Jeff Chandler was a sure fire leading man in most any genre during the 1950’s. From his Oscar nominated turn as Cochise in the 1950 western, Broken Arrow till his final screen appearance at just the age of 41 in Merrill’s Marauders released posthumously in 1962 following his death in ’61, Chandler fit the bill of leading man in most any genre he tried his hand at. From westerns to sword and sandal fun to romantic dramas and even pirate adventures, it’s hard to take your eyes off the prematurely grey haired leading man when he’s on camera.
I’m quite confident the ladies of the day found him irresistible to look at while the men of the day couldn’t help but admire his determination in the action adventures he quite often found himself in or the leading ladies he held in his arms. Jeff appeared opposite a who’s who list of leading ladies during his box-office run. Among them, Joan Crawford, Linda Darnell, Jan Sterling, Maureen O’Hara, Kim Novak and Jane Russell.
I’ve featured Chandler films here a number of times so feel free to look back at some of them.
On to the classic artwork.
“If a big wind comes, a tree must bend… or be lifted out by the roots. “
I’ve yet to see this one that put Jeff into the world of Noir.
Clearly a man of action in this 1951 release.
Chandler’s built for the ring and note that contract player’s name below the title.
A pair of adventures with the red haired beauty.
Add Marilyn Maxwell’s name to that list.
Facing off with Jack Palance in another title I’ve yet to see.
A pair of iconic leading ladies and Female On the Beach has to be seen to be truly appreciated. I say that with tongue firmly planted in cheek. It’s a wonderful exercise in camp.
Easily serving as Commander, ” I am the controlling factor aboard the Belinda. My ship’s going to set speed records every time she goes into action. The Belinda’s going to be the most efficient APA in the Pacific Fleet.”
And then came Miss Jeanne Crain.
“Venus De Milo the world’s most perfectly formed woman, and here you have her, not in cold marble but in flesh and blood”
At this pace it was inevitable that Chandler would be teamed opposite Lana Turner.
Rounding out the decade in the arms of Susan Hayward.
Another go around with Palance for director Robert Aldrich.
The final film …..
and fragile as it is here’s one of three Chandler titles tucked away here in the vault.