Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A little older, but it still works

In my humble opinion, the team of James Gleason and Edna May Oliver in the three Hildegarde Withers movies that they made was at least equal to the legendary team of Myrna Loy and William Powell in the Thin Man series of films. Whereas Powell and Loy were urbane and sophisticated, Gleason and Oliver were more on the crusty side, but just as effective in their roles and with just as good on-screen chemistry.

In the book, however, Miss Withers is listed as being 39 years old, whereas Oliver was about ten years older when the first of her three flicks was filmed. Thus the old maid looked even old-madier than she was in the book.

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