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Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday's Top 5... Classic Screen Pairings

#5: Clark Gable & Joan Crawford

(Dance Fools Dance, Possessed, Laughing Sinners, Dancing Lady, Forsaking All Others, Chained, Love On The Run, Strange Cargo)

Onscreen and off Gable and Crawford had heat and they played off each other brilliantly no matter what the genre.

#4: Katherine Hepburn & Cary Grant

(Sylvia Scarlett, Bringing Up Baby, Holiday, The Philadelphia Story)

Cary Grant could make a winning combination with just about anyone, but there was particular crackle whenever he shared the screen with Katherine Hepburn.

#3: Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers

(Flying Down To Rio, The Gay Divorcee, Roberta, Top Hat, Swing Time, Follow The Fleet, Shall We Dance, Carefree, The Barkleys of Broadway)

No two people ever moved together more beautifully onscreen. True, they eventually tired of always being mentioned together, but the legacy they left behind is in a class all its own.

#2: Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy

(Woman of the Year, Keeper of the Flame, Without Love, The Sea of Grass, State of the Union, Adam's Rib, Pat & Mike, Desk Set, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner)

In this battle of the sexes, the players were pretty evenly matched (though Tracy usually came out on top) making for a particularly enjoyable and enduring union.

#1: Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall

(To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, Key Largo)

She taught him to whistle, he taught her everything else. When it comes to onscreen pairings, no one can hold a candle to them.

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Andrew K. said...

I've actually never seen any of the pairings of Grant and Crawford together. Hmmm. I approve all other choices though.

Unknown said...

Crawford has taken a backseat to the others since her daughter's rag was published and that is unfortunate because the romantic chemistry between Gable and Joan was riveting and heartfelt.
In today's times, a man as old as Bogart would be a pediphile romancing Bacall and the Hepburn-Tracy match-ups were to me quite unbelievable. No romance there at all.