Here's a thing I learned this weekend: Ruth Gordon was a screenwriter! Yes, the same Ruth Gordon that was Maude to her Harold and Minnie to her Rosemary. You'd think I'd have known this earlier, supposedly being a huge fan of hers, but I didn't. Just one more opportunity to prove my flopitude. FLOP.
Anyway she was a writer for both the stage and screen - The Actress, Adam's Rib, and the movie we're about to ruminate upon, 1952's The Marrying Kind, by George Cukor. Most of this stuff she co-wrote with her husband, Garson Kanin - who's from my hometown of Rochester, New York, holla! All this proves that I have got to read a biography of this woman immediately.
Alright so, that fun-fact given, let's get to the meat here. The big blond slab of beef that starred opposite Judy Holliday in The Marrying Kind that is: Mr. Aldo Ray. This was Ray's first film (well, his first film as "Aldo Ray" - IMDb has a couple credits for him earlier where he's credited as "Aldo DeRe" his real name) and the first film I've seen of his. I think he's best known for the supposedly crappy genre films he did at the end of his career in the 70s, but he worked steadily for 40 straight years. I was watching an interview with Quentin Tarantino about a month or so ago and Ray came up - Brad Pitt's character Aldo Raine's name in Inglorious Basterds is obviously an homage - and they showed a clip from this film... and well I think I burned a hole in the carpet, so quickly did I run to my computer to throw it onto the queue.
Worth it! That voice! And that... everything else. Here are some screen-caps from an odd little dream sequence in the middle of the film where Ray runs around in a tee and boxers and (marking their first time I've found them sexy, so good job Mr. Ray!) sock garters...