…But no one starts off their career as a giant. An icon. A legend. And sometimes when we see one’s beginning, we may not see the thing they will become.
Stanwyck gave Holden his big break in 1939’s “Golden Boy” and he’s been grateful to her ever since for that opportunity. This was the start of his long career. Others in this blogathong will talk about his giant hits. But here’s a quiet little romantic comedy of his that I liked from way in his beginning. “MEET THE STEWARTS” is from 1942 and it shows the trials and tribulations of a newly married couple. Holden is the groom ( Mike ) and the beautiful Frances Dee is his wacky bride ( Candy ). Good luck to young Holden
holding down the fort with a gal who can lovingly wrap him around her finger. No…he doesn’t stand a chance. It’s interesting seeing him in a light comedy, doing all the takes and mugging familiar to classic film fans of films from the 40’s. He can’t carve a turkey, a misunderstanding leads to him brawling with another man. He can’t pay the country club bill. He can handy snappy patter. There’s not a lot I can say of this breezy comedy. Yeah, you’ll see the whole plot stretched out before you within the first five minutes. Either it’s predictable or you’re really just that smart a film fan. But it’s all good. It’s a nice little film.
Me…with not a lot to say? Yeah, this time, so consider yourself lucky. I just wanted in on this blogathon because I’m a fan of the actor.
Hosting this William Holden blogathon is Virginie at The Wonderful World of Cinema. You can see more serious in-depth entries on this fine actor by clicking on the banner to the left. If you want to rest on my couch a little more, you can read my write-ups on two of Holden’s OTHER classics: “NETWORK” and “SUNSET BOULEVARD.” I do some pretty heavy lifting with those two films. And I would recommend you see “Meet the Stewarts” as well.
What I really want to do now is just bask in his youth. Yeh.
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