Maureen O'Hara dressed as La Esmeralda who she played in the movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939).
MAUREEN O'HARA in LADY GODIVA OF COVENTRY (1955)
dir. Arthur Lubin
Dance, Girl, Dance (Arzner, 1940)
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) directed by Dorothy Arzner
Just some gifs of Esmeralda dancing.
Which one is your favourite?
2. Gina Lollobrigida (The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1956)
3. Lesley-Anne Down (The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1982)
Sadly,i’ve hit the image/gif limit.So,i’ll make another post where i’ll put the rest of Esme’s dances.
Also,sorry if there are some interpretations missing.
It’s beacuse i couldn’t find any gifs for them.
It’s a bold one you are! Who gave you leave to be kissin’ me?
MAUREEN O’HARA as Mary Kate Danaher in THE QUIET MAN (1952)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Original master of the side-eye, Natalie Wood stars in this holiday classic. I honestly believed that I didn’t care much for this film. I thought it was a bit too serious for my taste. I mean, what’s Christmas without Jack Skellington? But I re-watched Miracle for this blog series and I kept my side eye on Miss Natalie Wood, 5th billed but obviously the focus and the star. If you can change an 8-year-old’s mind - you can do anything.
Natalie plays the child of divorced parents whose mother is convinced her daughter should have no fantasy life. Not for any religious reasons, like when my son’s aunt told him there was no Santa because she felt it detracted from the true meaning of Christmas. By the way he is 32 now and he still has not forgiven her for that and we still don’t celebrate Christmas in that way. But back to the movie at hand…
No, not for religious reasons, the mother (Maureen O’Hara) just didn’t want her daughter to believe in things that aren’t real.
What transpires from there are court proceedings to determine if the man they hired as the Macy’s Santa should be committed to an institution. See? Serious, right?
Edmund Gwenn plays the man on trial for his sanity. Is he Kris Kringle, or a delusional mental case? Gwenn won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Father Christmas. He is good. He’s sweet and not too creepy for a man that wants little kids to sit on his lap. Not many people can pull that off, even if they’re wearing a Santa suit.
By all accounts, the mood on the set of this film was very happy. No one knew they were filming a classic and they were just having a good time. Natalie was sweet and had a good rapport with her co-stars. She was simultaneously filming Miracle and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Being jetted from set to set, changing from period costume into pig tails. And, by all accounts, she loved every minute of it. I am not reviewing Mrs Muir for this series because Natalie’s part is very small and I absolutely hate that movie, even though it has the beautiful Gene Tierney playing her mom. I really hate the storyline. It’s super dumb (spoiler alert, you have to wait until you are dead to have romantic happiness). Blarg.
At any rate, Miracle on 34th Street cemented Natalie into child stardom. She would have to work hard her entire childhood and adolescence to maintain her status and then work even harder to break free from it.
But - back to the film review. I gotta be honest. It’s June now, not even close to the holiday season. I watched Miracle a month or two ago, during a pandemic, and I cried over the God-Damn-Christmas miracle. Schmaltz.
I guess I’m a sucker for Christmas after all. Or maybe I just want to see a happy ending once in a while.
John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952)
Maureen O'Hara: former Dark Angel of Hope Story Mode
QUEENS OF THE SILVER SCREEN
Part 6: Maureen O’Hara