6 ‘n 90! Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.
The Islander is where guests are interviewed by Nancy and asked to pick the ten films they would take with them to a desert island. Nancy’s guest this week is actor Carleton Carpenter. Carleton has acted on TV, film, and the stage.
Toy Story 3. It’s Pixar! It’s in 3D! It’s dark and edgy! What’s not to like? Listen and find out.
In its heyday, Hollywood showcased dozens upon dozens of wonderful character actresses. As with their male counterparts, most of them fell into “types,” roles for which they were well suited and extremely competent and reliable. Looking for a ditzy dame? Call upon Joyce Compton (The Awful Truth , Christmas in Connecticut ) or Barbara Nichols (Sweet Smell of Success , Pal Joey ). Need a high-toned, fussy society woman? Get in touch with Florence Bates (Heaven Can Wait , The Devil and Miss Jones ) or Edna May Oliver (Ann Vickers , Pride and Prejudice ). Want the ultimate kind, gentle, and understanding mother? Look no further then Fay Bainter (Young Tom Edison, The Human Comedy ) or, if the child in question is Jimmy Stewart, Beulah Bondi (Stewart’s onscreen mother in a record four films: Vivacious Lady, Of Human Hearts , Mr. Smith Goes to Washington , and It’s a Wonderful Life ).
And that’s fine. It’s the way it should be. As an audience, we look to these women to fulfill a specific role with great competence and gentle dignity (yes, even the ditzy dames).
What we don’t often see is the onscreen growth from one type of character into another. And another. But that’s exactly the sort of metamorphosis that character actress Lee Patrick achieved throughout the course of her long tenure as a bona fide character actress in Tinsel Town.