Classic Film : Your two favorite screen couples?

Your two favorite screen couples?

I'd nominate Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne for one. To watch Love Affair (1939) is to see two people who seem at a very deep level of outlook and attitudes, warmth, intelligence, irony and sentiment - so suited that it's impossible to imagine them NOT together.

And I'd nominate Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd. Watching Blue Dahlia - is again to see two people born to be with each other - they look at each other - and each looks ready to leap. My God, they sizzle! Voice, hair, size, incredible magnetism each for the other - these two people seem to want each other - more than either could ever want another. They are ideal - magnificent together.

There are many other couples who seem to amuse each other - all those Loy-Powell movies - or are in sync in humor and obviously enjoy each other's company (Grant and Dunne or Grant and Hepburn) or find the other greatly attractive (Bogart and Bacall)

But i don't think these pairs match the first two pairings. They seem born for each other.

Your picks?

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Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss

Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall

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William Powell and Myrna Loy as NICK AND NORA CHARLES

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as "The Bonners", in ADAM'S RIB

Gregory Peck and Mary Badham, as ATTICUS FINCH AND SCOUT FINCH in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

Errol Flynn AND Olivia De Havilland in ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD.










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Even before they know it ... Hepburn* and Bogart ... actually both Kate* and Audrey** with Bogey now that I come to think on it.


Ut oh ... couple more couples

Audrey with Gregory*** and with Cary****.


Footnotes:
*African Queen
**Sabrina
***Roman Holiday
****Charade

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Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner in THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO

and at the opposite end of the spectrum

Tony LoBianco and Shirley Stoler in THE HONEYMOON KILLERS


Honorable mentions to

Dana Andrews & Gene Tierney esp in LAURA
Bogart & Bacall
Bogart & Gloria Grahame
Grahame and Sterling Hayden in NAKED ALIBI
Powell & Loy
Charlton Heston & Carroll Baker in THE BIG COUNTRY
Tommy Rall & Ann Miller in KISS ME KATE
Ralph Fiennes & Kristin Scott Thomas in THE ENGLISH PATIENT
Mastroianni and Anouk Aimee in LA DOLCE VITA
Jennifer Tilly & Gina Gershon in BOUND
Lancaster & Kerr FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
Clift and Taylor A PLACE IN THE SUN
Woody Allen & Diane Keaton
Alan Bates & Julie Christie



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No Liz and Monty ?

or Seberg and Sean Garrison ?

or Linda Darnall and that gas-station casanova Rick Jason ?

Right now, I'll plumb for:

Delon & Marie Laforet in PLEIN SOLEIL
Delon & Cardinale in THE LEOPARD
Delon & Vitti in L'ECLISSE
Delon & Romy in CHRISTINE
Anouk & Trintignant in UN HOMME ET UNE FEMME
Monty & Lee Remick in WILD RIVER
Lemmon & Lee in DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
Audrey & Cat in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS
Sophia & Peck in ARABESQUE
Jean Simmons & Peck in THE BIG COUNTRY
Sophia & Marcello
Garbo & Novarro in MATA HARI
Errol & Olivia in CAPTAIN BLOOD
Crawford & McCambridge in JOHNNY GUITAR, + Joan & Sterling of course.
Judy & Mason in A STAR IS BORN
Fred & Cyd in THE BANDWAGON & SILK STOCKINGS
Audrey & Finney in TWO FOR THE ROAD
Audrey & O'Toole in HOW TO STEAL A MILLION
Jean Sorel & Robert Hossein in CHAIR DE POULE
Sorel & Cardinale in SANDRA
Kay Kendall & Robert Taylor in QUENTIN DURWARD
Kay & Rex in THE RELUCTANT DEBUTANTE
Ingrid & Cary in NOTORIOUS / INDISCREET
Ingrid & Cooper in SARATOGA TRUNK
Kerr & Mitchum in HEAVEN KNOWS MR ALLISON / THE SUNDOWNERS / THE GRASS IS GREENER.

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Hi Timshell, but with Heston-Baker - it's one-sided! Heston sure wants her - and is protective of her - but she really wants nothing to do with him. I think that Peck and Simmons have it all over Heston-Baker as a couple in that movie.

