When it comes to Robert Taylor he grew on me as I got older. Once I caught on to the fact that his films were far more than romantic trifles for the ladies I was hooked. In case you are wondering, yes I did catch up to many of his thirties flicks including Camille opposite Miss Greta. While Taylor makes for a stoic hero there is something to be said for the dark roles he undertook as he got older. The Last Hunt being a true gem opposite Stewart Granger if you care to seek it out.
When it comes to my poster collection, I had to have at least one in there somewhere. And it’s a good one opposite Richard Widmark.
Acting opposite his wife and fellow Hollywood legend Miss Stanwyck.
Taylor ” You sure must need those ten big dollars a day the Army paid you to come up here.”
John McIntire “I got a sick wife.”
Taylor “It beats a sick widow!”
Taylor Meets Taylor.
” Oh, now don’t turn ordinary on me. I get tired of ordinary dames. And I don’t want to get tired of you. ”
Noir filled thriller with a heck of a cast that was used extensively for the Steve Martin parody Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.
One of the earliest Taylor films I recall from TV while growing up. naturally I have a soft spot for this effort that pitted him against Stewart Granger.
Robert Taylor made plenty of films in various genres much like Heston. He seemed to fit easily into westerns, historical epics, gangsters and of course the romantic films. Something to be enjoyed by all.
For an enjoyable trio of films he made with Eleanor Parker that I recently featured click here, here and here.
Going down his list of films on IMDb, I couldn’t believe I’ve only seen four, and all of those were noirs: The Bribe, High Wall, Johnny Eager, and Rogue Cop. I liked his work in all four, so I guess it’s time I branch out a bit and try some others. I know you really liked The Law and Jake Wade, so maybe I’ll start there.
You have plenty of viewing pleasure ahead. Some solid westerns in there and I am a bit surprised you haven’t maybe seen some of his Sword and Sandal epics.
I went down that IMDb list again, and not including the four Taylor noirs I’ve seen, I’ve only ever HEARD of maybe five of his films! The other 60+ titles of his are complete mysteries to me! Sorry, Robert!
Kind of surprised at that but then he is one of those HUGE stars that has faded from the mainstream unlike Bogie. If you take the time you’ll have plenty of great titles to check out.
You know how big a Taylor fan I am, and he really got great as he aged.
I think this is where I point out that Robert and I are very much alike in that regard. 🙂