JackFavell wrote:I agree, it just fell apart and got predictable.
I'm glad someone else loves Maureen. She's near the top of my favorites list because she could make any role, no matter how stupid or trivial, convincing and in fact, charming. She worked very hard and seems to have appeared in everything from top notch productions to B's, all with the same energy and dedication.
I have the feeling that she might have been fun to know. In between working very hard for a very long time, she was also married to talented but fairly profligate director John Farrow
, (who appears to have had a rampant case of satyriasis), had seven
children, nursed Mia through polio as a child, buried her eldest son in 1958 after he died in a plane he was piloting, and worked for years with "that damned Cheetah," whom she also called "that ape son of a b***h," (her words, not mine). According to one quote about the Tarzan experience, "Cheetah bit me whenever he could. The [Tarzan] apes were all homosexuals, eager to wrap their paws around Johnny Weismuller's thighs. They were jealous of me, and I loathed them."
While she may have found them tedious, I've been enjoying the recent number of Tarzan movies on TCM on Saturday. There's a very healthy sensuality between Johnny Weismuller and O'Sullivan, even after the Production Code made them wear more duds and get hitched. She, Weismuller, and Johnny Sheffield were great together...though I am tempted to advise marital counseling for the pair at times while watching repeated rifts between the couple when those stuffed shirts from civilization pop up beneath their jungle tree house--tempting Jane away. Here's an interesting article
on Salon about their match.
Oh! And after both their spouses had died, Robert Ryan and Maureen O'Sullivan were reportedly quite happy together for a spell. Once again, fate was unkind, after Ryan died much too early in 1973. Maureen went on to marry a "civilian," James E. Cushing.
Two favorite Maureen movies:Woman Wanted
(1935): McCrea and O'Sullivan had phenomenal chemistry together from the first scene, when he mimes asking her for a date through the window--not realizing that she is on trial for her life. The Tall T
(1957): Loved her character's discovery of her own spunkiness, thanks to circumstances and Mr. Scott.