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Jack Carson: Boob for All Seasons

Coincidentally, the webmaster of this nice Jack Carson tribute site sent me a link the day after I watched one of his movies broadcast on TCM. Carson was one of the most underrated performers of the ’40s and ’50s. He excelled in portraying doofy yet appealing know-it-alls, jocular guys who settled into careers of seedy salesmanship (like the used car dealer he played in a Twilight Zone episode). He brought a lot of heart and humanity to his work and was even sexy in an offbeat way. For prime Carson, check him out in Mildred Pierce or the tasty 1943 Ida Lupino vehicle The Hard Way.

By the way, the movie I watched was One More Tomorrow, a glossy yet turgid Warner Bros. melodrama from 1946. Carson stars alongside Dennis Morgan, Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith and Jane Wyman. Not one of his better flicks — but it does have a few witty lines, the ladies are decked out in some gorgeous gowns, and ‘ol Jack is his usual funny self.

4 Thoughts on “Jack Carson: Boob for All Seasons

  1. Tasty is the very word to describe the The Hard Way, and Carson is at his best in it.

  2. “There’s something about the sound of my own voice that fascinates me.” That line of Carson’s in Mildred Pierce never fails to break me up.

  3. Cristiane on August 4, 2006 at 4:24 pm said:

    He should have gotten an Oscar nomination for The Hard Way. A genuinely tragic figure.

  4. michael boyle on July 14, 2009 at 9:22 pm said:

    I would rank Jack Carson at the top of any film star list.

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