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Gary Who-per?

Last night, the Pirate and I watched Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, and the whole time, I thought "Wow, that leading man sure is handsome!" I'd never seen him before, and I couldn't think who he looked like. A little Gregory Peck-ish, a little Harry Connick, Jr.-ish. I kept wondering why I'd never seen him in anything else. The film was wonderful and as the credits rolled, I read the handsome stranger's name.


Gary Cooper is one of those names that everyone has heard, and I could have sworn prior to this point that, whenever the name "Gary Cooper" came up, I was able to pull up a mental picture of some bygone leading man. So, exactly who was I thinking of, since apparently it wasn't Gary Cooper? Cary Grant? No. Jackie Cooper? Hardly.

I could have sworn that I'd seen a Gary Cooper film at some point, but I couldn't ever recall having seen that face before. I looked at his role display page, only to find...nope. I've never seen a single Gary Cooper film ever. War films, westerns, Ernest Hemingway adaptations...everything I generally tend to avoid in film. I feel sort of cheated. But, how is it that I could know Gary Cooper's name, know of his existence, even *think* I've seen him, without actually having seen him? I've never seen a John Wayne film, but I certainly know what John Wayne looks like. I've never seen anything with Mr. T in it, but I know what he looks like as well.

The mind boggles.


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Feb. 19th, 2006 08:35 am (UTC)
If you enjoyed "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town", you might enjoy another Cooper film "Meet John Doe", also directed by Capra. It comes across as dated, perhaps, but what it says about community is particularly poignant and applicable in today's disconnected society.
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