I like The Big Country very much (but not for its over the top ending). I like its great sympathy for Chuck Connors (otherwise the villain of the film). Wyler has an appreciation for his character's masculine vigorous spirits, his exuberance. There's a joy the movie takes in that early scene when Connors and his brothers are showing off on their horses - and a sympathy for Connors in his dealings with Burl Ives. Connors gives one of the better portrayals of an ignorant, conceited virile male I've ever seen.

And the film's portrayal of Charlton Heston's character - is GREAT! Again, Wyler shows the character great sympathy - we understand him completely - and feel deeply when after having squelched the disturbed feelings of his ranch hands over his boss's tactics - Heston finds it harder and harder to defend and follow his leader - the man he's always thought of as his father. It's like what I imagine Heston would have looked like, spoken, felt like - if he'd been a U.S. Senator (as so often he was urged to run for office to become) reluctantly grudgingly evolving to vote for conviction of President Nixon on the impeachment charges.

Of course it's Burl Ives who almost steals the movie! Great story, wonderful music, great narrative to the plot, wonderful acting - I love it.

Many have said it was an allegory of the Cold War - but I don't think so. There was no real "Big Muddy" in Europe - neither the USSR nor America was yearning to get Finland or Austria (the only real equivalents of The Big Muddy) on their side. Otherwise, the two sides were simply lined up and opposing each other.

But I think the movie is a metaphor - for the very area where Wyler grew up - as a German speaker in largely German speaking Alsace - part of Germany when Wyler was growing up - but of course as every Alsatian knew, it was coveted by France - in fact Frenchmen burned for its return - until it was recovered in 1919 - and lost again to Germany for several years in 1940. I can easily imagine the story appealing to Wyler - with France as the civilized family and the Germans seen as the uncivilized family.

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Yes "There may be better westerns... but few more enjoyable" said one critic interesting thoughts re Alsace allegory and yes Connors is remarkably sympathetic - indeed the movie does evoke some for all the principals - even those with opposing views - not an easy task.

I have to disagree re Baker & Heston though - it is initially one sided - but all the more compulsively sexy when the cattle baron's haughty daughter finally realises that the right man for her is the hired help* - not the pacifist sea captain she's betrothed to who isn't as trigger happy as he should be Here's the evidence - Hubba Hubba! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KfWymDaTmA

So much to enjoy in this one - Moss' timeless score, and that amazing fight between Heston and Peck, and even at some 2 and a half hours long - never dull (Many of today's film makers could learn from that)


* and the way he looked in 1958 and acted - such a take charge guy - one can't blame her.

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I reckon Patricia was attracted to Steve Leech from the start but she was such an A-grade snob that she couldn't lower herself to admitting she was hot for a mere employee.
BTW, my favourite Heston performance.


"He was a poet, a scholar and a mighty warrior."

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Oh sure - I gather that as Baker was pregnant during the shoot she was let go early by Wyler, which is why we don't get to see her & Heston a happy couple at the end, the way we do with Peck/Simmons.

It may well be my favourite Heston - although TOUCH OF EVIL, THE NAKED JUNGLE and RUBY GENTRY are in the running - I'm a big fan of his 50s work but I think he got a shade dull after BEN-HUR and the Oscar.


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Marcello Mastroianni & Sophia Loren
Alain Delon & Romy Schneider

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Sophia Loren was on KELLY day before yesterday. Talk about a surprise seeing her there.

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Don't know what KELLY is to be honest, but I heard she's still doing fine, I've seen her doing commercials recently.

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The show has had many names, and there will be those here that know the history better than I do. I remember it being a local show in NYC starring Regis Philbin, then it morphed into Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, I think it was. Then it was Live! with Regis and Kelly (Ripa, actress ALL MY CHILDREN).. A show that has been around since the early 1980s is bound to have a lot of changes. Then it went to Kelly and Michael (and caused a lot media attention when the parent company ABC moved Michael to their morning news show, GOOD MORNING AMERICA abruptly from the show.)

Long story short it was just easier to go with KELLY.

Miss Loren was seated to the left in her first segment, and I thought she looked very nervous, leaning forward throughout. After the commercials they switched seats and she was then on the right, and she looked much more relaxed. I think the chairs had been awkwardly placed before. Anyway it was good to see the better arrangement.

