Saturday, September 6, 2008

And..... Pose!


From If Winter Comes made in 1947 with Walter Pidgeon, Angela Lansbury, Deborah Kerr and Janet Leigh (not pictured, obviously). It was a dud for all of them but did mark the first occasion on which Lansbury and Leigh would star together in a film. The next time they did the results were decidedly ... well, actually, about the same. It was The Red Danube in 1949 with Pidgeon once again in the starring role. Finally, in 1962 Lansbury and Leigh figured out that to succeed they had to dump Pidgeon and scored a winner with The Manchurian Candidate. Pidgeon had his own politically charged movie that same year, Advise and Consent, sans Lansbury and Leigh. Still, I wish they'd given it just one more try. Think of the great things they could have done as a trio if they'd put their minds to it: Jules and Jim in reverse or an early incarnation of Three's Company with Charles Laughton as Mr. Roper. Now that would've been a winner! Walter Pidgeon as Jack Tripper? Are you kidding me? He would've nailed it! Oh, if only... if only. Sigh.

14 comments:

Fox said...

Think of the great things they could have done as a trio if they'd put their minds to it: Jules and Jim in reverse or an early incarnation of Three's Company with Charles Laughton as Mr. Roper.

Well done, my man!

This may sound weird, but having grown up with Murder She Wrote I just recently found out that Angela Lansbury was quite the cutie as a young lady. I mean, have you seen pictures of her from Samson & Delilah? Kinda nice!

Gloria said...

Great!

Who would be Mrs. Roper? I first thought -inevitably- on Elsa Lanchester, but then thought that Thelma Ritter or Bette Davies could be interestung choices, too.

Peter Nellhaus said...

Or if Hitchcock had chosen to work with Leigh again, reuniting her with Pidgeon in, wait for it, The Birds.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Fox - She was a cute little bundle but she always had such a wise, or more apt, streetwise sense about her that the studio continued to put her in the more sinister supporting roles rather than give her a big lead on her own. Lansbury seems so sweet and gentle from Murder She Wrote on but before that she was completely associated with controlling, crafty characters.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Gloria - There's no need to guess any further. You got it with Thelma Ritter. I can immediately see her saying "Stanley..." with a long drone.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Peter - Or he could've taken Lancaster's role in The Birdman of Alcatraz, though there aren't two big woman roles in that. In The Birds, Lansbury would of course play the Suzanne Pleshette role.

ARBOGAST said...

I'm just happy you're talking about real movies again.

Jonathan Lapper said...

This is just a brief respite. Starting next week this blog will cover nothing but works that emerged from The Factory. Narrative film is dead to me now.

ARBOGAST said...

The Fear Factory?

Jonathan Lapper said...

Andy Warhol's turning in his grave...

... to get more comfortable.

Rick Olson said...

Andy Worhal as Mrs. Roper?

Jonathan Lapper said...

That could work. Perhaps Jean-Michel Basquiat could be Jack's best friend Larry.

ARBOGAST said...

I always thought Larry was a Basquiat case.

Jonathan Lapper said...

bada bing