Happy Birthday Loretta Young — Watch Three Of Her Films: “Along Came Jones,” “Eternally Yours” And “The Stranger”


January 6, 2016 — Loretta Young was one of the most successful actresses during the Golden Age of Hollywood. She began working at the age of 4 (she was born in 1913); her beauty and ambition were a formidable combination and she would rarely be out of the public’s eye until her retirement in the 1960s.

She was considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses in the movies during her heyday in the 1930s (during which decade she was voted “America’s Sweetheart”) and well into the 1940s.  

Young would win an Academy Award in 1947 for the movie The Farmer’s Daughter, and would be nominated for another for her role in Come to the Stable.

She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for her work in the movies and one for her television work which included the immensely popular The Loretta Young Show (which ran for eight seasons, from 1953 to 1961).

In her career she would work opposite almost every big male star in Hollywood including Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Orson Welles, David Niven, Gary Cooper, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore, Ronald Coleman, Don Ameche and Joseph Cotton. 

Despite her image as one of Hollywood’s sweet innocents, Young was involved in one of Hollywood’s greatest scandals — and one to which she would not admit until 1999, just before her death. While working on The Call of the Wild with Clark Gable in 1935, Young had an affair with her leading man. He was married and there was no possibility of divorce (Young was a fervent Roman Catholic). So when Young got pregnant by Gable, she went away and came back with an “adopted” daughter whom she named Judith.

The daughter would later write a book, claiming that she knew that Gable was her father. He would never acknowledge her and her mother would not speak with Judith for months after the book was published.

Among Young’s best-known films: The Christmas perennial The Bishop’s Wife, with Cary Grant and David Niven; the sweeping historical epic Suez with Tyrone Power; the immensely successful biography The Story of Alexander Graham Bell with Don Ameche; and Rachel and the Stranger, a Western in which she starred opposite both William Holden and Robert Mitchum. She was known to have an aversion to swearing, and on-set she would insist that those cast members who swore in her presence deposit money in a swear box. Both Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Mitchum would stuff the box ahead of time, explaining to Young that this way they could be sure they were covered.

Celebrate the birthday of one of Hollywood’s most popular stars with three of her movies: Along Came Jones, a comic Western which stars Gary Cooper (Meet John Doe, A Farewell to Arms) as the slow-talking cowboy Melody Jones; Eternally Yours, a romantic comedy that co-stars David Niven (Around the World in Eighty Days, Happy Go Lovely) and The Stranger, a classic (and spine-chilling) film noir directed by and co-starring Orson Welles (Citizen KaneThe Paris Interviewwith Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar, Scarlet Street) in a part only he could have played.
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