The American cinema history is full of handsome and talented stars that contributed mightily to the art of making movies as the romantic leads. This week, MovieZoot.com brings you four of the finest leading male actors in Hollywood: Sir Lawrence Olivier directed and starred with Marilyn Monroe in 1957’s The Prince and the Showgirl; Cary Grant starred with Irene Dunne in 1941’s Penny Serenade; Randolph Scott starred with Mala Powers in 1955’s Rage at Dawn and finally, Montgomery Clift starred with Jennifer Jones in 1953’s Indiscretion of an American Wife. Sit back, relax and watch as these men teach all the others how to romance a girl.
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The Prince and The Showgirl is the 1957 romantic comedy directed by and co-starring Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe, Richard Wattis, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Jean Kent, Jeremy Spenser and David Horne. Set in London in 1911, it tells the tale of a dignified prince in London for Royal business that falls in love with a traveling showgirl and their whirlwind courtship during the pompous Royal festivities. With their diverse backgrounds, can they make it work? Love always wins!
Glamour, laughter and tragedy converge in the 1941 romantic drama, Penny Serenade. George Stevens directs Irene Dunn and Cary Grant in telling a gripping and heart-wrenching story of a couple’s big dreams giving way to unexpected tragedy and redemptive joy. An emotional roller coaster of a melodrama that is sentimental in the extreme, Penny Serenade balances moments of heartbreaking pathos with uproarious laughter. Only director Stevens could have handled a scene with a copiously weeping Cary Grant without causing embarrassment. Nonetheless, Penny Serenade will require having at least one box of tissues on hand.
Rage at Dawn is a 1955 Tim Whelan western drama starring Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, Mala Powers and Edgar Buchanan telling the complex story of the Reno Brothers and their sister who believe they are above the law, until the Peterson Detective Agency sends a former Civil War secret agent to set up the brothers in a train robbery sting. Oh – and of course, Scott’s character, the stinging agent/detective, also wins the heart of the sister.
Indiscretion of an American Wife – originally titled Stazione Termini – is a 1953 black & white Vittorio De Sica – directed story of a doomed love affair between an Italian man and an American woman starring Montgomery Clift opposite Jennifer Jones. As eye-candy for both sexes, their appeal was further enhanced with fabulous wardrobes designed by Christian Dior who won the 1955 Academy Award for Best Costume Design for this film.