Thursday, April 23, 2009

Oscar Wilde

It is Oscar Wilde you asked for, and it is Oscar Wilde you get. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish Poet and Playwright. He is pictured here is 1882. Now guys, listen up, we learned something important this week. If you were thinking about becoming a cage fighter to impress the ladies, you are wasting your time. If you don't learn anything else from me, your time here will not have been wasted. Forget your dreams of victory in the Octagon. It wont impress them. I have two words for you . . . violin lessons. Learn to play the violin. Then get a big overcoat, but when you wear it, don't put your arms in the sleeves . . . wear the coat like a cape. Get a hat and then practice having a disinterested look on your face. From what we learned yesterday, this pretty much should do the trick.

31 comments:

  1. Oh a troubled bad boy that just needed some understanding. *G* Shame he wasn't batting on our side of the team.

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  2. Maybe a little Valentino would be of interest to the ladies...

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  3. cowboys cowboys and more cowboys!!!

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  4. Yes, Valentino would definitely make my heart "flutter"!

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  5. Valentino! Great eye candy but couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. And he was rumored to bat on Wilde's team.

    How about Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.? In his 'Thief of Bagdad' costume? Hmmmmm?

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  6. Or what about Ronald Coleman? He was great in the movie "Tale of Two Cities". Looking at photos of him does more than make my heart flutter!

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  7. I don't know if there is an age limit on these pictures, but I would love to look at some young John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, or Kirk Douglas. :-)

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  8. Haha, I LOVE Oscar Wilde, (and I really enjoyed your tips in regards to yesterday's picture, btw) but I don't think he'd love me unless I magically turned into another man.

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  9. I am suprised at the comments from the young ladies here today. It seems women are only interested in our looks and not our minds.

    We learn a new lesson every day.

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  10. PJM:

    WHAT'S THIS????

    scar Wilde was gay, everyone knows THAT.

    As a matter of fact, once every couple of months I go to "Gay Bingo" with a bunch of my girlfriends, here in Providence. It's a lot of fun, and a lot of straight people go to.

    All of the money raised goes to AIDs charities, and the MC is a drag queen.

    My husband comes, too, it's a riot. Anyway, they have an entire bingo game named after Oscar Wilde, hahaha.

    As usual, Heather and I are on the same page. Valentino, Ronald Coleman, Fairbanks, all yummy.

    My father told me that Valentino was bisexual. That was his era.

    But . . . Burt Lancaster, Cary Grant, and Humphrey Bogart are my all-time favorites.

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  11. PJM:

    WHAT'S THIS????

    Oscar Wilde was gay, everyone knows THAT.

    As a matter of fact, once every couple of months I go to "Gay Bingo" with a bunch of my girlfriends, here in Providence. It's a lot of fun, and a lot of straight people go to.

    All of the money raised goes to AIDs charities, and the MC is a drag queen.

    My husband comes, too sometimes, it's a riot. Anyway, they have an entire bingo game named after Oscar Wilde, hahaha.

    As usual, Heather and I are on the same page. Valentino, Ronald Coleman, Fairbanks, all yummy.

    My father told me that Valentino was bisexual. That was his era.

    But . . . Burt Lancaster, Cary Grant, and Humphrey Bogart are my all-time favorites.

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  12. Oh God! Burt Lancaster!

    << gasp, pant, drool >>

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  13. Marie:

    Yeah, I know what you mean.

    I LOVED Burt. He had a great physique, and those EYES.

    Actually, he was a gymnast and a trapeze performer before becoming an actor.

    He was always good at playing tortured characters. My favorit movies of his are The Professionals (with Jack Palance), The Rainmaker, Judgement at Nuremburg, Separate Tables, The Train, The Rose Tatto, and of course, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.

    That scene with Deborah Kerr on the beach is iconic and has been imitated but NEVER equaled.

    And of course, who can forget Burt on the roof of the barracks during the attack shouting orders and shooting at the Japanese bombers with that machine gun!!!!

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT

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  14. Marie:

    the previous post was me. i can't type today.

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  15. Lancaster was also a smart, smart man. He started his own movie company, took on challenging roles, such as Elmer Gantry and Birdman of Alcatraz. He called himself "bookish". Hey! Looks AND brains! My kind of guy!

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  16. Marie:

    I agree. Did you ever see his performance in "Come Back Little Sheba - 1952" with Shirley Booth?

    A very depressing film (based ont the play by William Inge), but a fabulous and heart-rending performance by Burt.

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  17. SmartGirl1953, I missed that film. I'll have to put that on my Netflix queue.

    I liked Lancaster in 'The Train', directed by John Frankenheimer. This film was based on the 1946 film La Bataille du rail (The Battle of the Rails) which was commissioned by the Associations of the Resistance. La Bataille du rail tells of the efforts of French railroad engineers to thwart German troop trains between the Normandy landing and the liberation of Paris. My mother was in the resistance in Belgium. So many of the incidents in The Train resonate with me and remind me of stories she told me of her experiences under Nazi occupation.

    Lancaster plays a man who is not that smart, loves his trains, and hates the Nazis. The resentment simply radiates off him. Great acting job.

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  18. Marie:

    I liked Burt in "The Train" too. That was one of my mother's favorite films, she always liked Burt, too. (She just passed away two weeks ago.)

    Anyway, "Come Back Little Sheba" is a very poignant and depressing, but worthwhile film. Burt is fabulous in it.

    Another (and lighter) Lancaster favorite of mine is The Professionals, which was made in 1966.
    I generally don't like many westerns, but this one is good.

    It was one of my mother's favorites, too.

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  19. That's me again. I'm too tired to type.

    I think I'd better quit before I make any more mistakes.

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  20. SmartGirl1953, my condolences on your loss. My mom passed last July, so I know how hard this time must be for you.

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  21. I like PJM's obscure picks. Learning about the man can nurture the appeal.

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  22. I've been watching this blog but I have never had the opportunity of posting a comment. I am obsessed by old photos and your site is marvellous to me.

    But this time, I want to thank you for this wondeful picture of Oscar Wilde.

    First duty in life is to assume a pose. What the second duty is, nobody has yet found out.

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  23. Marie:

    Thank you for your kind thoughts.

    My mother was 90 and she had been sick for a while, but it's still difficult. I had taken care of her for the past five years, I'm glad I did it.

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  24. Oscar Wilde - hardly heart throb material but a very interesting man! Everytime I see him I think of tunes from Gilbert & Sullivan's "Patience".
    Also agree that Burt Lancaster is the hunkiest of hunks. But the theme is supposed to be people in their prime long before those cinema legends. If Burt Lancaster had been an actor in the 19th century there simply wouldn't be barechested cheesecake pictures of him. He would have been in those tights like John L Sullivan in his acrobat days, and then in his actor's prime, an overcoat and homburg hat like Ysaye.

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  25. I love Oscar Wilde, but I never understood the point of being physically attracted to gay men in general if you're not a gay man. It doesn't get you "anywhere".

    All that aside and back to Oscar Wilde, he was horribly persecuted, an awful thing.

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  26. That's exactly how I got my wife to marry me. Mostly the disinterested attitude I had in everything. WORKED LIKE AN EFFING CHARM.

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  27. Interesting choice for ladies week. When I visited his grave site it was covered in lipstick kisses, (yes woman really did kiss his head stone) so (although gay) he must be a heart throb cause he still gets the ladies even though he's deceased. A photo of the kisses for Oscar Wilde.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/12206232@N03/3478345076/

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  28. If you venture to London and stay at the Cadogan Hotel you can book the Oscar Wilde suite, so named because it was the very same room that he was arrested in for "buggery!"

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