She spoke of Cary Grant calling her, and telling her how much he enjoyed those question & answer shows he was doing, and told her that she should do the same. She said that at that time she could not understand why someone would want to go through all those emotions of dragging up the past, the good along with the bad. Fast forward she said she was pleasantly surprised & how much she now enjoyed them and that she had Cary Grant, all those years ago, to thank for getting her to eventually do them.

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Great, nice to know. Thanks!

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Hi, I like Mastroianni and Loren too.

What would you recommend re Delon and Schneider. I like each individually - and have never seen them together.

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La piscine definitely! Or Christine, when both were still very young.

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I like bickering couples. My favorite in that category are Vincent Price and Jane Russell in 'The Las Vegas Story.

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Another standout "bickering" couple...
Simon And Laura,(1955). Peter Finch & Kay Kendall
Together for some 20 years, the argumentative actors play a faux-harmonious version of 'themselves' in a daily soap opera filmed in their own home.

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Liz Taylor & Montgomery Clift - A Place In The Sun and two other films.

Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway - Bonnie And Clyde

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Classic Era:
Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant
Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable
Modern Era:
Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas
Robin Wright and Tom Hanks...I was really rooting for Jenny and Forrest to get together.


I'm very good at nookying and crannying.

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Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell

Bette Davis and George Brent


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Monkeys and rabbits loop the loop


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Fran. I love Powell and Keeler together.

I actually met Ruby Keeler in a hotel room in Boston. 1973. She was doing a show try out. It was a small party with drinks and conversation. I just listened.
She was every bit a star but not a diva. Very kind to us. At 63 her legs could have belonged to a 30 year old dancer.

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Wow, that's awesome, Jim! Thanks so much for sharing. I wish I had met her, too.

I've been watching a few videos of hers on YouTube lately, all from the early through late '70s, I think, and despite she looked frail and a bit confused at times, you can perceive the thrill in her still gorgeous, expressive eyes everytime she remembers about her glory days. She seemed to be a very sweet, humble lady, actually, and never saw nor talked about herself as a "star" or even an "actress" or "dancer".

I loved particularly a number from "No, No Nanette" on stage, in which -like you mentioned- she was lovely and did a great job, but my favorite has to been a clip from a talk show in which the cast of a "42nd Street" revival, as well as Ruby, were guests. One of the lead actors sang "I Only Have Eyes for You" sitting next to her (like in the "Dames" number), and you can perceive she was truly moved, and didn't change all that much when compared to 1934! A magical moment that brought tears to my eyes.


Animal crackers in my soup
Monkeys and rabbits loop the loop


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It was a hotel suite, not a room. I wouldn't want you to think she entertained guests in a room.

She may have been in Boston for No,No Nanette. It was some kind of revival.
We didn't get tickets so I can't be sure.
I remember her seeming tiny but not frail. I am 6'3" so many people seem small to me.
Entertainers on-screen (I have met a few) are always smaller than expected.

I would characterize her as demure.

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Astaire and Rogers

Powell and Loy

Berry & Main

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Clark Gable and Jean Harlow - talk about chemistry!!!

Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor - young love never seemed so sweet, tender, and sincere with other screen couples.

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Clark Gable and Jean Harlow - talk about chemistry!!!


I totally agree

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William Powell and Myrna Loy
Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn

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Criminal soul mates, Gaston (Herbert Marshall) & Lily (Miriam Hopkins) are perfect together, their passionate and erotic attraction sizzles with excitement, they look deep into each others eyes the witty banter between them is highly charged with much sexual innuendo. Trouble In Paradise (1932)

Lily Vautier: Don't you remember the day you took that Chinese vase from the Royal Palace? And you made it into a lamp for my night table.

Gaston Monescu: I remember the lamp, I remember the night table... . and I remember the night.

Rumour had it that Hopkins and Marshall were briefly romantically involved around this time.


I agree on Lake and Ladd that scene in The Glass Key
when they first meet and move onto the couch their mutual physical attraction to each other is palpable...it is one of my favourite magic moments of classic cinema.

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Yes - Gaston and Lily are a GREAT couple - though I also feel that Marshall's wonderful with Kay Francis! Oh, I love Trouble in Paradise.

Glad you feel the same about Ladd and Lake - and it's interesting how unheralded they are now. They just HAVE it, you know?

