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  • Those EYES

    • Lynne
    • 2014-09-12

    I just viewed " Ten Cents a Dance" on TCM. The reason I went looking for Monroe Owsley online is those EYES! This guy.. Prince size though he was- had such burning EYES. He was type cast when he was a young man, relegated to playing what some have called: a SCHMO. He died as a result of a car accident. I wonder what would have become of his career had he lived? I think he did a great job opposite Babs.(what a DAME) Thanks to TCM, I found a place to look for and pay homage to a good, not great, actor. BTW, this man won KUDOS for his work on Broadway! I think its important to give credit where credit is due. As a local actor, I can tell you that you are only as good as the script you've been given. You walk a fine line when you try to embellish your role. You have to bear the people with whom you are interacting and the writer in mind. And, you don't want to be accused of overacting. No, Monroe did the best with what pre Code 1930 could provide him on film. I would have liked to see him on stage .At first, I thought that Owsley was the same actor that was found in the hold of a ship laughing maniacally in DRACULA. That Look must have been the look of the era, before he-men like Clark Gable appeared on the scene, or tall suave leading men like Cary Grant and Tyrone Power. Leading men in the 20s and early 30s all seemed to look like Monroe, looking eye to eye with the female love interest. In Ten Cents, it was hard for me to believe that in the Depression, a girl like Babs' character would prefer Owsley's character to "Mr. Carlton", aptly played by Ricardo Cortez who was usually type cast. He usually played a gangster or bad guy. His dark European/Hispanic look was sinister to the tastes of 1930s America. To think that Babs would prefer Monroe's pip squeak over Ricardo who is tall,good looking and RICH? But then, tall and dark must have been a bit unnerving to the fair women of the time. I will not spoil the ending.

  • I WISH HE HAD LIVED LONGER TO MAKE MORE MOVIES!

    • MARLENE RANTZ
    • 2012-03-17

    I HAVE SEEN MONROE OWSLEY IN TWO MOVIES: "THE KEYHOLE" AND "EX-LADY". HIS ROLES WERE SMALL, BUT HE WAS EXCELLENT IN BOTH OF THEM, AND HE MADE THE MOVIES A BIT MORE INTERESTING. I WISH HE HAD LARGER ROLES, AND I WISH HE HAD LIVED LONGER TO MAKE MORE MOVIES, BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, HE DIED IN 1937 AT A VERY YOUNG AGE.

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