Best Actress' of the Golden Age @ NYPL

Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind DVD - 1999 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:This dynamic and durable screen entertainment of the Civil War-era South comes home David O. Selznick’s monumental production of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book can now enthrall new generations of home viewers with a majestic vibrance that befits one of Hollywood’s greatest achievements.

The Strawberry Blonde
The Strawberry Blonde DVD - 2008 DVD MOVIE S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Oscar-winner James Cagney stars as a dentist in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn who marries out of spite when his childhood sweetheart is betrothed to his rival. Believing he married the wrong woman, he changes his mind when he discovers his true feelings for his wife. Outstanding cast includes Oscar-winner Olivia De Havilland and Rita Hayworth.

Gilda DVD - 2000 DVD MOVIE G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:All film noirs need deceit, betrayal, dialogue hard as diamonds--and dames even harder than that. But Gilda is the only one with the dame front and center, and for good reason. Rita Hayworth shimmers in the 1946 classic, which spins on a tortured plot involving the title character (Hayworth); her imperious husband (George Macready), a ruthless casino owner and head of an Argentine tungsten cartel (!); and Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford), Gilda's ex-lover and now her husband's go-fer.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mr. & Mrs. Smith DVD - 2004 DVD MOVIE M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Ann (Lombard) and David Smith (Robert Montgomery) star as a wealthy Manhattan couple who engage in some prolonged marital squabbles because they have agreed to keep themselves locked up in their bedroom until the matters are resolved. Some battles have kept them holed up for over a week at a time. After making up from one of these fights, Ann asks David if given the chance to go back in time would he marry her again.

How to Marry A Millionaire
How to Marry A Millionaire DVD - 2001 DVD MOVIE H All copies in use Availability details Holds: 22

Annotation:A trio of female stars, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable. They play friends who come up with a plan to find and marry rich men. They rent a lavish penthouse and use it as their launching pad to lure men with money in the bank. But each eventually finds that love is more important that material possessions, though it takes a while.

I Wake up Screaming
I Wake up Screaming DVD - 2006 DVD MOVIE I and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 10

Annotation:A great surprise ending marks this film noir classic, filled with taut suspense. Starring Betty Grable in a change-of-pace role.

Casablanca DVD - 2003 DVD MOVIE C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you're wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one, especially Victor's wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart. Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more - personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance.

Rebecca DVD - 2008 DVD MOVIE R and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Rebecca is an ageless, timeless adult movie about a woman who marries a widower but fears she lives in the shadow of her predecessor. This was Hitchcock's first American feature, and it garnered the Best Picture statue at the 1941 Academy Awards.

Vixens, Floozies, and Molls
Vixens, Floozies, and Molls 28 Actresses of Late 1920s and 1930s Hollywood By Wollstein, Hans J. Book - 1999 927.9143 W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The floozy, the gangster’s moll, the nasty debutante: Most Hollywood actresses played at least one of these bad girls in the 1930s. Since censorship customarily demanded that goodness prevail, vixens were in mainly supporting roles—but the actresses who played them were often colorful scene stealers.

A Shared List by nypl_morris_park

Member of New York Public Library

Send nypl_morris_park a Message FollowFollow IgnoreIgnore Report This List


Who were your favorite leading actress of the 1930 and 40's? Do you remember where you were, when these movies came out? Enjoy some great films and reminisce about the past.