Well, since I have absolutely waaaaayyyy too many favorite movie characters, I decided to put my own spin on it (in order to make it easier on myself for narrowing it down haha)and name ten of my favorite vintage screen characters. As in, characters from old black and white (or simply any movie before the 1960s or so) movies.
Without further ado, here are ten (when I could easily list 100 but that's beside the point), in no particular order.
Catherine from A Man Called Peter (a wonderful movie based on the book of the same name by Catherine Marshall-who also wrote the Christy book!)
Catherine is a sweet, lovely woman and her love for Peter throughout the movie is beautiful and touching. She is strong and brave, but feminine, graceful, and kind. I also love her speech towards the beginning at the youth rally about how women have "lost" their feminism.
Oh, Blythe.....this man is such a quiet, gentle character in The Great Escape. He never should have been in the war. He's an avid bird watcher and tea-drinker. He's so sweet, and I really love his character. Anyone who's seen the movie will know why I get sad thinking of him.
One of my favorite actresses is Teresa Wright, and she plays the simply lovely Peggy in The Best Years of Our Lives. Still living with her parents after World War 2, she works in a hospital and is confident, caring, and capable. (I didn't mean to use all c's, I promise!) Now, her resolve to break up Fred's marriage may have been wrong, but she was right in seeing he didn't love his wife-or she him. Happily, she gives up the idea, but still ends up with who she's meant to be with. (As a side note, Fred and Homer are right up there with Peggy-3 of my very very favorite characters!!!)
Just one more picture because....well, she and Dana Andrews are way too adorable together.
Ginger Rogers in The Major and the Minor is absolutely hilarious as she tries to pass herself off as a young girl in order to get a train ticket for half price. She is taken under the wing of an army major, and trouble ensues-especially when she falls in love with him!
This movie is just so funny and cute and I really need to see it again.
Judah Ben-Hur in (need I really say?) Ben-Hur, is amazing and courageous and his story is absolutely thrilling and inspiring! I really admire his character and all the growth and change it goes through. You really need to see this movie if you haven't. ;)
I love The Pride of the Yankees with Gary Cooper and (guess who?) Teresa Wright. Except this time I'm focusing on Gary cooper's character-Lou is so sweet and down-to-earth (like all of Gary Cooper's characters!). His journey into baseball and his marriage makes such a sweet story-sad ending or not. His speech-and Teresa's bravery- at the end makes me tear up. :(
Jean Arthur and Cary Grant are two other favorite actors of mine in this adorably funny but also dramatic movie called Only Angels Have Wings. I saw it when I was around 10 or 11 and it was kind of my very favorite movie for awhile. I still love it but I haven't seen it in so long-a situation I desperately need to remedy!
Cary Grant is charming in the role of daring Geoff Carter, a courageous (perhaps too courageous?) pilot. His romance with Bonnie is so sweet and adorable and the story is so exciting.
The Hasty Heart is such a sweet, tear-jerking movie centering around Lachlan MacLachlan, a proud and stubborn Scot who rejects all the offers of friendship he receives from the men he is forced to reside with while recovering in a makeshift military hospital.
Lachie is just such a great character and the ending.....oh my. I won't say anymore.
I love the 1940 film of Rebecca and Joan Fontaine is soooo lovely and sweet in it. She plays a shy, slightly naive girl who marries the mysterious master of Manderly. I just love the story and Joan plays such a sweet, befuddled heroine. And I absolutely ADORE her dress (and hair and hat...) in the above scene. Don't you?? (Although I do realize the neckline could be just a trifle higher...)
Plus, this guy is ridiculously quotable.
"I could just scream."
"Nobody likes a smart Lieutenant."
"What in the blue Pacific..."
"This is the absolute Saturday end."
Aaaannnd that's ten, ladies (and gentlemen??)! This tag was quite fun, although difficult to narrow down to only ten! I tried to mention films I haven't talked about before on my blog, so hopefully you enjoyed it!
Thanks for tagging me, Heidi and Olivia!! :D