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  • BOB on Ridley Scott Movies1 On the plus site Ridley gave us many fine films but the minus side for those such as my late father [who insisted that being what he called “a good citizen” was more important than being a good actor or charismatic star] was that more than anyone Scott gave us Russell Crowe. I liked Crowe on the screen and am content to judge him by his screen persona but if I annoyed him I wouldn’t like to meet him later in an alley “on a dark night” as the saying goes!. 2 Certainly Gladiator was a great film and...
  • Dan on Roger Moore MoviesMoonraker and Octopussy were my 2 favorite Roger Moore Bond films.
  • Dan on Roger Moore MoviesI think I'm about 10 years older than you yet my first actual current James Bond picture I saw in the theater was For Your Eyes Only (1981). I did see in the early 70's 2 double bill reissues of Sean Connery ones, Dr. No (1962) with From Russia with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965) with You Only Live Twice (1967). These were in a regular theater, I didn't watch many movies then. Roger was 848 on the 2016 Oracle of Bacon top 1000 Center of the Hollywood Universe list. By the list that came out in March Rog had...
  • Virtien on Roger Moore Moviesmartinis tonight. Shaken, not stirred
  • Bob on Roger Moore MoviesSadly Roger is no Moore. Great loss,great contribution. Thank you for so many great movie memories.
  • Flora Breen Robison on Roger Moore MoviesMom just told me about Sir Roger Moore dying and I'm very sad. I was a big fan of his. My favourite Bond film is one of his: The Spy Who Loved Me. Rest in Peace.
  • pierre on Roger Moore MoviesBonsoir Everybody, I am Sorry to learn the News of his death.When I was kid for me he was Ivanohe on sunday at the end of afternoon in an english série at the end of the50. Then the Saint and after that in "Amicalement votre "Lord Sinclare with Tony Curtis at the beginning of the 70. he became JAmes Bond for several films and famous all over the world for this part. A great actor with a great sens of humour. Pierre
  • Abbie on Roger Moore MoviesGreat look at his career. Prayers to his family and fans.
  • Fred on Roger Moore MoviesSad 😭 indeed. RIP Sir Roger
  • John on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sCogerson After studying the stats a bit, I stick with Gable as the male star of the decade and the overall star of the decade, and by a wide margin. Of the actresses, though, I now go with Ginger Rogers off your stats and thinking about it. She was in the pre-codes, the Busby Berkeley extravaganzas, the Fred and Ginger movies, and turned to comedy & some drama later in the decade. Lots of tough competition, but Ginger gets my vote.
  • John on Roger Moore MoviesCogerson Don't forget Barry Nelson, the first Bond (on TV), If not restricted to movie Bonds.
  • John on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sSteve What makes you think Bob and I can't get along? I try not to take anything personal. We are not talking about important issues here. It is just fun talk about movie history. I do think Bob is slightly off base on Myrna Loy, but he makes good points about her totals being inflated by her years as a supporting actress, even if he takes the critique to an extreme during her peak years. Still, there is validity to his critique I think. I also thought he went off the rails in transferring this critique to the Ingrid Bergman...
  • John on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sCogerson Just a thought. I was thinking of composers. Harold Arlen wrote Over the Rainbow, Stormy Weather, and probably 50 or so hits. But he wrote over 500 songs total. Most of his songs are unknown today. My point is why should we care about or judge Arlen in any way by his flops. What is important is how much he created which is good. The rest time can and does ignore. So to cut to the chase, perhaps the average critical rating and UMR ratings should be based on the great or good movies a star makes rather than...
  • John on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sCogerson Whole bunch of good guesses. Someone mentioned Jennifer Jones, and it had occurred to me that it does look a lot like her, but she doesn't make sense as an icon of the 1930's. One thought has occurred to me though. Everyone is thinking it is an actress. I wonder if it might be the singer Ruth Etting who was big in the 1930's. She sometimes wore her hair blonde, but was naturally dark-haired and has photos like that. She had high cheekbones like this lady.
  • Tyler T. on Roger Moore MoviesThat should say my first Bond.
  • Tyler T. on Roger Moore MoviesHe was the 1st Bond! Great actor, he will be missed!
  • John on Site IndexCogerson Gee, after all this I misspelled Joseph Cotten's name. Sorry.
  • John on Site IndexCogerson Well, I thought I did pretty good on the 1950's before a mediocre performance on the 1930's (in my judgment) so the 1960's I pick Julie Andrews to win as the star of the decade among the actresses. Natalie Wood I think will be in the hunt. Doris Day will be just slightly behind those two. Audrey Hepburn will be impressive in averages, perhaps at the top in average critic rating, but I don't think she made enough big hit films to match Andrews. Faye Dunaway will be similar as she came late in the decade. Elizabeth Taylor had...
