Who is the most dapper/charming/handsome actor who worked in films from the ’30s and ’40s?
although you would normally associate him with the 1920s… Dr Caligari, the stuff..
in my opinion it is Clark Gable.
Grant would be an obvious choice but he had no grit about him. He was not much of a man’s man.
Bogart had grit too but he was ugly. Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda (both fine actors) had the sex appeal of a snail.
The hottest girl of the day was Dietrich.
Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power.
If you want dapper, charming and handsome, then Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is the man for the job.
Gene Kelly, for the win.
I’m tempted to try to go out of the box, but I can’t think of a better answer than the obvious one – Cary Grant.
William Bendix and Broderick Crawford
Conrad Veit? Charming? Dapper? Alright, point taken. I would say he’s more…beautiful than handsome.
Agree with Grant. C’mon, the guy could do anything.
Grant is the definition of suave and sophisticated. Fred Astaire fits the bill on the dance floor on screen, but Grant gave pizzazz to every part he played. Only Carole Lombard could match him in this, and tragically died before the 40’s had gotten very far. Some of the names mentioned above were more known as stars of the 40’s and 50’s, than 30’s and 40’s, but that’s beside the point. Grant was still active well into those periods, and beyond.
And the winner is…
You are right RLS…He was the shit.
Dapper and charming notwithstanding, the most talented actor would have been Paul Muni.
My playboy millionaire banking heir must be dapper, charming and handsome. I’m a choosy working-girl divorcee gold-digger, after all.
My vote is for Errol Flynn
i think you;s guys need to remember who Cary got his persona from: which includes the director Leo McCarey and yes in the 40’s but more importantly teh 50;s Grant was the man but the question was the 1930’s/40’s and sorry our bristolian Mr Grant doesn’t feature – these others do-
the most dapper/ handsome/ charasmatic- Gary Cooper – the most sophisticated – William Powell – others include other great stars – Lesley Howard, Ronald Colman – Robert Donat , Herbert Marshall and of course dear Freddie Astaire who didn’t need to dance to have class
and before you disagree RLS – please watch the pre Mr Deeds films of Coop or the photo’s ok modelled by Countess di Frasso but – he was the genuine article – Cary in the 30’s wasn’t- with the exception of one or maybe two films [Awful Truth] which he was superb and without equal – but i found Jean Arthur’s comments on Grant interesting and have to say they did influence my thoughts- as for Errol – interesting, lot of class – knew how to dress but then so did ex Army gents Ray Milland and David Niven – who was the personification of sophistication
sorry cannae get Paul Muni – barnstorming actor yea, but i would play Frederic March against that over the top performing – or possibly Spence
I got to stand less than 10 feet away from Cary Grant, so how ’bout that? (-:
The story: in his much older days, he came to my University to give chats along with the book he had published. This would’ve been in 1983.
By this time he had white hair and wore the hornrimmed glasses..
For whatever reason, he chose to have his chat with students in a green little foresty glen on the campus. I walked right by him— on my way to class— and sort of disrupted his conversation (whoops!)..
Joel McCrea, although I’m not sure he was exactly any of the three things you mention. But for masculine charisma, him.
Gary Cooper for sure. In his 30s Lubitsch comedies – I’m thinking Design for Living and Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife, pretty hard to top.
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i’m not only straight but dogmatically homophobic and even i wanted to suck dude’s dick after watching THE THIN MAN