Monday, February 7, 2011

Great On Screen Couples: Barbara Stanwyck and William Holden.

William Holden, was so grateful to Barbara Stanwyck for her insistence on casting him in the film, Golden Boy (1939), his first big role, he sent her flowers every year on the anniversary of the first day of the filming.

Thirty-nine years later, when Holden and Stanwyck were joint presenters at the Academy Awards, he interrupted their reading of a nominee list to publicly thank her for saving his career.

Golden Boy(1939) Video: part 1 of 12.

Golden Boy(1939). Drama film based on the Clifford Odets play of the same name. It features William Holden in the role that made him a star: a promising violinist who wants to be a boxer. Barbara Stanwyck plays his love interest. The supporting cast: Lee J. Cobb and Adolphe Menjou.

Barbara Stanwyck and William Holden, reunited for the film, Executive Suite (1954). Drama. A film about power in a corporation in trouble. It was directed by Robert Wise. Based on the novel of the same name by Cameron Hawley. The cinematography was by George J. Folsey. It is one of the few Hollywood films with no musical score.


  1. I love Golden Boy. It's an amazing film and the story of how Babs insisted on casting Holden and his way of thanking her for years to come is wonderful. Another good couple choice Dawn.

  2. Thank you, Monty, I hope to later in the week watch Golden Boy, on you tube.


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