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- Carolyn Franklin
Not certain of the title of the film but that's close. I was struck by the beauty and delivery of this fine actress. I am an "old movie" buff. Loved them all my life. Don't watch anything much after 1950. Too hard to paw through them. But this lady is so beautiful. Her lines are do real. She is sensitive, sensible, direct, whimsical, and just a joy to watch. I thank TCM Archives for permitting me to watch this beautiful lady of movies from an era that will never return. There aren't the fine-tuned actresses and actors available today.
Ann Harding - Cinema's Gallant Lady
- Scott O'Brien
Ann Harding - Cinema's Gallant Lady (BearManor) is the only biography on this amazing talent. My interest in Ann began after I saw her in Devotion (1931) with Leslie Howard (an actor she respected and admired) and Peter Ibbetson (1935) with Gary Cooper. My other favorites include The Life of Vergie Winters, Animal Kingdom, Gallant Lady and Holiday. Ann didn't care much about being a celebrity -- her background in repertory influenced her view in the importance of the ensemble spirit. It shows in her work.
Ann Harding Beautiful Talented Lady 2013-26-12
For the first time a couple of months ago I saw Ann in Double Harness with William Powell. I became an instant fan. To my knowledge I had never seen her before or didn't realize how wonderful she was. She appeared in "Christmas Eve" two nights ago as an older woman. No end to her talent. I will always watch her when she is on TCM and use the reminder option that TCM has so graciously given us.
It is so refreshing to see people having intelligent conversations and the depth of beauty displayed by Ann Harding. There was no one like her. What a shame she was typecast and not offered more meaty roles.
Ann Harding: Elegant and Gorgeous
- Carl Schieffer
I saw Double Harness several years ago and was amazed that I had never heard of Ann Harding. She was easily one of the most beautiful actresses of the early 30's (the other most beautiful was Kay Francis). Her broadway experience is evident in her movements and her inflections. She also has a beautiful speaking voice. She had top billing with co-stars like Leslie Howard, Ronald Coleman, William Powell, Laurence Olivier, Basil Rathbone, Robert Montgomery, and Gary Cooper. With all the poor quality film and photography from the 30's she looks great. She is all you see when she is on the screen. I was able to find almost all of her movies from the early 30's when she was the star. Her movies starting in 1942 were minor roles or character parts. Trying to make her look like an old lady when she was 45 was laughable. In Nine Girls and the Janie movies she looked better that the college girls she was trying to chaperone. In Her Private Affair, Condemned, and Holiday, she was drop dead gorgeous. Holiday was done later with Kathryn Hepburn and Cary Grant, but it doesn't hold up as well as the original. Gallant Lady and The Life of Vergie Winters are two of my favorites. They are the ultimate in romances with very emotional scenes. Double Harness is the ultimate romance with a great dinner party scene and a happy ending. That one comes up on TCM farly regularly. Christmas Eve is a wonderful Christmas movie with Randolph Scott and George Raft. It Happened on 5th Avenue is also an excellent Christmas movie even though Ann is an elderly lady in both. Seeing Ann Harding play an old lady when she was a beautiful woman seems like a waste, but she was versatile. Catch some of the photos of Ann on the fan page and you can see how photogenic she was. She had too short a career because of typecasting, which happened to several stars from that era. But the movies are extremely watchable and you can appreciate a different way of telling a familiar story.
Ann Harding in When Ladies Meet
- Jan K
I've seen this several times (had to record it - the 30's version is not on DVD) and Harding's performace is always interesting and charming. She's an underrated actress in my opinion.
Ann Harding: Class Act
- Annie Laurie
I saw Miss Harding for the first time in Waterloo Bridge and When Ladies Meet. She was a fine actress, lovely, graceful and in my opinion, underrated as a talent. I recommend her films to any TCM wiewers who have never seen one you will really enjoy them.
Ann Harding and movies of that time era..
- Hank Rimmer
Having watched Ann Harding in Enchanted April and Double Harness, it amazes me that these two movies, and ones like Rafter Romance with Ginger Rogers, are not out on dvd. Of course I am and Old Timer, 69, but todays movies just do not meet the ones of the 30s and 40s as far as subject matter and acting that can be watched without hearing foul language or seeing overly sexual situations... Please keep us in touch when such movies as Double Harness are finally presented on dvd, and thank you for being the only tv site that we visit everyday!!!
ann harding... a class act
I have now seen Ann Harding in "Vergie Winters and Double Harness", and I find her to be both beautiful and hypnotic. I can't take my eyes off her. She is one of my new found favorites from the '30's.I'm sure I would have had a huge crush on her had I been around in those days.
I watched Ms Harding for the first time the other evening in "Double Harness". I was amazed at what a wonderful performance she gave in what could have been a typical "B" / 2nd billing movie. Hopefully, TMC will schedule more of her work so that more viewers will become fans of this "forgotten great".
quiet and timeless
On finishing "Enchanted April" I was truely amazed by not just the make-up of the movie, but the depth of Miss Harding character. If you really watch and obsorb her character, she will be dramic, sensitive, funny, sexy and wimsical. I so enjoyed the movie. Laura
A Forgotten Great!
Just saw Ann for the first time in "Double Harness" - what a performance! It's unfortunate that she was stuck in a lot of melodramas, but her acting is leagues beyond these scripts. If she had fought for better scripts like Davis and Hepburn did, she would certainly be up there with them.
Ann Harding - Timeless acting
Just saw Ann Harding in The Flame Within. Her style is natural, timeless. Here it is 71 years later... and her mannerism and tiny affectations seem to be drawn from our culture and issues today. What a great actress. I would like to see more! JC