Friday, May 17, 2013

The best on-screen couples. {Classic Movie May}

I had no trouble at all thinking of my favorite on-screen couples in classic film. :) There are some pairings in a film or two that work well, like Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in Charade. Or Audrey and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday. But all of the couples in my list appeared in multiple films together. Some of them were involved romantically in real life, and some weren't, but either way, there's a lot of chemistry. :)

1. Myrna Loy and William Powell


William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles (in the Thin Man series) are pretty much the best thing ever. :) They're hilarious, and their witty banter bounces off each other wonderfully. I love the Thin Man series, but they wouldn't be anything without these two. They also made quite a few other films together....Love Crazy is one of my favorites. They're like a wacky married couple who you would know in real life. :)

2. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers


Gene Kelly is my favorite dancer, but Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers make up my favorite dance team. They were just perfect together! I'm sure he had a lot more training and skill, but they blended so perfectly that would never know it. Ginger never looked like she was trying to keep up...they were completely balanced. And they always look like they're having so much fun. :) Fred Astaire dancing solo or with another partner just isn't the same. But they don't have to be dancing- their acting in their many films together is great, too.
 
3. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn


They look a bit oddly matched at first, but as I've mentioned before, Spencer Tracy made me like Katharine Hepburn. :) In films he often played an average Joe who like sports and such, and she was usually a wealthy, high born, independent type. She would be a feminist, and he'd be the guy who laughed at feminists. Opposites attract, huh? They're the only on-screen couple I've ever seen that are even likable when they're arguing (and goodness, sometimes it's more than arguing- it's downright fighting).

4. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall


Bogey and Bacall are about the most mismatched couple in film history. :) And yet it works! He was so much older than her and they just seem completely different, but after you see their films together, you wonder why you ever doubted it.

5. Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney


This picture makes me smile. :) I'll always think of these two as the perfect teen couple, especially in their musicals together. I love that they grew up together and were lifelong friends. When Mickey Rooney is being goofy and Judy Garland laughs, it is so genuine that you know they just loved spending time with each other.

Who are your favorite film couples?
 


Until next time,

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