Hollywood has always exploited beauty, be it feminine or masculine. The really good looking performer had a hard time being taken seriously. He or she couldn’t possibly be both beautiful and bright. Robert Taylor was no exception. It’s a shame that his extraordinary good looks hurt him in the esteem of studio executives and critics, but the public never had a problem. They could appreciate top-notch performances in such films as Johnny Eager, Waterloo Bridge, Bataan, High Wall, The Last Hunt and many, many more. At the same time moviegoers could enjoy the aesthetics and were encouraged to so.
The theme “man in bed” was used frequently in Robert Taylor movies, letting the individual fan indulge her fantasies.
Sometimes it’s just for sleep:
Sometimes it’s for medical purposes:
Or medical purposes with a little romance thrown in:
Left to right: Marcus Vinicius was knocked unconscious. Here he recovers at Lygia’s home. The second photo is a behind the scenes look at preparing for the first one; Marcus sleeps in Quo Vadis, 1951.
Or just plain Romance.
And other things:
Left to right: Archaeologist Mark Brandon lies awake pining for Eleanor Parker’s Ann Mercedes in Valley of the Kings, 1954; Tina Louse is attached to Robert Taylor, literally in The Hangman, 1959; an Indian woman receives unwanted attention from crazed hunter Charlie Gilson in The Last Hunt, 1956.