Thursday, October 4, 2012
Barbara Stanwyck in GOLDEN BOY
A Broadway revival of the classic Clifford Odets play, Golden Boy, arrives later this year. Because of that, I watched the movie version made during Hollywood's golden age. It's another movie that makes fans of classic films wonder what magic potion had been put in the commissary coffee of Hollywood studios in 1938 that made actors, directors, writers produce such a bonanza of exceptional work the following year. Golden Boy is one of the many classics released in 1939. Screen rookie William Holden takes on the title role of the complicated boxer. Lee J. Cobb played the Italian papa to Holden's prizefighter. (The actors played father and son. Both were in their 20s. Cobb was 27.) The real knock-out in this movie is Barbara Stanwyck as Lorna Moon. Wow. What an actress.