  • Cogerson on Roger Moore MoviesHey John....wow....he is the first Bond to pass away...not counting Niven in the original Casino Royale. My mom loved him in Fflokes too. Sad sad day.
  • Cogerson on Roger Moore MoviesHey Steve....Well that stinks....came home for lunch and read you and John's comment. Rest in Peace Sir Roger Moore. You were "my" James Bond growing up. You will be missed.
  • John on Roger Moore MoviesCogerson Sad news to learn Roger Moore has passed away. But am pleased he had a long and very full life. I first knew of him as The Saint. Later of course there was Bond. But my own favorite performance of his was as the crusty cat-lover and woman-hater in Ffolks where he got to stretch his acting chops a bit. Everything I have read about him is that he was also a fine man offscreen. RIP
  • Steve Lensman on Roger Moore MoviesRIP Roger Moore. Dead from cancer, aged 89. Sad news I grew up with those Bond movies. Moore was a true gentleman and very witty too. I've read some of his books. I think I'll watch The Spy Who Loved Me this week as a tribute.
  • Steve Lensman on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sBob you and John have more in common than you and I or Bruce, it's a shame you two can't get along. You're both very knowledgable about classic Hollywood and have seen a ton of golden oldies, movies I've never even heard of. The only film genre's I'm pretty sure I can beat you both on is horror and sci-fi. :)
  • Steve Lensman on Don Ameche MoviesHi Bob, thanks for the review, rating, comment, trivia, observation and comparison, always appreciated. Happy you liked the posters and stills. It was fun starting the video of with a Loy/Ameche movie poster and Loy billed first. I wish I could have seen your reaction when you first looked at that. :) Bruce's chart does have some uniformity with mine, we have the same no.1 which is reasonably important and a bunch of the same movies in our top 10s. Looking at my files - Ameche has two films with 10 out of 10 score at just one source -...
  • BOB on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sSTEVE 1 "We're all good friends her in Bruce's Movie Emporium." I agree but did you run that post past John and get his agreement before submitting it? 2 Actually even our worse criticisms of each other's opinions on this site are like praise compared to some of the comments they exchange on the political and current affairs sites and the language there is for not people who blush easily. 3 I view some of the comments on those sites but don't get involved because in movies I have idols to both the perceived right and left of the political...
  • Steve Lensman on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sYes this is all good natured back and forth on Loy, no spite intended, we're all friends here in Bruce's Movie Emporium. And Bob did say some nice things about Loy in recent posts.
  • Cogerson on Don Ameche MoviesHey Bob....good review and breakdown on Don Ameche and Steve's latest video. Good feedback as usual. 3 out of 5 in comparison between my Ameche page and his Ameche video...that is pretty much normal. :)
  • Cogerson on Joseph Cotten MoviesRIP George Arliss....the George Burns of the 1930s.
  • Cogerson on Joseph Cotten MoviesHey Dan.....I agree he started so early.....a lot changes in Hollywood in 14 years...but you are right between deaths, no supporting actors, silent stars that failed in sound movies.....those early winners did not last long enough. Good way to compared movies to baseball...two of my favorite subjects.
  • Cogerson on Joseph Cotten MoviesAlright....Lyle coming through with a tally count.....much appreciated. That is good enough for a silver medal. Lupino...34 Cotten movies Lyle.....31 Cotten movies Flora....19 Cotten movies Cogerson....18 Cotten movies Steve......16 Cotten movies Thanks for the visit, comment and tally count.
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Bob....good points here. You are so correct....Gable and Loy average 40 movies in the 1930s......it now takes an actor like Hanks and Cruise almost 40 years to reach that total.
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Chris 1. Your guess of Hedy Lamarr might be the best one yet. 2. I agree with you about Gable being the biggest star of the decade. 3. Barrymore did win a Best Actor Oscar in the 1930s....and he was an above the title star for the entire decade. 4. The glory of 1939......so many great movies that year. 5. The lack of Laurel and Hardy in my database is one of our biggest weaknesses....but it is not from the lack of trying.....probably my least successful search in our 6 year history of doing these pages. Thanks for stopping...
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Lupino....thanks for the suggestion that it is Jennifer Jones.....it could be....but I am not thinking so....if only because she was unknown for that decade. So I think you are making a good decision in not risking that Sidney collection. I thought your favorite actually did pretty well in the rankings.....as Sullavan has some pretty good averages. I agree that Gable is easily the star of the decade. As for the actresses.....lots of good candidates....which I judge as too close to call. Thanks for the feedback.
