MCM: Robert Taylor
on Trystan L. Bass June 7, 2021 in Man Candy Monday
He didn’t intend to become an actor, but his good looks made it nigh impossible to resist getting an MGM contract in the 1930s. And Robert Taylor stuck with MGM through the 1950s, starring in many a frock flick as dashing soldiers, rugged cowboys, and valiant knights. You may not remember him now, but chances are he caught your favorite leading lady swooning in a classic black-and-white film!
‘Bow’ Timberlake in
The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
Based on a real person, Taylor’s character is part of a love-triangle with Joan Crawford’s character in this 1830s drama.
Armand Duval in
Working that widow’s peak!
Lieutenant Richard L. Perry in
This Is My Affair (1937)
A crime drama set during the McKinley administration.
Blake Cantrell in
Stand Up and Fight (1939)
Kind of a western but also a movie about slavery & plantations? IDK.
Roy Cronin in
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Supposedly set during WWI, but looks very WWII to me.
Billy Bonney in
Billy the Kid (1941)
One of his big westerns (he made a million & I’m not cataloging them all because the pix look the same!). I am intrigued by this cropped leather jacket though.
Ward Kinsman in
Also a western, but I like her not-very-1870s dress.
Lance Poole in
Devil’s Doorway (1950)
Robert Taylor plays a Shoshone Indian veteran here in “redface,” so not good. At least the
notes that “his is the only role that is not a stereotype” in this film. New York Times
Marcus Vinicius in
Quo Vadis (1951)
Ah yes, a classic sword-and-sandals epic!
These medieval-oid flicks are my favorite Robert Taylor movies!
Knights of the Round Table (1953)
I think it’s the goatee, plus, of course, I love this kind of costume even (especially?) when it’s not historically accurate.
Mark Brandon in
Valley of the Kings (1954)
Archaeologists in the 1900s (with costumes from the 1950s, lol!).
Bushrod Gentry in
Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
Western-ish — it’s supposedly set on the American Frontier of 1798.
Quentin Durward in
The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955)
My very favorite Taylor movie because it’s a fun, swash-buckling romp, plus that studded costume is da bomb!
Ben Wyatt in
Return of the Gunfighter (1966)
And, of course, another western, not long before Robert Taylor’s death in 1969.
What’s your favorite of Robert Taylor’s historical costume movie roles?
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Ivnhoe. These were movies I saw when I was a kid.
Yes! My mom must have been a Robert Taylor fan because as a kid I saw Ivanhoe, Knights of the Round Table, Quentin Durwood. Taylor sure was pretty.
Ah medieval Bullet bras. So classic!
I loved Ivanhoe also. But he had a voice that could make reading the phone book sound sexy!
Quo Vadis, Ivanhoe, Quentin Durward… these movies were amongst the first classic Hollywood movies I saw and they still do it for me!
I’m getting a Vincent Price vibe from that Quentin Durward photo. :)
I see that too! And you beat me to the post. Something in the eyes and brows, especially.
Completely agree! :)
Never heard of him before, but you’re right: He was VERY handsome and he starred opposite so many famous leading ladies (early in their careers based on what I can tell from the photos).
P.S. I NEED a tee shirt that says “The Gorgeous Hussy.”
Waterloo Bridge is one of the most heartbreaking movies I’ve ever seen. Robert Taylor is perfectly cast and it’s one of Vivien Leigh’s best performances.
Also, for the longest time all I knew him from was Camille, and that only because of the movie theater scene in Annie. I was so confused by that ending!
I was “meh” on his Westerns but loved Quo Vadis and Ivanhoe!
The man looked good in tights! 😁
Loved Camille and Waterloo Bridge. He aged well, didn’t he?