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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!

[ Editor's Note: This is Steve's column from last week, which was unfortunately delayed by my absence. Please accept my apologies, and look for another TOQ post very soon! ]

Roddy McDowell - Hunk du Jour

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Rosalind Russell as Auntie Mame - Hunk du Jour

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Rosalind Russell has always had a special place in the hearts of gay movie fans. She starred in two of the greatest gay cult films, The Women (1939) and the legendary Auntie Mame (1958). It was in The Women that she first displayed her amazing comedic abilities. Director George Cukor hadn't considered using Russell, since she'd usually played second banana in big films and serious leads in "B" pictures. However, the ever-ambitious Russell challenged Cukor to give her a shot at comedy and campaigned vigorously for the part of the gossipy overbearing Sylvia Fowler. She prepared six different interpretations of the part and the last, being the most over the top and outrageous, was the one he chose.  Russell had misgivings about using this particular interpretation, fearing that her co-stars, Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer would murder her, never the less, this is what the director wanted and this is what he got. Her overwhelming success in the role led to her next main stream comedy, the classic His Girl Friday (1940) with Cary Grant, directed by Howard Hawks. Their comedy styles and timing blended perfectly and Russell was typecast as the "know-it-all-screwball for the next ten years, putting out a series of comedies where she usually dominated her leading man until the last reel, when she succumbed to his charms and agreed to "act like a woman, instead of a female." By the early 50's she was in her mid-40's and roles were hard to come by. The ever resourceful Roz, packed her bags and headed for Broadway, where she made a spectacular debut in Wonderful Town, the musical version of a movie she'd gotten an Oscar nomination for called; My Sister Eileen. She then gave a strong performance in a character part in the movie version of Picnic, before heading back to the Great White Way, where a play version of the popular novel Auntie Mame had been tailored specifically for her. It was a smash and was eventually sold as a package deal along with Russell to Warner Brothers. The movie version proved to be the biggest moneymaker of 1958 and snagged Roz her final Oscar nomination.



Rosalind Russell as Auntie Mame - Hunk du Jour

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Forrest Tucker - Hunk du Jour

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Aldo Ray - Hunk du Jour

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Cast as her main squeeze in the Auntie Mame was handsome Forrest Tucker, an affable fellow, who'd been doing supporting work in films for years and was known about town not so much for his talent, as for his massive endowment. Although straight, he would show up at gay director George Cukor's Sunday afternoon gay soirees and swim naked in the pool for the viewing pleasure of Cukor's famous gay guests who included W. Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward, Cecil Beaton and other assorted gay influential's in the art, literary and movie colonies. Tucker realized these men were important contacts and was one of many up and coming young studs who made an appearance in the altogether for the sake of their careers. Among them was handsome and hairy Aldo Ray, whom Cukor took a particular fancy to and cast him in the Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn vehicle Pat and Mike and The Marrying Kind with Judy Holliday. Other Hollywood notables who's legendary appendages where whispered about in various circles, were: Roddy McDowell, Humphrey Bogart, Charlie Chaplin, Milton Berle , Yul Brynner, Gary Cooper, George Raft and Johnny Weismuller. Several famous actors have been photographed in the nude from time to time early in their careers, among them Victor Mature and Burt Lancaster. These photos are not often verified and quite often tampered with, however they do offer an occasional "sneek peek" at some not-so-well kept secrets. 

Tab Hunter and Roddy McDowell - Wanna Weenie? - Hunk du Jour

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Burt Lancaster - Hunk du Jour
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Gary Cooper - Hunk du Jour
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Johnny Weismuller - Hunk du Jour
Pictured: Johnny Weismuller

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Victor Mature - Hunk du Jour
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Yul Brynner - Hunk du Jour
Pictured: Yul Brynner

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FILMS TO RENT:
HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1939) - IMDB - Netflix
PICNIC (1955) - IMDB - Netflix
GYPSY (1962) - IMDB - Netflix
THE TROUBLE WITH ANGELS (1966) - IMDB - Netflix

BOOKS:
LIFE IS A BANQUET by ROSALIND RUSSELL
HOLLYWOOD BABYLON by KENNETH ANGER

 
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