High Wall, 1947 ***SPOILERS THROUGHOUT***

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I believe that this is from a magazine called Screen Stories.  There were changes made between this and the actual filming but it is pretty accurate.  The biggest change is that the title of the film was changed from The … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Robert Taylor

August 5th would have been Robert Taylor’s 109th birthday. Robert Taylor’s career spanned four decades.  Mr. Taylor belonged to the greatest generation, loved his country and his family.  Robert Taylor was an extremely talented and versatile actor and a good  man, husband and father.  We could use more like him today.

Martha Crawford Cantarini, stunt woman. “He was one of the legendary faces in motion picture history, but I knew him as a quiet, shy, educated gentleman whose honesty was reflected in that famous face. Early in his career, he once told me, he had vowed to always appear in movies that the whole family could see and had endeavored to keep that promise. A gentle human being, Bob loved his horses just as he did his family. He had an extraordinary quarter horse named Tommy whom I also loved from my first day on the set. (Martha Crawford Cantarini, Fall Girl: my life as a western stunt double. page 168)

George Cukor, director. “Robert Taylor was my favorite actor. He was a gentleman. That’s rare in Hollywood.” (W.F. Buckley, “MGM Moles Dig Themselves a Hole,” Column, Jan 30, 1990)

Ava Gardner, actress. Gardner recalled Bob as a “warm, generous, intelligent human being.”  Ava Gardner, Love Is Nothing. (Tranberg)

Tay Garnett, director, “(Taylor) was one of the world’s great gentlemen….He was serious minded, hard working and keen. In spite of his astounding good looks, he was determined to be a fine actor, and not merely a star.” (L.J. Quirk, The Films of Robert Taylor, 1975, p. 102)

Deborah Kerr, actress. “When one thinks of his extraordinary good looks, he had every right to be a bit spoiled, but not Bob. He was unassuming, good natured and had a wonderful sense of humor…I felt he was a much better actor than he was given credit for.” (Tranberg)

Edwin Knopf, producer. “Those character traits (normalcy and decency) which are so inbred communicate themselves to the audience. Audiences sense the fine qualities and like them. In addition, he’s a fine artist, a no-nonsense guy who studies his script more thoroughly than any actor I know. (Wayne, p. 206)

Robert Loggia, actor. “Bob was an extremely talented artist. He was also the ultimate gentleman and a true professional who followed the rules of the day—arrive on time, know your lines and be willing to do what had to be done to make the picture successful. Here was a guy who could convincingly play the romantic lead opposite Garbo in a picture like Camille and be just as convincing playing a cowboy. Now that’s range, but the critics really never gave him his due.” (Tranberg)

Joe Pasternak, producer. “(Taylor was) the nicest guy in the picture business….he stays out of trouble, does his job and does it well, and the crew loves him.” Tranberg

Lawrence J. Quirk, author. (Taylor) was a true gentleman and a finer artist than he would admit to himself or to others. He was well educated, socially tactful, kind and highly intelligent….An American to the core, he loved his land, kept the faith and looked for the best.” L.J. Quirk, The Films of Robert Taylor, 1975, page 11, 12.

Ronald Reagan, actor, President of the United States. “Perhaps each one of us has his own different memory, but somehow they all add up to ‘nice man.’” Eulogy for Robert Taylor, June 11, 1969.

Richard Thorpe, director. “He’s a rarity. A lot of big stars are really heels off screen and the public doesn’t know it at first. It takes them awhile to discover it. But Bob is really a nice guy and it comes through on screen. Also, he’s a rugged, handsome man and they’re pretty few and far between these days. (Wayne, p. 206)

William Wellman, director. “I was crazy about Bob Taylor…..I think Bob Taylor’s probably one of the finest men I’ve known in my whole life. And he was an actor. And he was probably the handsomest one of them all. He did everything I asked him to. He was wonderful.” (William A. Wellman by Frank Thompson.)

Robert Young, actor. “Taylor, who was perfectly capable as an actor, but he was so damn handsome that he, like Tyrone Power, looked almost feminine. He was what you might call a beautiful man. He was a wonderful, wonderful person. And a good actor, too.” (1986 interview with Leonard Maltin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Her Cardboard Lover, 1942, Is Playing on TCM on August 10 (USA)

Her Cardboard Lover, 1942, is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Monday, August 10 at 6:15 p.m.  est.  Closed captioned.

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Robert Taylor and Norma Shearer in “Her Cardboard Lover,” 1942

What a delight! Robert Taylor is hired by Norma Shearer to be her Cardboard Lover to make her real love, George Sanders jealous. Taylor has been in love with Shearer but has never even spoken to her, too afraid to be rejected. When he finally speaks, he says “I love you” which makes Shearer think he is crazy. Later in the casino he loses $3000 dollars of which he has none, and he is employed by her to work off the debt. George Sanders is a cad but she is in love, and tells Taylor he is never to leave her alone, so that she can rid her mind of Sanders. Every time she tries to get to Sanders, he is there, in the hall, in the bedroom, on the balcony, eating a banana outside the door, totally insane. In one scene when Sanders comes to her bedroom to tell her they can be together if she accepts him as is, Taylor comes out of the bathroom in her pajamas with fluffy slippers and all, and hops into her bed, sending Sanders into a rage. Very, very funny indeed. They argue, he has a fist fight with Sanders, they wind up in jail, but in the end she realizes that it was Taylor all along that she loves, and all ends well. This film comes on the heels of “Johnny Eager” in which Taylor had the best of all roles as the sociopath gangster. Talk about versatility, they should never have sold this great actor short. He could play comedy or drama just as well. The teaming of Shearer and Taylor was their second, coming after “Escape” a pre-war drama about Nazi Germany. They are great together, and it is a shame that this film was Shearers last film. Review by mamalv for the IMDb.

Behind the scenes photos:

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Left to right: Taylor and Shearer; Director George Cukor and Taylor
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Left to right: Chill Wills, Taylor, Shearer; Cukor and Taylor; Taylor and Shearer

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Farewell To Hollywood

This is from a movie magazine, 1943.


Caption R:  By the  time this reaches print, Bob Taylor will be wearing the uniform of a Lieutenant (j.g.) in the U.S. Navy.  An expert civilian flier, he’s in the Ferry Command.


Caption R: The Studio asked for and was granted a 60 day deferment for Taylor so that he could finish making one more film, Russia.

Caption L: A hapy grin as Bob shows Ray his orders.  He says it is “the proudest assignment I’ve ever received in my life.”  Taylor rated the commision as a graduate of Pomona College, will take usual indoctrination course.
Caption R: Fans cluster around the stars as they follow their wives into Mocambo.  Ray is making The Unrequited.  Barbara Stanwyck’s Lady of Burlesque is now in the theaters.


Caption L: Clowning happily and assuming a Napoleonic pose for the benefit of a Marine and a soldier friend, Bob is refusing to be impressed with any tales of life at sea as the gentleman on the left demonstrates a ship’s roll.
Caption R: Leaving a Hollywood night club means the running of the gauntlet of fans.  The Taylors and Milland wait for Mrs. Milland who stopped for a final word with some friends.


Caption: Chilly night brought out fur coats for the wives, and Bob looks  little bit as if he could use a heavy duty service coat.  He is well used to uniforms.  He  played a Navy Officer in  Stand By for Action, a soldier in  Bataan.

 

 

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Why Did I Slip?

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by Robert Taylor as told to Gladys Hall Modern Screen, September 1940 Acting is the most unstable of the professions. It and politics are the only two pursuits of man which depend solely upon public favor. In other lines of … Continue reading

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