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Mom On the Movie Poster and More

For Mother’s Day it’s time to highlight the one who for most all of us is our first love. Is there a favorite on screen Mother that instantly comes to mind for you? Perhaps Piper Laurie? Hope not if you’re thinking the same role as I am. Even though she is unforgettable as Sissy Spacek’s Mother.

How about the celebrated Debbie Reynolds taking on Mothering duties for Albert Brooks? Brooks just loves to hear Mother Debbie tell him, “We’re not intimate dear. We just have sex occasionally. “

Miss Maureen O’Hara called John Candy her second favorite leading man next to Duke in this hilarious story of a confirmed bachelor living with his overbearing Mom who just might have found the right girl before life passes him by. Easily my favorite John Candy performance. “Just telling it like it is. “

Thank God for Stepmothers as well. Truthfully, Kim Basinger has nothing to do with this. We just don’t want to forget them on the big day.

Joan nailed down her only Oscar as Mother to Ann Blyth’s demanding Veda. “You look down on me, because I work for a living. Don’t you. “

The beautiful Marjorie Main takes on Mothering duties to 15 kids and Percy Kilbride’s Pa in this wonderful series of films about the Kettle clan. “Ya got to expect that when ya got 15 kids. “

How about a few other favorites that come to mind…..

Myrna Loy and Teresa Wright in The Best Years of Our Lives.

Kate and Jane.

Little Johnny having fun with Mother Maureen in the jungles on the MGM backlot.

Stanwyck is Oscar worthy opposite Anne Shirley in Stella Dallas.

Working his way to the top of the world, James Cagney and his Mom, Margaret Wycherly. She’ll protect her Cody to the very end. “I wouldn’t know much about the law, but I hear you got to have *witnesses* to make anything stand up in court. “

Winning an Oscar for her work in The Grapes of Wrath, Jane Darwell melts your heart as Henry Fonda’s Ma Joad.

I’m sure you have a favorite or two so please share. Had I gotten into television, I’m quite sure I could have added another dozen ladies here that visited our home regularly while growing up as we tuned in to their weekly shows.

If you’re new to Mike’s Take On The Movies, here’s a look back to a previous year when I more or less interviewed my own Mom about her memories of growing up in Nova Scotia, Canada and what she liked at the movies as a young girl.

Finally, sneaking in for a bit of fun and having absolutely nothing to do with Mother’s Day is the return of the Heston Cameo. Here Chuck takes the lead in……

 

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  1. I think Miss Crawford, both as Mildred Pierce and as portrayed in: ‘Mommie Dearest’ (a dreadful film, that turned her into a caricature), was a rotten example of a mother. In the former, she was indulgent to the point of blindness, whilst in the latter, she had no idea of how to bring up a child.

    I read the book when it came out, and in spite of what Miss Crawford’s champions may have to say, I believe the story to be true. (I ought here to tell you, that I love and admire Miss Crawford on the screen – and her work is at the last, all that really matters.)

    • No doubt Pierce is one of those films that an actor actress winds up identified with for the rest of their career and beyond. Sometimes it’s a good thing, others are not. Saw Mommie Dearest eons ago and forget most of it but of course know it’s reputation more than the film itself. In the end Joan was a “Star” of the first order and we can’t overlook that as you point out.

  2. The first ‘mother’ film that came to my mind was ‘Psycho’, but then I had an obscure thought: ‘Alien’. And then taking it in a different direction, ‘Aliens’. And of course, ‘Mother, Jugs & Speed’. But in the end, I’d have to go with the previous vote of any film starring Samuel Jackson.

    • I almost put a shot of Norman’s Mom in here taking a break in her rocker but didn’t want to play spoiler to the 5% of public who haven’t been exposed. As for Sammy, he has a way with words and next year he’s a no brainer.

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