The first time that I ever saw Lauren Bacall in a film, it was with Humphrey Bogart in, “To Have or Have Not.” She had an intensity in her eyes that I had never quite seen before, and she used them so effectively that she created a signature pose called, “The Look.” It created a sultry appearance, with her chin practically touching her neck, with those penetrating eyes staring straight up at the camera. Very few people realized that this was not a look that she had intended for superficial reasons, but rather it was due to her nerves. It was the only way that she could keep from trembling in front of the camera.
In the April 1958 edition of Photoplay, there was a wonderful article written by Caryl Posner, entitled “The Mystery of Jennifer Jones.” It was not until a few weeks ago, while watching TCM that I got to see Jones in a movie. She was sensational. During the film, “Portrait of Jennie,” (which she had starred in ten years previously in regards to this article), Jennifer was captivating and enduring, putting forth considerable charm. After this film, I wanted to see more of here. I have seen several of her pictures since then and have not been disappointed by one of them. Apparently, I am not the only one that wanted to know more about this talented lady, as there is a whole article devoted to this very idea.
Throughout the years, I have accumulated quite the collection of classic films. One might even call it a movie library. As time permits, I attempt to watch those that I have yet to see. When I came upon Idiot’s Delight, I did not have high expectations. However, almost from the start, the comedy started to flow as Clark Gable and Norma Shearer shined, in this zany picture. It was produced by the studio powerhouse MGM in 1939. Norma plays Irene Fellara, a somewhat mysterious character, that is instantly attracted to Harry Van (Clark Gable).