I hope that you had fun with our BEWARE THESE WOMEN Festival in April 2011 – I surely enjoyed it!
Thank you all for following it – and this blog!
But now - my goodbye to the invidious film-women of April:
Maybe you like to watch more films with women who are dangerous? Or even able to fight for themselves?
Here come a couple of films (in random order) , which you might like to see:
- MILDRED PIERCE (1945) - In which Veda (Ann Blyth) is able to make her mother Mildred (Joan Crawford) do a lot of things for her - and: In this film Ann Blyth has the guts to slap Joan Crawford!! :"o
- SALOME (1953) - In which Queen Herodias (Judith Anderson) is willing to make her daughter Princess Salome (Rita Hayworth) sleep with her husband King Herod (Charles Laughton).
- REBECCA (1940) -In which are two very dangerous women - and one is dangerous though she is already death! Mrs Danvers (Judith Anderson again) is scary - but the late Rebecca de Winter is the real dangerous woman.. Right?
- THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1948) - In which the dangerous woman bear the name de Winter! It's Lady de Winter (Lana Turner) - and to see her hand drenched in blood is a real artistic (and impressiv) way to show that a murder happened.
- PEYTON PLACE (1957) - In which Marion Partridge (Peg Hillias) maybe is just a minor part – but boy is she unpleasant! Maybe the woman who disgusts me most in classic Hollywood films..
- WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962) - In which it isn’t always fair weather between sisters like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford..
- THE HEIRESS (1949) - In which a mousy young lady (Olivia de Havilland) won't forget who betrayed her (- even if it is Montgomery Clift!)
- WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967) - In which Audrey Hepburn proofs that blind doesn’t mean helpless! Make sure to watch this one in the dark! ;")
- NIAGARA (1953) - In which beautiful Marilyn Monroe is not the good wife Joseph Cotton expected…
- THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (1940) -In which Ida Lupino goes mad after (or in the moment?) she murdered her husband (Alan Hale).
- SUNSET BLVD. (1950) - In which an aging actress - the immortal Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) - is still living in the past. - Remember: A woman who can do a good impersonation of Charlie Chaplin 's little Tramp mustn't be an easy person..
- THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1947) -In which you will see a blonde Rita Hayworth - several times. ;")
- LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945) - In which a very disturbing Gene Tierney has the female lead.
- THE LADY EVE (1941) - In which a hilarious Henry Fonda doesn’t have a chance against Barbara Stanwyck. - Well, who would?
- ANGEL FACE (1952) - In which even Robert Mitchum can be troubled by a woman like Jean Simmons. ;")
- SUDDEN FEAR (1952) - In which - well, it’s Joan Crawford vs. Gloria Grahame!!
- WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957) - In which Marlene Dietrich is a good wife – or not? ;”)
- PAT AND MIKE (1952) - In which Katharine Hepburn knocks Spencer Tracy out of his troubles! ;”)
- JOHNNY GUITAR (1954) - In which Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge show that a western can be woman's stuff, too. ;")
- PRETTY POISON (1968) - In which Sue Ann (Tuesday Weld) is manipulating Anthony Perkins’ film character ~ let’s be honest: To me it seems to be pretty easy to manipulate Anthony Perkins' film characters.. ;”)
Boy - don't you just love lists? ;")
Here is another one listing my favourite dangerous acting actresses (in no particular order again) :
1. Miriam Hopkins - because she can act both dumb and mean at the same time.
2. Gale Sondergaard - because she can act and I just love her. End of story. ;")
3. Agnes Moorehead - Do I have to explain? I do not think so.
4. Ida Lupino - because she can act crazy in a very impressiv way.
5. Judith Andersson - because she can act so very, very wicked.
6. Gladys Cooper - because she can show you how mean old ladies can be. ;")
7. Angela Lansbury - because she can act sooo ice cold!
8. Anne Baxter - because she can act mean - and still won't lose her beauty
9. Gloria Grahame - because she can act so cheap!
10. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford - Because they are Queen Bee and J. ;")
But remember: It’s still film – all of them just acted bad/mean/invidious etc. ;”)
- see: The wicked witch is not that mean:
I simply adore Margaret Hamilton!
Well, “Girls just wanna have fun!” ;”)
Maybe we’ll do something similar someday.. – Maybe:
MEN YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FEAR?? ;”)