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I love Old Hollywood.  The movies seem more carefree, more clever, and more romantic.  They sure don’t make films like those anymore!  My friend Julie and I were watching Teacher’s Pet with Clarke Gable and Doris Day recently, and this blog post popped into my mind.  Not only do they no make movies like Old Hollywood anymore, it  seems like the attractive qualities of those leading men have fallen by the wayside as of late.

Julie and I would like to bring back the “Old Hollywood Man,”  Or at least have guys take a few notes from Old Hollywood’s Most Attractive Men….

I picked 7 (I know they are way more!) gents that demonstrate very attractive traits that most guys don’t posses anymore, but should!  There were far more than 7 options, so I’m hoping for some great feedback from you!

THE PERFECT MAN 

Paul Newman

Paul Newman

 

Paul Newmon

Paul NewmonThe Perfect Man (Old Hollywood Style)

The perfect man would posses:

 1. Paul Newman’s looks- This man is the definition of dreamy.  From his sultry lips, his lean, toned body, and his blue, blue eyes, this man has the ability to make any lady swoon.

2. Howard Keels Boldness-  There is nothing more attractive than a man who goes after what he wants- especially when it comes to a lady.  Today’s society has created this passive, “sensitive” type of guy who, let’s face it, is wimpy!  What girl wants to convince a guy to date her- it’s so much better to be persued!  Now, Adam Pontipee may be a little barbaric with his “bless her beautiful hide” business, but it is attractive all the same!

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

3. Gene Kelly’s Moves- Every girl wants a guy who can sweep her off her feet, and I don’t think there’s anyone who can do it quite like Gene Kelly.  He makes

Shall we dance?

Shall we dance?

dancing look so athletic, so manly,  and dude, he can tap dance on roller skates!  (I love this clip because it’s so refined and show’s off Gabey shy character as he’s trying to win Miss Turnstyles)

Franky the Crooner

Franky the Crooner

4. Frank Sinatra’s Voice- The perfect man should have a crooners voice and Frank is just the man.  There’s something sensitive and gentle about his voice, and we all know a man who can sing goes up about 10 points in the attractive category!    (I just watched On the Town- so that’s why there’s another clip from it. )

Funny Guy Jerry Lewis

Funny Guy Jerry Lewis

5. Jerry Lewis humour- Let’s face it- there is nothing better than a guy who can make you laugh!  This clip is from one of my favourite movies, Cinderfella and it makes me wish Jerry was my fella!

The King of Cool- Steve McQueen

The King of Cool- Steve McQueen

6. Steve McQueen’s cool- There is something about Steve McQueen that is so sexy.  It’s his strong, yet cool, self that looks really good on a motorcycle and always seems to save the day. 

7. William Holden’s confidence- I don’t know what it is about

William goes after Audrey

William goes after Audrey

William, but whenever he’s on screen, he just commands attention.  He doesn’t need to talk, he just has this suave, self-assured nature about him.  Yes, he usually plays the cynical and sometimes playboy-like characters, but his versatility shines through and he always oozes confidence. 


So boys, do something that guys don’t do anymore.  Dance in the rain, sing her a song, or a even just learn a line from a movie!  Google it!

CLICK THE SPEECH BUBBLE- which old hollywood star or characteristics do you find attractive?

I grew up appreciating old movies.  My father loved to tape them (yes, tape- as in a VCR!) and my sister Meg and our friends Leanne and Karli joined us on many occasions on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy a classic movie musical.  On these musical journeys we found enjoyment, laughter and pure joy.  We became the characters; these movies took us to another place.  Just like a good musical should- they were created in times when the world needed a pick me up.

So, here are my Top Seven “Feel Good Movie Musicals.”  You should watch them, I promise they will add a little joy into your life. 

7.  Annie (1982).  This musical is so much fun- catchy tunes, great production numbers, Carol Burnett- what more could you ask for?

6.  7 Brides for 7 Brothers- I love this movie- it’s just so much fun.  I love the romance in this movie- it’s a little archaic- but that’s its charm- who else but Howard Keel can get away with singing, “Bless her Beautiful Hide!”? Nothing says fun like a good Barn Dance!  

5. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes- So I picked this one up at Stedman’s in Bancroft and was pleasantly surprised.  Love the “Madonna sequence” for Diamonds are a Girl’s Best friend, and the scene with Jane Russell and the guys working out in their nude coloured suits is just priceless! 

4.  Meet Me in St. Louis- My family totally relates to this movie- a house full of emotional girls?!  My favourite scene is Warren Schefield’s proposal- so romantic and strong.  He barges in.  “Rose Smith, we can’t go on like this any longer.  I have positively decided we are going to get married at the earliest opportunity and I don’t want to hear any arguments.”  Turns to go, but stops and points to Rose.  “I LOVE YOU!”  He states and storms off.  So manly.  Love it!  Also, I have  a thing for Judy Garland.  (Yay, Trolley Song!) 

3. Hairspray- this movie is just fun.  Catchy tunes, a great story, Zac Efron (swoon) and peppy dance numbers.  Couldn’t forget this one! 

2.   On the Town- we discovered this on a random Sunday and were so delighted.  This musical is just fun and silliness the whole time!  Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, and Gene Kelly did a whole bunch of fun musicals together (Take Me Out to the Ballgame is fun too!)  A much watch!  

1. Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)- The musical is loosely based on this movie.  Leanne and I found this randomly because we were too lazy to turn off the VCR and this was the next thing on the tape.  We were in a such a silly mood and were in tears watching this one.  Hilarious. 

Now go!  I’ve just shared with you the secret to eternal happiness (lol, or at least momentarily happiness!)  Enjoy!

CLICK the SPEECH BUBBLE above and tell us what other FEEL GOOD MOVIE MUSICALS you love!