She had quite a prolific career. And she was one of those people who could do anything, from Pre-Code to screwball to drama. One of her best performances was in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and I’m baffled that she wasn’t nominated.
Mr Smith goes to Washington, 1939/40
Casablanca, 1943/44 (released 1942)
Mr Skeffington, 1944/45
Like Bill Powell, who I mentioned in my last post, you’ll probably never meet anyone who doesn’t love Claude Rains. Even as a villain in Notorious, you can’t help but love him.
Lee J. Cobb
On the Waterfront, 1954/55
The Brothers Karamazov, 1958/59
I’m always happy to see his name in the credits. 12 Angry Men (1957) is my favorite performance of his and his monologue in the end is the highlight of the movie for me.
Lawrence of Arabia, 1962/63
The Lion in Winter, 1968/69
Goodbye, Mr Chips, 1969/70
The Ruling Class, 1972/73
The Stunt Man, 1980/81
My Favorite Year, 1982/83
He famously holds the record for most acting nominations without winning, and that says it all, really.
Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon (as screenwriter)
A Double Life, 1947/48
Adam’s Rib, 1949/50
Pat and Mike, 1952
I know Ruth Gordon won for Supporting Actress for Rosemary’s Baby (1968), but her career as a screenwriter alongside her husband was equally, if not more successful. Oh, and if you get the chance, please read Garson Kanin’s book on Kate and Spencer (the four of them were the best of friends).
The Love Parade, 1929/30
The Patriot, 1930/31
Heaven Can Wait, 1943/44
One of the all-time greatest storytellers – as a writer and director. If you’re a screenwriter, you have to watch Lubistch’s movies. Billy Wilder did and look what happened!
That’s it from me, folks! Happy weekend, everyone!