Saturday, March 22, 2008

Joan Crawford (NEWS)

In my opinion Joan Crawford is the greatest actress of all time, and despite all the boring negative press she still generates because of a questionable book written by her step-daughter about some wire hangers, you can’t deny Crawford’s incredible beauty, talent, and intensity in any of her stunning early roles. Humoresque, A Woman’s Face, Mildred Pierce, Possessed, (just to name a few) are explosive examples of an actress soaring high above all others in some of the best films of Golden Era Hollywood. And while her later career presented her to a whole new generation of horror fans with entertaining cult classics like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, Trog, Berserk, Straight Jacket, and Night Gallery, these films are of course no less important.

In celebration of her birthday tomorrow, March 23rd, TCM is airing a 13 film tribute to this silver screen legend and icon. Click HERE for more info and show times in your area.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous post Karswell, and all true! She was and still is quite the legend. I'm glad to see you mention Joan here as most horrorfiles tend to think of great actresses as only those who bare their bouncing breasts before getting murdered.

Anonymous said...

I'VE ALREADY GOT A BUNCH OF THESE SET TO RECORD AND HOPE OTHERS DO THE SAME!

AND I DITTO WHAT THE PREVIOUS COMMENTOR SAID, WHAT A GORGEOUS TRIBUTE YOU CREATED!

Dr.Phibes said...

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane is one of my favorites. I don't know why I don't own it yet. It is one of those movies that if I'm flipping channels and it is on, I can't not watch it. You know there are rats in the cellar?

Karswell said...

Yes, most of us who grew up in the 70's watching late night TV were first introduced to Joan Crawford through her horror films and awesome appearence in the Night Gallery movie. Going back through her archive of films now there's just so many wonderful, powerful productions of hers to discover, I recently watched Love On the Run, Autumn Leaves, and Across to Singapore (silent) and they were all great. Enjoy the TCM fest today, while they're not showing any of her horror features there are plenty other classics just waiting for you.

Have a safe and happy holiday too!

The Vicar of VHS said...

Have you ever watched The Unknown starring Lon Chaney and directed by Tod Browning? A great flick in its own right, it also features an extremely young and DISTRACTINGLY HOT Joan Crawford.

Karswell said...

>Have you ever watched The Unknown

For sure... Crawford is awesome in The Unknown, her first horror film. Joan and Chaney really make an incredible pair in that one.

arthur teagarden said...

comics AND crawford! i'm in heaven.

Dulcette. said...

Love it! Nice to know that there are others out there who recognize how great Joan really was. She is my all time favorite actress/Hollywood entity!

A legend indeed!

Menky said...

Awesome post!

To see more on Joan go to legendaryjoancrawford.com