Friday, January 9, 2015
The Hitherto Unmentioned: Hail and Farewell
Now, Rod Taylor may not have been an actor for the ages, but I think we can agree that he was easy on the eyes.
And I have to admit I had no idea he was Australian. Also, I would have sworn that he was one of Joan Crawford's boy toys in one of her lesser '50s epics, which is apparently not the case (but wouldn't that have made for a good picture? I'm thinking something like The Angry Female or What a Woman Knows, with Rod as a no-good drifter who changes the life of an obsessed career woman and is redeemed in the process, with a nice little part for Ruth Roman as her rival and maybe a turn by Spring Byington as the confidante and/or his mother).
What I do know is that he was a damn good leading man - stalwart and straightforward and, in case I haven't mentioned it - more than easy on the eye. Yet another loss as 2015 gets into gear.
But we'll always have Bodega Bay...