The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters.
- Audrey Hepburn

Charles Coburn Alert!

Discussion of the actors, directors and film-makers who 'made it all happen'

Moderators: Sue Sue Applegate, movieman1957, moira finnie, Lzcutter

User avatar
Mr. Arkadin
Posts: 2657
Joined: April 14th, 2007, 3:00 pm

Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby Mr. Arkadin » October 20th, 2009, 5:57 pm

If you're a fan like me, you'll want to record these showing early tomorrow morning:

Unexpected Uncle (1941)
A bored retiree decides to play matchmaker.
Cast: Anne Shirley, James Craig, Charles Coburn, Ernest Truex Dir: Peter Godfrey BW-67 mins, TV-G

Impatient Years, The (1944)
A feuding couple re-creates their courtship in hopes of falling back in love.
Cast: Jean Arthur, Lee Bowman, Charles Coburn, Edgar Buchanan Dir: Irving Cummings BW-91 mins, TV-G

Over 21 (1945)
When a newspaper editor enlists during World War II service, his wife has to run interference with his boss.
Cast: Irene Dunne, Alexander Knox, Charles Coburn, Jeff Donnell Dir: Charles Vidor BW-105 mins, TV-PG

Paradine Case, The (1947)
A married lawyer falls for the woman he's defending on murder charges.
Cast: Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton, Charles Coburn Dir: Alfred Hitchcock BW-114 mins, TV-PG

Doctor And The Girl, The (1950)
A doctor leaves his wealthy family to work in the slums.
Cast: Glenn Ford, Charles Coburn, Gloria De Haven, Janet Leigh Dir: Curtis Bernhardt BW-98 mins, TV-PG

User avatar
movieman1957
Administrator
Posts: 5497
Joined: April 15th, 2007, 3:50 pm
Location: MD

Re: Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby movieman1957 » October 21st, 2009, 8:29 am

Though not on today''s list my two favorite Coburn roles are in "Vivacious Lady" and "The More The Merrier." He must have liked Arthur. In addition to "The Impatient Years" and "The More The Merrier" they did "The Devil and Miss Jones"
Chris

"Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana."

User avatar
MissGoddess
Posts: 5108
Joined: April 17th, 2007, 10:01 am
Contact:

Re: Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby MissGoddess » October 21st, 2009, 8:44 am

Dang, I didn't know he was in The Doctor and the Girl. I was half decided to record that. If I missed it then poo on me for it sounds like one of those titles that won't show up again any time soon.

Arkadin, very cute idea for a thread. I love this guy so much.

Chris - one of my favorites with Charles is Heaven Can Wait. Seeing him in a Lubitsch comedy is icing on the cake.

Of course, then there's Kings Row, where I never would have believed he could be so scary.

Image

"There's only one thing that can kill the movies, and that's education."
-- Will Rogers

User avatar
movieman1957
Administrator
Posts: 5497
Joined: April 15th, 2007, 3:50 pm
Location: MD

Re: Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby movieman1957 » October 21st, 2009, 9:59 am

He was also fun with Cary Grant in "Monkey Business." And at his age. It has been forever since I have seen "KIng's Row" I have to see him in that kind of role.
Chris

"Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana."

User avatar
CineMaven
Posts: 3818
Joined: September 24th, 2007, 9:54 am
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Contact:

Re: Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby CineMaven » October 22nd, 2009, 9:30 pm

I can't get over Charles Coburn with Bette Davis in "IN THIS OUR LIFE." It (unfortunately for me) colors his name in my mind.
"You build my gallows high, baby."

http://www.megramsey.com

User avatar
MissGoddess
Posts: 5108
Joined: April 17th, 2007, 10:01 am
Contact:

Re: Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby MissGoddess » October 23rd, 2009, 9:58 am

Heeee! I know what you mean, T-Mave! He was kind of hard in THE DOCTOR AND THE GIRL. too. He could be so charming or so devious.
"There's only one thing that can kill the movies, and that's education."
-- Will Rogers

User avatar
mongoII
Posts: 12345
Joined: April 14th, 2007, 7:37 pm
Location: Florida

Re: Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby mongoII » October 23rd, 2009, 12:36 pm

Thanks to TCM I've become a true blue Charles Coburn fan. Although I've enjoyed his performances in the films mentioned thus far, it's his portrayal of Scotman Alexander Gow in "The Green Years" that I love the most.
Joseph Goodheart

moviesrgr8
Posts: 5
Joined: August 15th, 2009, 8:48 pm
Location: Philadelphia Suburbs - Chester County

Re: Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby moviesrgr8 » October 26th, 2009, 7:48 pm

When I am down and need to laugh, I watch The More the Merrier. Coburn won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for this performance and he sure deserved it. Damn the torpedoes -- Full speed ahead!

User avatar
JackFavell
Posts: 11946
Joined: April 20th, 2009, 9:56 am

Re: Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby JackFavell » October 27th, 2009, 12:31 pm

You know, I have to give TCM a thanks too.... I have finally discovered how great Charles Coburn really is, because the man worked all the time! All those years I thought he was in a handful of films, only to discover after watching TCM that he never had a moment's rest.. poor dear. And I am sure he loved it.

Of course I love him as "Piggy" in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and in The More the Merrierhe's a doll, but my favorite Coburn role will always be as the wonderfully wiley "Colonel" Harry Harrington in The Lady Eve. .

Image

User avatar
movieman1957
Administrator
Posts: 5497
Joined: April 15th, 2007, 3:50 pm
Location: MD

Re: Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby movieman1957 » February 16th, 2015, 3:10 pm

There are too many places to put this. There are at least two Joel McCrea threads and there may be a Jean Arthur thread but I thought this would be a nice place for a change.

I got to watch The Bride watch "The More The Merrier" over the weekend. It was completely by chance and often that is the best way to do it.

I thought here because it was as much, if not more, of Coburn's performance that helped her to love the film. She has seen him in other things. Most often as the grumpy father in "Vivacious Lady" so she had little idea what a joy he could be. And she certainly had fun watching him. Everything so natural and easy. It was a treat to watch him.

All the best scenes, save for the one on the front steps, involve him in some fashion.Take him away and it is not nearly as fun.

I wonder if The Bride has seen "The Devil and Miss Jones"?
Chris

"Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana."

RedRiver
Posts: 4209
Joined: July 28th, 2011, 9:42 am

Re: Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby RedRiver » February 17th, 2015, 11:41 am

I hope Movie Wife does get a look at THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES. I think it's a better film then "Merrier." Mr. Coburn is wonderful in both!

User avatar
movieman1957
Administrator
Posts: 5497
Joined: April 15th, 2007, 3:50 pm
Location: MD

Re: Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby movieman1957 » February 17th, 2015, 12:25 pm

She will. It's on the table next to the sofa as soon as she is ready.
Chris

"Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana."

User avatar
movieman1957
Administrator
Posts: 5497
Joined: April 15th, 2007, 3:50 pm
Location: MD

Re: Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby movieman1957 » February 21st, 2015, 3:58 pm

Two in a row. She really liked "The Devil and Miss Jones." Thought it sweet with some funny moments. We are on a roll.
Chris

"Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana."

RedRiver
Posts: 4209
Joined: July 28th, 2011, 9:42 am

Re: Charles Coburn Alert!

Postby RedRiver » February 21st, 2015, 6:18 pm

Wait till she sees KINGS ROW!


Return to “The People of Film”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests