Oh, boys and girls, I'm so sorry I couldn't post in the past few days or comment in your blogs. I completely forgot the Old Hollywood Meme on Monday due to my consuming job; and last night my neighbors' houses got on fire (really), and for an hour I thought we would lose our house too. Fortunately, fire men were able to stop the menacing flames, and my family and I are ok (but my poor neighbors lost almost everything).
Well, I've been thinking about underrated performers. On the guys side, I couldn't think on anyone. I mean, all the guys I've seen and appreciate are really known and everybody (I mean in classic movie sites) talks about them. But on the girls side, I think that the most underrated actress is Veronica Lake. Starting by herself, remember her famous quote "you could put all the talent I had into your left eye and still not suffer from impaired vision"? Well, I don't agree, even when I've seen her in just 3 movies: "Sullivan's Travels", "This Gun for Hire" & "I married a Witch" (update: read my review of one of my fave movies from her, So proudly we hail!). I like the kind of presence she projects, is like she's there but in an ethereal, dreamy way. And that produces that her characters had a kind of cold distance, even when they joked or laugh or whatever they were unreachable.
When I read about her personal life, it was shocking. Because that distance she projected on the screen was so coherent with the sad story about her working in a bar in Manhattan in the fifties, away from the public eye, away from the audiences, unable to work as an actress because she had broken an ankle.
Do you think she's underrated?
Ok, I wish I could write more, but that's all for today folks. Watch some classic movies in my name.