Her Cardboard Lover, 1942, is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Monday, August 10 at 6:15 p.m. est. Closed captioned.
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:
Left to right: Taylor and Shearer; Director George Cukor and Taylor
Left to right: Chill Wills, Taylor, Shearer; Cukor and Taylor; Taylor and Shearer
Hello. I am writing an article about the Bud Love Wildlife Habitat Management Area, which is the location of Mr. Taylor’s summer cabin in Wyoming near Buffalo. I saw your post ‘A Happy Man’ and am wondering where/how you acquired the photos taken of him by LIFE magazine in 1961. Would love to include those with my article if possible, but having trouble tracking them down and your blog is the only place I have found them. Thanks for any help.
Christina, you are welcome to use the photos from the blog. I’ve seen them a lot online but I’ve never been able to get the actual magazine, which should be August 1961. I hope this helps. Judith
RT was a very diverse actor….no matter what he did. Comedy, westerns, drama!
Jen, it makes me mad that he never got the credit for his talent. Robert Taylor should have been nominated for an Oscar several times over. Thanks for writing. Judith