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Bob....not thinking a "put down" was not the intention.....just thinking the Loy discussion has been played out....and did not want that to overshadow a massive amount of stats crammed into one page. Yes....I agree....at this point whenever Loy is mentioned in any capacity....my thoughts and Steve's thoughts return to our "friendly" discussion. So when I saw and Steve saw Loy sitting in 2nd place on the box office table...."Bob" popped into our minds. I was able to resist a dig at you ......but Steve....was unable....lol. Good point about Loy and her charity work. She did give back throughout her...
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Steve...that is a good guess...but thinking Bob would have backed that up by now.....I think of all of the suggestions....Hedy Lamarr might be the best guess.
  • BOB on Don Ameche MoviesHI STEVE 1 Bruce and I exchanged posts*** about Don Ameche on this site on 14 April following the posting of his Ameche page and if you haven’t seen them you might want to give them a look in and they should be somewhere close to this present post to you. The Betty Grable peak star years are usually considered as being from about 1940 until 1951 and historically Don can therefore be considered to be the first leading man of the Betty Grable era. Unfortunately nobody ever called Betty his “Queen” Maybe you need to do a lot of...
  • Dan on Joseph Cotten MoviesGeorge Arliss was dead too.
  • Dan on Joseph Cotten MoviesI don’t know if 42 is that disappointing. Mr. Cotten’s career commences officially in 1941 (not counting Welles’ Too Much Johnson from 1938). Oscar winners by the time their careers start in that era don’t have much to work with. Oscar winners start 1927/28. So 14 years at best of winners as your career starts as opposed to how many were alive and working 40 years ago or if you’re career started now. You can work with Robert De Niro now who won 43 years ago or Maggie Smith who won 48 years ago. In 1941 you had no supporting...
  • Lyle on Joseph Cotten MoviesHello Bruce. I've seen 31 of these titles plus The Tramplers (1966), The Hellbenders (1967), Brighty of the Grand Canyon (1967) and White Comanche (1968) which I saw on television in the 1970's. Thanks again for doing this page Bruce.
  • BOB on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sBRUCE PS This post may change the position on your page of my 5pm post to you but it was originally at any rate below the miniature still of one of the most lovely creatures God put n this earth!
  • BOB on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sJOHN AND WORK HORSE 1 Two excellent posts by you guys. Whether one agrees with all the conclusions or not there is academic as there a lot of good hard facts and conclusions in these posts. Well done. 2 As I've said before "The past is a foreign country they do things differently there" and it must be remembered that the main name of the game was to make money so that there was reportedly quite a frenzy to churn out movies in the cinema's first decades and it has always amazed me that in that frenzy so many good...
  • Chris on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHi I studied the picture of the girl behind Clark Gable. I think it is either Loretta Young or Hely Lamarr, who hit the big time with Algiers in 1938. There's no doubt about it that Gable was number 1 male star of the 30's, nobody comes close. If I was picking an actress I would probably go for Garbo or Shirley Temple. Interesting that as you go down the list, a lot weren't even big stars in the 30's. Betty Grable for example, didn't really make it big until the 40's. Bogart was really a supporting player. Lionel Barrymore,...
  • Lupino on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sBruce, about the dark haired beauty- if this weren't the 30's, I'd bet my Sylvia Sidney collection on Jennifer Jones- but she was still Phyllis Isley then and only making movies/serials at Poverty Row...so I just throw in my 2 cents and keep my collection ;) Interesting page again, I guess Gable, Loy and Crawford are a good run for "Star of the Decade"- though the wonderful book "They had Faces then", covering each and every single actress of the 30's, even the totally forgotten ones like Toby Wing or Fredi Washington "crowns" Bette as Queen of the 30's...much to...
  • BOB on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHI AGAIN BRUCE Cogerson May 22, 2017 at 11:39 am Hey Bob Anyway….I think we all know where we stand on Loy….this page is a lot more than Loy 1 In my experience you have always been fair and tolerant but your comments above could be interpreted as a put-down and in any event it was Steve who in good heart and fine spirits first raised the subject of Myrna Loy today in remarks that he addressed to me and I responded to Steve with similar gusto. Steve Lensman May 22, 2017 at 4:57 am The 1930s – Clark Gable...
  • Steve Lensman on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sI'm guessing the smiling girl behind Clark Gable is Deanna Durbin. If you google image her name there are similaries, though I can't get find the exact photo.
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey John....the next decade will be the 1960s....which I would think should be done by the end of the week....look forward to reading your guesses.
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sThanks for the link Bob....sorry it got trapped in my Spam folder....but I did approve it.
