No way would I let this day pass (4/17/18) without dropping a line to acknowledge the 100th birthday of one of my favorite actors – William Holden.
In the ten plus years I have been working on this blog, I have had occasion to write about some of my favorite Holden films:
- Happy Belated Birthday Bill Holden
- Tuesday’s Overlooked Film: Apartment for Peggy
- Films Set in the Nation’s Capital (brief mention of Born Yesterday)
At the risk of being repetitive, I am going to go ahead and mention films which are essential viewing featuring the Golden Boy.
Our Town (1940): Here Holden is in true cinnamon roll form. Made a year after his first screen credit (Golden Boy), this adaptation of the Thornton Wilder portrays Holden as the wide-eyed small town fella I imagine him to be if he remained in his birthplace of O’Fallon, Illinois (he was raised in Pasadena, California from the age of three).