(one installment in a quick series counting down from 50 to 26!)
LORETTA YOUNG INTHE FARMER’S DAUGHTER (1947)
The competition (me – 5 for 5!):
Joan Crawford in Possessed
Susan Hayward in Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman
Dorothy McGuire in Gentleman’s Agreement
Rosalind Russell in Mourning Becomes Electra
My roommate cannot stand Loretta Young (“Why the long face, Loretta?”), and so I naturally foisted this movie upon her the moment she’d finished her work for Winter Quarter. I’ll keep this short, as there’s really not much worth saying about this odd little movie about a Swedish immigrant who inadvertently works her way up from housemaid to a political clan to a candidate for the local congressional district. It’s easily one of the frothiest and unlikeliest roles to win the award (the only superlative for which it qualifies), and what there is of the acting gave the two of us plenty to roast. Loretta couldn’t be acting more coyly adorable (Claudette Colbert she ain’t), and the most joy we got out of the film was from how her accept kept caaahmeeng andeh going and coming baaahck agaaain. I don’t think Rosalind Russell, the odds-on favorite for Mourning Becomes Electra, was any better; instead I’d give it to Joan Crawford for Possessed and her quality portrayal of shoulder pads undermined by a dose of mental instability, and be well rid of 1947.