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Bob...not knowing their criteria and not knowing the ones that just missed the cut is one of the frustrating things about the AFI list....but like the Quigley polls it is a fun list to look at....even if I do not agree with it 100%.
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Bob...all good points in your 12:36 post. I like my UMR formula as well....as overall I think it does a good job of getting the cream to the top. Yes indeed picking the Top Star is very subjective....my UMR score would say it was Norma Shearer.....box office would say Myrna Loy.....Oscar love would say Olivia de Havilland.....review average would say Marlene Dietrich.....which leaves out Crawford, Davis, Garbo and Colbert to name some missing performers. We are 100% thinking the same way about Quigley and journalists.....we all look at this puzzle with snapshots....not thinking anybody will ever put this puzzle...
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sGood guesses....I tried to make the photo larger but it did not make any difference....I bet between our three guesses....one of us is correct...:)
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Pierre.....glad you like this page. Had fun putting it together....will be adding 4 or 5 names to the list in the near future. Yep....the worldwide box office Top 30 is severely flawed.....I wish all the studios would have kept better records back then. I imagine Cooper would be close to Gable if I had that information. Thanks for the nice words, the comment and the visit.
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey John....I agree the massive amount of movies Gable made in the end hurt him when it came to the averages.....but since this looks at the entire decade Gable is saddled with his early career.....which makes his average gross even more incredible. I have no issue saying Gable is the star of the decade....and my stats back that up.....he is an easy victor in box office.....in the Top 12 when looking at UMR scores ...in the Top 16 when looking at average ratings....and 3rd in Oscar nominations and 2nd in Oscar wins.....nobody has those numbers beat. Six movies from this...
  • pierre on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHello, may be Dolores del Rio or Lupe Velez but it is not easy to find out.....
  • pierre on Top Movie Stars of the 1930shi Bruce, here they are, at last, the magnificent 1930 and all the classical stars. THIS IS THE DECADE with the 1920 which made Hollywood. by the way i dont care about the rank of my fav because a lot of my fav were at Paramount so no worldwide fo Dietrich by example, most of her film were at Paramount except The garden and the Knight which were great box office in France and in England... So as usual, "Chapeau Bas "for you Monsieur Cogerson.......and of course many thanks for the job; i will come back fot this page later...
  • BOB on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sBRUCE 1 I have repeatedly said that Quigley should be taken with a large pinch of salt and indeed see par 4 of my 12.30pm post to you where I again pour cold water on their polls. 2 My point to Steve was that HE DID make an issue of Myrna's Quigley success in his post to me and I was simply saying that if she was to be commended on that then comparisons should be made with the Quigley performances of other actresses so that we could get her Quigley achievements into perspective. As Steve mentioned only Myrna's top...
  • BOB on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHI BRUCE 1 I would agree with you if you said that Myrna deserved to be on the AFI list more than Loren, Gardner Bacall and even Grace Kelly none of whom CARRIED many films and yet whilst glamorous and talented in a limited way did not have Loy's all round ability. 2 But that's just my opinion and for me the problem with challenging AFI is that I don't know what their criteria was when making their selections.
  • BOB on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHI BRUCE Seeing you mention to Steve that Garbo was in your opinion the greatest ACTRESS of the1930s suggested to me that it is just possible we have been arguing at cross purposes over Loy. 1 I think that your UMR scores are a great idea because they combine achievements such as box office and audience/critic approval which in my view is the sensible way to do it and obviously AFI took numerous factors into account in compiling its lists and one magazine that I saw even took into account good and bad press publicity which means that whilst Newman...
  • John on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sCogerson "I would guess that is Vivien Leigh" Good guess. Thanks. I can't say for certain myself, but I can't think of any other dark-haired ladies whom it could be.
  • John on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sCogerson Just on averages. I think they are very misleading in this decade, possibly because there is such a huge gap between the numbers of films made by studio actors grinding them out and those who for one reason or another worked less often. As Clark Gable was pretty big in this decade, I will use him for the comparison. Charlie Chaplin made two movies with an average critical rating of 90.3--Gable's top two movies have a critical rating of 90.5 The Marx Bros. made eight movies with an average critical rating of 80.4--Gable's top eight movies have a critical...
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Frank....thanks for such nice words about our website. After years of collecting this information finally taking the time to actually look at the information. The end result are these decade pages which I have fun putting together. Yes Donald Crisp is a supporting actor.....but he was really good....lol. We actually have a Crisp page that looks at his entire career. And those numbers are included here. I agree 100% with you about Quigley. A fun list to look at, but not statistically accurate. Glad you found our page.
