Sunday, April 5, 2009

Melvyn Douglas, 1901-1981

Head shot of Jack Carson,

I'm too lazy to write a full-length post on a Sunday morning, so I'll note that today is the birth anniversary of Melvyn Douglas, who won two Best Supporting Actor Oscars later in his career, but never got quite the leading roles he probably deserved. I've recommended at least three of his movies, though:

Captains Courageous, in which Douglas plays father to Freddie Bartholomew. (Interestingly, IMDb lists star Spencer Tracy as being exactly one year older than Douglas.)

Ninotchka, in which Douglas helps Greta Garbo break through her shell.

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, in which Douglas tries to keep Cary Grant and Myrna Loy well-grounded -- although Grant things Douglas is trying to steal his wife!

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