rather have What Ever Happened to Baby Jane on my resume than Roustabout, in all honesty. I understand this was also true offscreen, she was very professional and likable and no one had a bad word to say about her.
I agree. It would be perverse to argue that Roustabout
is remotely within hailing distance of Baby Jane
. Still, I can't help but think that the lesser film ended up being the smarter career choice. Stanwyck showed that she could move into character parts in genre vehicles without having to run around a set with an axe in her hand.
I remember her in The Colbys. (I always liked that show.)
Me too! It was crazy at times (i.e. an amnesiac heiress from Denver turns up in Los Angeles where she marries her ex-husband's first cousin) but Stanwyck's scenes with Stephanie Beacham were fantastic.
I also liked The Big Valley. Used to watch it in the wee hours of the morning in college when I was working on papers. (From Airplane!: "Nick! Heath! Jarrod! There's a fire in the barn!")
Linda Evans was so beautiful in that as she was in Dynasty
. And then she had to go and ruin her face!