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey John....no idea what the little doll is.... but I would guess that is Vivien Leigh behind Gable.
  • John on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sCogerson & others I like your mural, although Babe Ruth seems odd in this decade. I think of him as a 1920's icon, although he did play to 1935. A couple of questions. What is that thing in the middle between Cary Grant and Judy Garland which partially obscures Joe DiMaggio? I draw a blank. And anyone have a guess who the dark-haired lady behind Clark Gable is?
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Bob....I have always thought Loy was wrongly left off the AFI list.....which is why I included her in my Top 50 actress list. Loy was an above the title actress for most of her 1930s career. Regardless of her billing 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Anyway....I think we all know where we stand on Loy....this page is a lot more than Loy. Maybe I have some thoughts on that?
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Bob....as we have discussed before the Quigley polls are fun but not based on actual box office grosses. Loy might have only cracked their Top 10 twice....but she does make their 25.....at least 5 times. Your other comment did not go through right away because of the link you included....and not because of your Loy issues...lol. Thank the spammers for that.
  • Frank Berumen on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sCongratulations on your incredible work of tabulating such massive amounts of data. You should publish all this in a book. I wanted to make some comments on your list. You are covering Hollywood's Golden Age, which was "star" driven. Therefore, excellent character actors like Donald Crisp (and others you listed in the 1940s and 1950s) were not "stars" or have box-office pull. Also, Quigley's lists have some incredible flaws. For example, the biggest money-making film of 1950 was Samson and Delilah; in 1951, it was Quo Vadis; and in 1956 and 1959, they were The Ten Commandaments and Ben-Hur; yet...
  • John on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sCogerson You are generous in your grading, but then again I hear about modern grade inflation all the time. I expected Gable to be the star of the decade and I think he was, despite being pulled down by making so many movies. I will post on that topic I think, as I am doing some gophering into your stats. I expected Gable's performance, but it was Tyrone Power who is surprisingly strong. His rivals Robert Taylor and Errol Flynn were left in the dust at the box office. Gable was voted the King of Hollywood in 1938. Power won...
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Steve....well you gotta respect Bob's difference of opinion with regards to Loy. It has always amazed that my suggestion that she might be the greatest BOX OFFICE actress has bothered him so much. My suggestion was based on looking at the stats and not some personal preference. To me the greatest actresses of this decade is Greta Garbo....and her box office results do not evrn remotely back up that thought. ;)
  • BOB on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sSTEVE CORRECTION TO MY LAST POST AND APOLOGY Betty Grable had 10 Quigley top 10 entries and not 7. Sorry I can't increase Myrna's total for you!
  • John on Site IndexSteve I was inspired by your comment to re-watch both the 1935 & the 1942 versions yesterday afternoon back to back. I was a bit extreme in saying the 1935 version is much better, but I do prefer it. Still, both movies are very good, but that is not my issue. The main point is that Raft playing a Dashiell Hammett anti-hero in a box-office hit at a time he needed one was and is an important movie in his career. And I'm not alone in thinking it very good. It has a 7.2 rating at IMDB while the 1942...
  • BOB on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHI STEVE 1 Good weekend? Anyway appreciations of stars always hype up their achievements and for example Mae West. Deanna Durbin and many others have been endlessly credited with “saving her studio from bankruptcy and even Mumbles’ Godpop was said to have increased the value of Paramount’s stock on Wall Street. 2 It’s not just that Loy mostly got second billing [and even third billing in Manhattan Melodrama and Wife V Secretary – Myrna wasn’t even the King’s leading lady when another big star like Harlow in this one was in the movie] it was the identity of some of...
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Steve....you have done an awesome job of catching up and lately surpassing me on classic pages/videoes. As for Grant, most of the 1930s were average at best for Grant....he only really took off at the end of the 1930s. Looking at these three decade pages...one performer has been outstanding in all the decades .....Mr. James Stewart. Yep the Marx Brothers got replaced by A & C....but there 1930s were so awesome that they made AFI's Top Screen Legends list. :)
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Bob...funny quotes.....and funny comment.....which the beauty of that comment it can be turned around on you as well....as we are both set in our ways. I have never ever claimed my stats where the be all final answer...I actually have said that these numbers are not exact....just the best current numbers....which if a better number pops up I am willing to change my numbers right away. These are the stats...the reader can interpret them how they want to.....we choose to interpret them differently. Variety is the spice of life. Hope you have a peaceful day.
