Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Gender Discrimination Week: Dorothy Lamour

Gender Discrimination Week continues! I'm gonna cop out and paste a bio from TCM down there. I've got a lot of work tonight but wanted to make sure to get this up.

Dorothy Lamour is a family favorite, as most of us are big fans of the Crosby-Hope Road to films. She has a stunning voice, warm, sexy, friendly and she can play anywhere from exotic to the girl-next-store, and even if the acting takes time to become fine-tuned, she gets heaps of credit for keeping a straight-face between Hope and Crosby and for even getting a word in. As regards this collection, I can't figure that "Sentimental Sandwich."

Engaging, alluring female lead and singer, a beauty contest winner ("Miss New Orleans" of 1931) who became an instant star at Paramount with her debut appearance in "The Jungle Princess" (1936). With her dusky, sensuous beauty, Lamour was often typed in exotic roles requiring her to wear a sarong ("Aloma of the South Seas" 1941, "Beyond the Blue Horizon" 1942, John Ford's superior "The Hurricane" 1937). Despite her typically sultry, sometimes deadpan expression, though, she generally approached her roles in a good-natured, slightly self-mocking way. Most often cast in musicals or comedies, Lamour performed well in occasional change-of-pace dramatic films such as "Spawn of the North" (1938), "Johnny Apollo" (1940), "A Medal for Benny" (1945) and "Wild Harvest" (1947). She is perhaps best remembered as the glamorous romantic cornerstone of the seven "road" comedies she made with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, beginning with "Road to Singapore" in 1940. [TCM]

1 comment:

King AdBeck said...

Gad, wasn't she sumpthin'? My mother once told me she always loved Dorothy Lamour, but grew up in the age of the Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield cheesecake model, when thin brunettes were left out in the cold. How sad.

At my house it is Species Bias Week, and I am not talking to the new dachshound puppy I got for XMas until he is housebroken!


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