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Steve Hayes regales us each week with his dishy, funny, and informative classic movie recommendations as the Tired Old Queen at the Movies!

Robert Wagner only had two things going for him. He was talented and he was gorgeous. With those two handicaps, what else could he do but become a star? The term "Dreamboat" best describes Wagner in his early days in Hollywood. He was the fresh- faced kid who resembled your best friend's big brother you always had a crush on. He was also lucky. Early on he was noticed and eventually mentored by gay actor Clifton Webb. Webb made sure that he was seen by the most important people in the business and helped him secure parts in several widely seen and popular films at 20th Century Fox, among them: With A Song In My Heart (1952) with Susan Hayward, where his shell shocked soldier made him an instant sensation and two with Webb, Stars and Stripes Forever (1952) and Titanic (1953), the latter also starring Barbara Stanwyck, with whom he allegedly had an on-going "May/December" affair prior to his marriage to fledgling starlet Nathalie Wood.

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In the mid-1950's, two distinctive types of screen actor began to emerge, those who followed "The Method", such as Brando, Clift and Jimmy Dean and my personal favorites, the "Beefcake Boys", beautiful, young men who weren't necessarily known for their dramatic abilities, but simply for the fact that the camera loved them. They were gorgeous eye candy, whether posing shirtless in still photographs , in newsreels on the arm of the latest starlet, or on the big screen in Cinemascope and Technicolor. They weren't men, but pretty boys who knew they were pretty. Wagner, along with many others, came to personify the "Beefcake Boys" of the decade.

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Probably the first major discovery in this catagory was Guy Madison, who was spotted by Henry Willson, a talent scout working for producer David O. Selznick. Madison was literally plucked from the Navy yards and given an important cameo in Selznick's all-star tribute to the war effort and the women on the home front, Since You Went Away (1944). Playing a sailor, much like himself, the gorgeous and unselfconscious Madison was a sensation with both high school girls and gay men across the country, becoming a heartthrob overnight. Knowing a good thing when he saw it, Willson took Madison, left Selznick and set himself up as an agent specializing in this type of actor. Over the next decade, he was responsible for the careers of many of the fresh, young, pretty boys that littered the Hollywood landscape, both on the movie screens and in the newly popular medium of television. Willson was famous for changing the names of his clients to, what he considered, were more provocative and marketable monikers. Some of the actors who's names he altered included: Arthur Kelm (Tab Hunter), Orson Hungerford (Ty Hardin), Merle Johnson Jr. (Troy Donahue), Norman Walker (Clint Walker) and his most famous client, Roy Scherer Jr. (Rock Hudson).

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Willson discovered and pushed Rory Calhoun, who, fresh from a stint in jail, was instantly signed to a Fox Contract, after Willson had the dark and handsome jailbird photographed for maximum exposure with Lana Turner at various nightspots and premieres. Many of his clients, if not gay, were bi-sexual and proved to be the perfect escorts for the studio's starlet's who's mothers or agents wanted them to be seen but not "done". If they went out with a Henry Willson client, they could be assured that at the end of the evening, their daughters would arrive home safely with their virginity in tact. Willson was a slick operator and and expert at cleaning up messy situations. He was constantly on the look out for trouble. When, unexpectedly, he discovered two of his hottest male clients, going at it "hot and heavy" in the back of a car, he managed to keep it from getting back to the studio heads, the gossip columnists like Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons or the scandal rags such as "Confidential Magazine", who thrived on any inference of homosexuality as a means of unearthing a nasty scandal and ruining a career. It was Willson who forced Rock Hudson to marry his secretary when Confidential threatened to expose Hudson's homosexual lifestyle on the eve of his biggest success in George Steven's Giant (1956). Willson offered the magazine a sacrificial lamb and instead of an expose outing Hudson, had them reveal Rory Calhoun's history in the "hoosegow". As compensation for such damage control, Willson would often take his payment out in trade and it was a well-known fact that if Willson was your agent, he'd probably made a pass at you at one time or another. Weather or not you obliged, didn't matter. If you were a Willson client, you were gay by association. Although specializing in males, he did have a few females in the stable, among them Natalie Wood, who, as I mentioned earlier, married his one time client, Robert Wagner. Most of Willson's big clients including Wagner, eventually ditched him because of his seedy reputation. But with the advent of television with its western and detective shows, Willson was able to find employment for what was left of his stable. Shows like; Seventy Seven Sunset Strip, Cheyenne, Surf Side Six, Laramie, and a host of others kept his pretty boys busy for a number of years.

The popularity of the "Beefcake Boys" continues to this day with stars, like Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattison and Ryan Reynolds picking up where Tab, Troy and Bob Wagner left off and I for one, am a tired old queen who's very grateful.

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Rory Calhoun - Hunk du Jour
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Rory Calhoun - Hunk du Jour
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Rory Calhoun - Hunk du Jour
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Ty Hardin - Hunk du Jour
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Clint Walker - Hunk du Jour
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Troy Donahue - Hunk du Jour
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Rock Hudson - Hunk du Jour
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