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Susan Hayward

a place for fans of one of the screen's legendary redheads: one of the great leading ladies of hollywood's golden age, and oscar winning actress for 1958'S I WANT TO LIVE!

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Comment by Al Pearce on September 13, 2012 at 1:55pm

there's no question about that. everybody was perfectly cast, which is one of the reasons why GWTW is one of the greatest films of all time. my mother and i never tire of it, and we always get a certain feeling, maybe of impact, after everytime we see it. it has that impression on most people who see it. it's a timeless classic. :-)

Comment by Al Pearce on September 11, 2012 at 4:30pm
I did know THAT. one of the things i like most about BEAU GESTE. Susan is young and very beautiful, and looks earnest in her acting. You know, she was considered for the part of Scarlett O'Hara (which i think would have been very good for her), and Coop was offered the part of Rhett Butler! But Coop refused, thinking GONE WITH THE WIND would be a flop. And he stated, "i'm glad it's Gable who's gonna' fall on his nose and not me". Eventually he soon regretted his words. The picture became one of the most successful and beloved films of all time. If you look up GONE WITH THE WIND SCREEN TESTS on YouTube, you'll find that among those considered for the part of Scarlett are (most notably) Paulette Goddard (she would have been perfect, but she was too mature), Jean Arthur, And including a young Susan Hayward (then Edythe Marrener).
Comment by Al Pearce on September 10, 2012 at 10:21am
Without a doubt. when i was beginning to discover her i didn't even know she had won an academy award for anything, but then i realized after reading the dvd description that she got her best actress award from this film. She deserved it. By the way, there is one film of hers i've been wanting to see called I'LL CRY TOMMOROW, where she plays a singer struggling with Alcohol. And she actually does some of her own singing there too, so i've read.
Comment by Al Pearce on May 25, 2012 at 8:46am
John Wayne as Genghis Khan isn't as bad as people. It's unusual casting, certainly, but Wayne gives the role his own natural touch and a commanding presence. I don't doubt The real Khan possessed a persona similar to Wayne's portrayal, only more decadent. But give Wayne any part and he plays it naturally. As for the films you mentioned, i have yet to see them. I am by all means interested but the libraries over here in miami are short on certain classic films, making them seem more rare than they are. Anyone know where i can view it online for free?
Comment by FilmFanatic on May 24, 2012 at 9:35pm

fabulous group. the more i see Susan Hayward's films the more i adore her. i love her tough characters and i LOVE hearing her Brooklyn accent come through at times. 

the first time i ever saw her in a film was The Conqueror!! oh my god that film is so bad it is fantastic (i now own it on DVD and have no regrets!!). i remember i watched it in film club when i was in school and on the way back to my doorm i called my grandma. my grandma told me that Susan Hayward was a very good actress that i should check out her other films. the next film i watched her in was I'll Cry Tomorrow and loved it. David and Bathsheba is so far my favorite Susan Hayward film. i have a ton more of her films saved all over my computer and i cannot watch them. 

Comment by Al Pearce on May 18, 2012 at 2:58pm
That's wonderful Patti! And i agree, Bette Davis is also one of the greatest actresses of them all. Known as the "first lady" of the American cinema, much like Gable was "The King" and Loy "the Queen" and Flynn "the Baron" and John Wayne "The Duke". But Susan? she would have to be Either Duchess or Countess! :-)

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