March 18th, 2012

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That was close!

Carole Lombard understandably tries to collect herself after a down-to-the-wire victory in the semifinals of the "Funny Ladies" division of the Silents/1930s bracket of the 2012 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney. The top-seeded Lombard had all she could handle, and more, from fourth seed Jean Arthur, who for a while appeared as if she was going to pull off the upset. But Carole regained the lead late Friday, held on throughout Saturday although never quite pulling away...and when the polls were closed, Lombard hung on for a tense 80-78 triumph.

This was the most epic match of the tourney to date. The 158 combined votes were the most of any match to date, though several other matches had similarly close margins (more on those later).

Next up for Carole, the "Funny Ladies" finals, where she'll take on second-seeded Myrna Loy. She disposed of another Jean (#3 seed Harlow) by a comparatively easy 78-58 margin which honestly wasn't that close.

In the other Silents/1930s bracket division from the past three days, it'll be top seed Irene Dunne against #3 seed (and former "Roberta" castmate) Ginger Rogers in the finals. Dunne continued stomping the competition, humbling #4 Jeanette MacDonald, 111-18, while Rogers routed #7 Hattie McDaniel, 85-42.

Looking at the other brackets:

"Funny Ladies/Girls Next Door"

#1 Rosalind Russell 79, #4 Jane Wyman 74
#2 Lucille Ball 68, #3 Eve Arden 66
#1 Judy Garland 58, #4 Betty Grable 54
#2 Rita Hayworth 59, #3 Ann Miller 40

Three super-tight matches (was Roz helped by a "home-blog advantage"?), as form held.

"Funny Ladies/Girls Next Door"

#5 Janet Leigh 63, #1 Judy Holliday 30
#2 Marilyn Monroe 51, #3 Thelma Ritter 48
#1 Doris Day 67, #4 Vera-Ellen 31
#2 Debbie Reynolds 57, #3 Cyd Charisse 40

Janet surprises Judy, Marilyn outlasts Thelma, and in "Singers/Dancers," sunny smiles overcome stunning legs (although Doris and Debbie are no slouches where gams are concerned).

"Funny Ladies/Girls Next Door"

#1 Natalie Wood 57, #5 Hayley Mills 29
#2 Jane Fonda 43, #3 Sandra Dee 39
#1 Julie Andrews 44, #4 Shirley Jones 41
#3 Ann-Margret 45, #2 Shirley MacLaine 41

Form held in three matches (two of them barely), and Shirley it was not to be in the "Singers/Dancers" division. (We hope MacLaine understands that this time she was not beaten by a tracheotomy.)

Here are the other divisional finals, resulting from matches earlier this week:
"They Had Faces"

#1 Greta Garbo vs. #6 Gloria Swanson
"Tough Broads And Pre-Code Babes"
#1 Barbara Stanwyck vs. #3 Joan Crawford


#3 Lauren Bacall vs. #5 Gene Tierney
"Drama Queens"
#1 Bette Davis vs. #6 Olivia de Havilland


#1 Grace Kelly vs. #2 Audrey Hepburn
"Drama Queens"
#1 Elizabeth Taylor vs. #3 Ava Gardner


#1 Jean Simmons vs. #6 Anne Bancroft
Drama Queens"
#3 Catherine Deneuve vs. #5 Susannah York

And rest assured -- after a brief breather, Carole will return to training. She knows Myrna is a worthy opponent.

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