  • Steve Lensman on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sBob, it doesn't look like we'll ever get you to worship at the 'Shrine of Loy'. [wink] You're taking this billing business far too seriously just because she's not billed first over the lead actor doesn't diminish her star status, she's still a leading actress. From TCM.com - "Myrna Loy was one of Hollywood's most popular actresses of the 1930s and maintained that stardom for decades. Her popularity peaked in the late 30s, and when Gable was voted "King of Hollywood" in a popularity poll, Myrna Loy was right beside him as elected "Queen." Myrna Loy twice made the annual...
  • Steve Lensman on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sYes you have been productive these past few days, it's good to see the UMR buzzing with activity again. Looking at the top 30 box office leaders, I've done videos on 25 of them. So proud. [wipes tear] Errol Flynn last in that group, a bit of a surprise but he only had one biggie that decade, Robin Hood, not sure how popular Captain Blood was. Even more surprising is Cary Grant's poor showing in that decade. The Marx Brothers, no.1 on one of your charts, I'm still impressed. But by the 40s they were superseded by Abbott and Costello...
  • BOB on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sSTEVE 1 It has been said that doing the same thing in the same way and getting the same old wrong results is one definition of madness. Continually regurgitating the stats of Gable/Powell/Asta movies and crediting their grosses in full to Loy brings nothing new and fresh to the debate and will not cut it for the more discerning movie buff who looks at the whole picture. EDWARD LIONHEART [HAM SHAKESPEAREAN ACTOR] "I gave you another great Shakespearean performance and yet you gave the Award to William Walderhove a mumbling twitching boy" PEREGRINE DEVLIN [CAPTIVE THEATRICAL CRITIC] "William Walderhove brought...
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Steve....I figured you would be happy about Groucho and his company of brothers. I was equally surprised.....the total of only 8 movies really helped them (that is only 35 less movies than Loy) keep their averages up.....but the 1930s was easily their most successful and productive time period. The review rating carried them to this victory...as they are only ranked 70th when looking at the box office totals. :)
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Steve 1. Yep they (Gable and Loy) seem deserving of those "King" and "Queen" titles they won back in that massive 1930s fan poll. 2. I think this table page shows evidence for both Bob's and mine point on her....(a) statistically she made a lot of movies that probably makes her the successful "box office" actress of all-time.....but on Bob's side...(b) the fact that her other averages tumble down the rankings show that other than box office.....critics, audiences and the Oscar voters did not think as highly of her movies. 3. Still....I can hear Bob cringing all the way...
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Dan 1. Thanks for the visit and the comment. 2. Looking at your list of 10 or more movies....I would say adding Joan Blondell, Joe E. Brown, Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Pat O'Brien are the ones missing on this rundown....I will have to get them added to the page. 3. Very interesting about Cavalcade....it is one of the few Best Picture Oscar winning movies that I have not seen. 4. GWTW is a movie that gets better and better with each new viewing...gotta admit....I did not like that movie at all.....on my first viewing..... I could not believe it...
  • Steve Lensman on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sAnd it's great to see my favorite comedy team - The Marx Brothers - doing so well on those charts, wow, didn't expect that. [thumbs up]
  • Steve Lensman on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sThe 1930s - Clark Gable and Myrna Loy are crowned King and Queen of the Box Office. That should make Bob's blood boil. But like it or not Bob, Myrna was a leading lady, not a supporting actress, doesn't matter if Gable or Powell is billed first she is still the lead actress in that movie. IMO Donald Crisp is the odd one out in the Box Office Leaders list, like Walter Brennan he was a supporting actor and a good one but did he ever top line a movie? Myrna doesn't do as well on the UMR main chart,...
  • Cogerson on Joseph Cotten MoviesHey Pierre....glad you found, liked and commented on our Joseph Cotten page. The Welles/Cotten team was on of the best of all-time. :)
  • Cogerson on Joseph Cotten MoviesHey Chris...I agree he was outstanding in his villain roles....love his Uncle Charlie role....one of Hitchcock's best villains. Yep...the Oscar people not only did not get him a nomination...he never got a Honorary Oscar either.....that seems so wrong. Citizen Kane and The Third Man will indeed get him new fans when they get watched....and thus will keep his memory alive. Good stuff...:)
  • Cogerson on Joseph Cotten MoviesHey Lupino. 1. I think if ever Cotten fan commented....Portrait of Jennie would not be too far behind Citizen Kane as their favorite Cotten movie. 2. Tally counts....you 34, Flora 19, me 18 and Steve 16.....so congrats on another victory. 3. I will be sure to skip Lady Frankenstein...lol. 4. I also agree with you about Soylent Green...love the ending. 5. I think you are the first person to mention Lydia....I will have to see if I can track that one down. Thanks for the stopping by. :)
  • Cogerson on Joseph Cotten MoviesHey Phil 1. I agree....Cotten's 1940 out put was amazing....box office hits...all-time classics...and yet by 1954 his career in high budget leading man roles were almost gone completely. 2. That meant he was a television actor and low budget movie actor for almost 30 years. 3. I have seen and liked all of your mentioned memorable performances with the exception of I'll Be Seeing You.. 4. I also agree he has become somewhat forgotten......but Citizen Kane will keep introducing him to movie fans for a very long time. Thanks for the movie thoughts and for the visit.
