1.18.2008

totally gay fridays: laird cregar

Hollywood character actor Laird Cregar had a brief career (1940-44), but is, nevertheless, as some folks assert, god. He managed to star as both Jack the Ripper in The Lodger and a composer driven into homicidal trances by "discordant sounds" in the wonderful Hangover Square, which I just saw and heartily recommend. The final scene of him playing the debut of his concerto (actually composed by Bernard Herrmann, who does all the film's music) as the concert hall burns down around him is fab. The also DVD includes a great Gregar biodoc. He struggled to become a leading man, including a massive weight loss program that contributed to his fatal heart attack at the young age of 28. Sad.

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