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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


Thomas Mitchell

THOMAS MITCHELL (1892-1962) was one of the great character actors of Hollywood's Golden Age. In 1939 he appeared in five films, each one considered a classic.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)Haven't you seen It's a Wonderful Life (1946)? Mitchell portrays George Bailey's befuddled Uncle Billy whose carelessness precipitates the film's main crisis.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Stagecoach (1939) Thomas Mitchell won the coveted Oscar for his portrayal of the philosophical drunk, Doc Boone.
Gone With The Wind (1939) It's no wonder film historians consider 1939 the greatest year in Hollywood history. Here Mitchell is Gerald O'Hara, master of Tara.
Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Mitchell is excellent as Clopin, King of the Beggers.
Only Angels Have Wings (1939) Mitchell again shines in Howard Hawk's great aviation drama, supporting Cary Grant and Jean Arthur. And he did at least one other movie this year, something called Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Wed, Oct 12, 2005 / 18:37:29 PDT

Academy Awards®
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1937 Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: THE HURRICANE
1939 Best Actor in a Supporting Role: STAGECOACH