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My 10 all time favorite screen pairings are:
Ball and Hope - The Facts of Life
Doris Day and Rock Hudson - Pillow Talk
Harlow and Gable - Red Dust
Hayworth and Ford - Gilda
Hepburn and Tracy - Adam's Rib
Loy and Powell - The entire "Thin Man" series
Ledger and Gyllenhaal - Brokeback Mountain
Seberg and Belmondo - À bout de souffle
Wood and Beatty - Splendor in the Grass
Woodward and Newman - The Long, Hot Summer



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Re: Your two favorite screen couples?

Wayne and O'Hara. The quiet man.
Stewart and Sullavan. The Shop around the corner.
Gabin and Morgan. Quai des brumes, Remorques.

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William Powell and Myrna Loy are my all time favourite screen couple. Impeccable chemistry in a wide range of films which really showcased both performers in both comedy and drama and giving each their moment in the spotlight with Myrna Loy's intense performance in Evelyn Prentice to William Powell's comedic histrionics in Love Crazy.

I also need to give a shout out to the ever underrated pairing of Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda; I was jaw dropped the first time I saw The Lady Eve and just how heavenly a screen pairing they where.

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- William Powell and Myrna Loy
- Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea
- Rock Hudson and Doris Day
- Grace Kelly and Cary Grant
- O'Hara and John Wayne
- James Stewart and Margarat Sullivan
- Leigh and Oliver
- Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour (sorry Bob!)

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Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda - in all three of their films but especially The Lady Eve.

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant - Bringing Up Baby is my favorite. It may be sacrilege to say, but I always preferred her with Grant as opposed to Tracy (though I like most of their films together also).

Sweet merciful crap!

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LOVERS, by Linda Sunshine, a lovely coffee table book.

GRETA GARBO & JOHN GILBERT
CLARK GABLE & JEAN HARLOW
JOAN CRAWFORD & CLARK GABLE
FRED ASTAIRE & GINGER ROGERS
MYRNA LOY & WILLIAM POWELL
JEANETTE MACDONALD & NELSON EDDY
ERROL FLYNN & OLIVIA de HAVILLAND
JUDY GARLAND & MICKEY ROONEY
GREER GARSON & WALTER PIDGEON
HUMPHREY BOGART & LAUREN BACALL
VIVIEN LEIGH & LAURENCE OLIVIER
ELIZABETH TAYLOR & RICHARD BURTON
PAUL NEWMAN & JOANNE WOODWARD
SPENCER TRACY & KATHARING HEPBURN
WOODY ALLEN & DIANE KEATON
WOODY ALLEN & MIA FARROW

A very good list she put together. (Well don't know about Woody & Mia after all their brouhahas..But still, they did good work together.)

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George O`Hanlon & Phyllis Coates


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Bogart and Bergman
Stallone and Shire

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only counting ones who made 3 or more films -

Cary Grant & Myrna Loy
Laurence Olivier & Vivien Leigh

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Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr and William Powell and Myrna Loy.



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Mae West and WC Fields in My Little Chickadee...

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William Holden and Audrey Hepburn
Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth



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Re: Your two favorite screen couples?

I guess Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. It's not so much their chemistry it's that their films together were some of the best written and funniest films about relationships. I'm especially fond of Adam's Rib and Pat and Mike.


Other couples I really enjoy
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant
Cary Grant and Irene Dunn

John Wayne and Maureen OHara - neither of these are favorite actors but together they really sizzle. They each make the other less wooden and predictable, freer and more risk- taking.


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Bette Davis and Paul Henreid

Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford


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Liz and Dick.
Laurel and Hardy

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Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake look like twin brother and sister.

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Man and woman:

Gene Kelly & Cyd Charisse (especially 'Brigadoon')

John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara

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Woman and woman:

Catherine Deneuve & Françoise Dorléac (sisters in real life)

Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell ('Gentlemen Prefer Blondes')


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Man and man:

Randolph Scott & Joel McCrea ('Ride the High Country', 1962)

Laurel & Hardy









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Re: Your two favorite screen couples?

Liz Taylor & Montgomery Clift - 3 films (A Place In The Sun, Raintree County, Suddenly Last Summer)

Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward - they made a number of films together
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