  • Cogerson on Joseph Cotten MoviesHey Dan....somewhat shocked that Cotten was so high on the 2000 list....then again....that was 17 years ago....seems so strange that 2000 is so long ago. Heaven's Gate was certainly helping out with that cause....wow....tons of actors on the list. Wow Orson Welles was in the Top 10 in 2000....that is amazing. 42 Oscar winners is below average especially for as many movies and for as long as his career was. As always....thanks for sharing this information.....good stuff....:)
  • Cogerson on Joseph Cotten MoviesHey Lyle.....thanks for the information....I recently watched Portrait of Jennie on DVD....either it is a new release or an old copy that has been in my local library for ages. Hopefully Flora will be able to catch it on TCM. :)
  • Cogerson on Joseph Cotten MoviesHey Flora....you are welcome...sorry it took so long to get the page completed. Tally count...pretty. Flora 19, Bruce 18 and Steve 16. Actually shocked that I am that close to your tally. Portrait of Jennie is an interesting movie....that has a huge fan base. Jennifer Jones and Cotten made a good screen team.I have seen your 5 favorite Cotten movies. All are great movies....though I do admit I think Ambersons is a little overrated. Thanks for the visit. :)
  • Cogerson on Joseph Cotten MoviesHey Steve. 1. Your You Tube output is putting me to shame....but at least I got this Cotten page done pretty soon after your video. 2. Yep...I double checked by spelling of Mr. Gotten....lol. 3. Wow...I have you topped....and pretty close to Flora's total too...patting myself on the back. Flora 19, Bruce 18 and Steve 16. 4. Of your favorites...I have not seen Twilight's Last Gleaming...but enjoyed the favorites you listed. 5. As for top grossing western? That honor belonged to Duel in the Sun for over 23 years....before Butch and Sundance showed up....no western has topped that one though....currently...
  • Cogerson on Joseph Cotten MoviesHey Lyle...glad (a) you have grown to like Joseph Cotten more and (b) glad you like this UMR page subject. I have not seen Love Letters yet....but it always amazes how much money it earned. I feel he is one of the most underrated actors of all-time...what a brilliant 1940s he had. :)
  • Dan on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sSince November 1992 when I saw the #8000 film of my life till the end of last year I saw 1530 1930's films. Since about 2011 I stopped listing the casts and since we see more obscurities these days like B westerns, their stars probably would have more members. Hey I've seen a lot of Tom Tyler starring pictures in the past year and 3 Rex Bell films this year. Anyways my most seen top billed credited actors for this period is more conventional with a number you have done pages on and the influence of all those old Warner...
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930s1. John was 100% correct about Clark Gable being the easy winner in box office totals....Gable almost doubled the amounts of every actor that we have in our database. 2. John's guess on Charles Laughton being near the top was spot on...as Laughton finished 4th among actors....but wished somewhat on Paul Muni....as Muni barely missed the Top 10....when looking at actors. 3. When looking at overall.....John mentioned by Gable, Power and Astaire....all finished in the Top 8 when looking at actors....Gable slipped due to the amount of movies he made....37 movies is almost 4 movies a year for the entire...
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sJohn's comment on May 14th....when he guessed the results of this page.....over a week before we put the page together. "I figure Clark Gable should win easily for the men, by a mile at the box office, also with the Oscars. Gable probably won’t be at the top for average critical ratings as he made so many movies. The bread and butter stars who ground them out for the studios and were the financial foundation of the industry are penalized here in favor of “prestige” actors who picked their spots. My guess is either Paul Muni or Charles Laughton will...
  • Cogerson on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sHey Flora....when looking at box office totals....they were indeed the King and Queen of Hollywood when it comes to the 1930s....thanks for checking out our latest page. Glad Mr. Montgomery did well in the totals.
  • Flora Breen Robison on Top Movie Stars of the 1930sGreat to see Clark Gable and Myra Loy at the top. And also seeing Robert Montgomery at number 7. I am a big fan of his.
