I’m just reeling from the idea of Ronald Reagan being TCM’s Star of the Month. Ronnie is one of my top favorite actors of the 1940’s. (see my top 10 list here) So, when I received my copy of Now Playing a couple of weeks ago and saw Ronnie’s handsome face gracing the cover, I nearly swooned!
Oh, Ronnie – how I adore you.
Well, on to more serious issues. His films – winners one and all, I’d say. And that’s not just my Ronnie bias speaking either. I remember hearing Robert Osborne decry the misconception of Ronnie’s films, too. If you have been avoiding Ronnie’s films because of the prevailing idea of their awfulness, please reconsider.
I’ve got some top picks for you, if you’re game:
Desperate Journey (1942) – A terrific war thriller starring Errol Flynn, Ronnie, Arthur Kennedy and Alan Hale. The guys are American airmen who get stranded in Germany and have to fight their way out. There’s several truly hilarious moments of comedy with Alan Hale. (TCM – March 25 @ 12.45am eastern, not available on DVD)
The Voice of the Turtle aka One for the Book (1948) – A truly tender love story with Ronnie and Eleanor Parker. Ronnie can’t get a hotel room for his leave, so he stays with Eleanor. Other cast attractions include the multi-talented Eve Arden and Wayne Morris. (TCM – March 19 @ 4 am eastern, not available on DVD either!)
The Hasty Heart (1950) – This is an amazingly good film in it’s own right and with the stellar cast, it’s nearly perfect. Ronnie, Richard Todd and many others are recooperating soldiers in a hospital in Burma. Patricia Neal is their nurse. Richard Todd is a Scotsman who is determined not to get involved with the other men. The story revolves around the group trying to break him down and make him see how beautiful life can be. It’s quite moving. (Sadly, TCM hasn’t scheduled this one. I’m calling Bobby Osborne to find out why! ;) But, it is available on DVD in The Ronald Reagan Signature Collection)
Have a look at dear Ronnie’s films, if you get the chance. I think you’ll find they aren’t half as bad as people say they are. I’m off to spend some more time in Ronnie Heaven! :)