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Preparing for more madness



Looks like Carole Lombard's getting herself in shape (in this image from the Mack Sennett silent "Run, Girl, Run"). What could it be for?

The answer: March Madness. No, Carole's not suiting up to join a basketball team; even if she was actually 5-foot-6 (the tallest Lombard listing during her lifetime) and in optimal physical shape, she'd probably be too small to be a Division I point guard today. No, this madness is a one-on-one event, and basketball's not part of the equation.

If you remember, last year Monty at "All Good Things" sponsored a classic actress tournament, and Lombard reached the finals of the silents/1930s division before losing to Irene Dunne. Another tournament is on the horizon, but this one will be bigger and better than its predecessor, featuring 128 star ladies from four categories -- silents/1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. There will be 32 in each group, further divided into four subcategories. Monty designed some banners for the event, but I'm going to borrow one from "A Mythical Monkey Writes About The Movies," one of four sites sponsoring the tourney...you can guess why.



"Mythical Monkey" will host the silents/'30s tourney, and Lombard is top-seeded in the "Funny Ladies" bracket; guess who she'll be facing in the first round?



That's right -- Gail Patrick. It's Irene vs. Cornelia, redux! (And if you think that's a catfight, wait till you see some of the other first-round matches.)

Others in the bracket:
#2 Myrna Loy vs. #7 Margaret Dumont
#3 Jean Harlow vs. #6 Marie Dressler (a "Dinner At Eight" replay!)
#4 Jean Arthur vs. #5 Margaret Sullavan

Other brackets in silents/'30s include:

"They Had Faces"
#1 Greta Garbo vs. #8 Anna May Wong
#2 Mary Pickford vs. #7 Janet Gaynor
#3 Lillian Gish vs. #6 Gloria Swanson
#4 Clara Bow vs. #5 Louise Brooks

"Tough Broads And Pre-Code Babes"
#1 Barbara Stanwyck vs. #8 Miriam Hopkins
#2 Marlene Dietrich vs. #7 Elsa Lanchester
#3 Joan Crawford vs. #6 Norma Shearer (that's right -- Crystal Allen vs Mary Haines of "The Women"!)
#4 Claudette Colbert vs. #5 Mary Astor

"Singers And Dancers"
#1 Irene Dunne vs. #8 Luise Rainer
#2 Shirley Temple vs. #7 Hattie McDaniel
#3 Ginger Rogers vs. #6 Joan Blondell (two "Gold Diggers Of 1933"!)
#4 Jeanette MacDonald vs. #5 Mae West (will it be the Paramount or MGM Jeanette who shows up?)

I see several '30s notables didn't make the cut here -- have they been sent off into the '40s competition, being hosted by "Rosalind Russell -- Dazzling Star"? Let's see:

"Sophisticates"
#1 Vivien Leigh vs. #8 Ruth Hussey
#2 Ingrid Bergman vs. #7 Loretta Young
#3 Lauren Bacall vs. #6 Ann Sheridan
#4 Greer Garson vs. #5 Gene Tierney

Drama Queens"
#1 Bette Davis vs. #8 Claire Trevor
#2 Katharine Hepburn vs. #7 Jane Greer
#3 Olivia de Havilland vs. #6 Ida Lupino
#4 Joan Fontaine vs. #5 Lana Turner

"Funny Ladies/Girls Next Door"
#1 Rosalind Russell vs. #8 Jeanne Crain (does Roz have a home-site advantage?)
#2 Lucille Ball vs. #7 Maureen O'Hara (red hair all over the place!)
#3 Eve Arden vs. #6 Teresa Wright
#4 Jane Wyman vs. #5 Donna Reed

"Singers/Dancers"
#1 Judy Garland vs. #8 Margaret O'Brien (this match is in St. Louis, right?)
#2 Rita Hayworth vs. #7 Hedy Lamarr
#3 Ann Miller vs. #6 Virginia Mayo
#4 Betty Grable vs. #5 June Allyson

Don't really think of some of them as singers or dancers, but...

Now on to the fabulous '50s tourney, held at "Noir & Chick Flicks."

"Sophisticates"
#1 Grace Kelly vs. #8 Rhonda Fleming
#2 Audrey Hepburn vs. #7 Dorothy Malone
#3 Deborah Kerr vs. #6 Kim Novak
#4 Sophia Loren vs. #5 Anne Francis

"Funny Ladies/Girls Next Door"
#1 Judy Holliday vs. #8 Pier Angeli
#2 Marilyn Monroe vs. #7 Joanne Woodward
#3 Thelma Ritter vs. #6 Eva Marie Saint
#4 Jayne Mansfield vs. #5 Janet Leigh

"Drama Queens"
#1 Elizabeth Taylor vs. #8 Shelley Winters (two from "A Place In The Sun")
#2 Susan Hayward vs. #7 Jennifer Jones
#3 Ava Gardner vs. #6 Gloria Grahame
#4 Anne Baxter vs. #5 Eleanor Parker (this could be interesting)

"Singers/Dancers"
#1 Doris Day vs. #8 Jane Russell (an intriguing match)
#2 Debbie Reynolds vs. #7 Jane Powell (two perky little blondes still with us)
#3 Cyd Charisse vs. #6 Dorothy Dandridge
#4 Vera-Ellen vs. #5 Leslie Caron

The final division features 1960s actresses, hosted by "All Good Things":

"Sophisticates"
#1 Jean Simmons vs. #8 Carol Lynley
#2 Faye Dunaway vs. #7 Vera Miles
#3 Romy Schneider vs. #6 Anne Bancroft
#4 Brigitte Bardot vs. #5 Claudia Cardinale (continental intrigue!)

"Funny Ladies/Girls Next Door"
#1 Natalie Wood vs. #8 Stella Stevens
#2 Jane Fonda vs. #7 Patty Duke
#3 Sandra Dee vs. #6 Glynis Johns
#4 Tuesday Weld vs. #5 Hayley Mills

"Drama Queens"
#1 Julie Christie vs. #8 Tippi Hedren
#2 Lee Remick vs. #7 Jean Seberg
#3 Catherine Deneuve vs. #6 Sharon Tate
#4 Liv Ullmann vs. #5 Susannah York

"Singers/Dancers"
#1 Julie Andrews vs. #8 Edie Adams
#2 Shirley MacLaine vs. #7 Jeanne Moreau
#3 Ann-Margret vs. #6 Raquel Welch (heat vs. heat!)
#4 Shirley Jones vs. #5 Rita Moreno

Adams is a late substitution for Anita Ekberg.

To help promote the event, a few banners from Monty...




...and two more from Mythical Monkey:



The URLs for the participating sites:
"Mythical Monkey": http://mythicalmonkey.blogspot.com
"Rosalind Russell -- Dazzling Star" (a terrific site, BTW): http://rosalind-russell.blogspot.com
"Noir & Chick Flicks": http://dawnschickflicks.blogspot.com
"All Good Things": http://poohtiger-allgoodthings.blogspot.com

For Monty's overall tourney selections, go to http://poohtiger-allgoodthings.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-final-four-picks-in-favorite-classic.html (let's just say I hope he's right).

Overall, a heckuva lineup, though from a '30s perspective, a few significant stars were left out -- Kay Francis, both Constance and Joan Bennett, Ann Harding, Ruth Chatterton. Had the silent-era actresses been shipped off to either their own bracket or left out entirely (I'm certainly not anti-silent, but those stars' appeal is altogether different from that of sound-era performers), '30s stars might have received a fairer shake.

Let the madness begin (as Carole continues to get herself in shape)!

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