  • pierre on Joseph Cotten Movieshello Phil, I think you are perfectly right on Joseph Cotten , i think he is a great actor and first of all he was working with a genius Orson Welles during the forties with some great chefs d oeuvre films; Citizen Kane and Ambersons and he was great also in others parts like in Gaslight good day pierre
  • Chris on Joseph Cotten MoviesHi My favourite Cotten movie has to be Shadow of Doubt. He made a wonderful villain, he was a bad guy also in Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte. I can't believe he never got an Oscar nomination considering all the classy movies he was in. But for that reason, he was in such a lot of quality movies, he will always be remembered. There's always going to be an audience for Citizen Kane and The Third Man. For those two films alone. I suppose most actors want the chance to appear in one truly great movie in their life, Cotten had...
  • Lupino on Joseph Cotten MoviesMy favorite film starring Joseph Cotten is Portrait of Jennie. Other favs are Duel in the Sun, Love Letters, Since you went away, Citizen Kane, The magnificent Ambersons, Lydia, Shadow of a Doubt, The Third Man and Niagara. Of his later films, I like Hush, Hush sweet Charlotte and Soylent green the most. Some of his B pictures are quite interesting, too: Blueprint for Murder and The Killer is loose come to mind. I've also seen Lady Frankenstein (awful!) and Lo scopone scientifico, costarring him for a third time with Bette Davis, which is in fact a good one! Of...
  • BOB on Robert Montgomery MoviesSTEVE CORRECTION Careless wording in my previous post. The box office Queen to whom I was referring in para 4 was of course Durbin and not Loy whom John and WH have made a Pretender to the throne to use historical terms about monarchs. PHEW! Glad I caught it out as my adversaries might otherwise have had field day.

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  1. Wow that was quick! Thanks for considering my comment and updating the page. I guess this means the pages of the relevant co-stars of the updated films may need to be revised as well eventually, but…one step at a time 🙂 I see what you mean about the Hour of the Gun. So it did bombed badly at the box office. Not surprising given its lack of high dramatic moments, though it was a credible, revisionist Wyatt Earp story with strong performances from Garner and Jason Robards. A bit surprised at the low rating of Skin Game. I think it was one of Garner’s best films and it usually has very good ratings.

    1. Hey phil…..I think there were 3 or 4 pages that have the mistake of me being lazy….I think with fixing the Garner page…that I am down to only needing to fix the Gary Cooper page….and yes….I need to fix the co-stars that piled on to my laziness. One day…..this site will be dynamic…and whenever something changes….it will change it everywhere on the website automatically. With the site….getting so big….I have lost of control of that.

      As for Skin Game…..wow…..it’s reviews have really jumped up since I first did this page back in 2011….it made significant gains at IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes over the last 5 years. That is another “issue” with my website…..I pretty much never go back and look at the review % when I am done with a page (just do not have the time for that)….both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes have a constantly changing rating…seems lots of people have backed your opinion of Skin Game……as I have adjusted that movie’s critic audience rating….granted….it did not move the needle too far…but enough to get it out of the less than average rating and into the better than average rating. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. One of the things you will find about this website….we have no problem…acknowledging that we screwed something up…..we seem to do it all the time…lol.

  2. Congratulations, your web site contains a wealth of information and an interesting way to rate movies. I have a number of comments/suggestions that I would like to send later. But for now, I was reviewing the box office information for a number of my favourite stars (Burt Lancaster, Gregory Peck, Steve McQueen, James Garner etc..) and found some possible inconsistencies in James Garner’s page. I noticed as compared to last year, adjusted box office figures have generally been revised upward by 30% or more and I assume this is because of using more a more current dollar value. However, in Garner’s page, a number of box office figures were increased by only about 5%. Based on a review of what has been done for other films across a number of stars, I estimated that The Americanization of Emily, 36 Hours, The Art of Love, Boys’ Night Out, Duel at Diablo and Support Your Local Sheriff may have been wrongly adjusted. Also, while I do not have access to the Variety numbers, I note that Wikipedia indicates BO rentals of $3.5M for the Wheelers Dealers and $2M for Hour of the Gun, which adjusted should result in about $80-100M for the former (instead of $45.7) and $30-40M ($14.4M) for the latter?

    1. Hey Phil
      1. Thanks for the nice words about out page.
      2. These two links will explain what is going on with the James Garner page. http://www.ultimatemovierankings.com/2016/12/december-26th-just-realized-made-another-mistake/ and http://www.ultimatemovierankings.com/sorry-i-was-so-wrong/
      3. So you will see a different table when you return…as I am about to update it.
      4. This does not effect Hour Of The Gun…..the source used on Wiki….says it comes from a book and not Variety…so many of Garner’s movies increased but not that one…as I already had the gross of that movie a little over two million.
      5. Thanks for the headsup on my mistake on the Garner page.

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