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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Hugh MarloweThe first time I saw HUGH MARLOWE (1911-1982), born Hugh Herbert Hipple, was in All About Eve (1950). All About Eve was one of those gems I'd somehow missed in my youth and saw it later when my kids were entering their teens. In this film, Hugh Marlowe played this egotistical playright. He was very good, as was the rest of the cast. Later, I saw him in Monkey Business being scalped by Cary Grant (well, he was given a mohawk actually). I thought Marlowe was great as the jerk lawyer that I wanted to slap. Marlowe played many solemn educated men over the span of his career. He played leads, second leads and character parts. His most productive period was during the early 1950s. Now, that Twentieth Century Fox is releasing so many of their great films on DVD, I'm seeing more of Hugh Marlowe. He was one of their prominently featured actors. I hope you'll look for him.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)Haven't you seen The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)? In this wonderful sci-fi drama, Hugh Marlowe played the selfish fiance of Helen Benson played by Patricia Neal. Michael Rennie played Klaatu, an alien from outer space who came to Earth on a peace mission to encourage us to stop our usage of nuclear weapons. A key player in this story is Helen Benson's son Bobby who is played by Billy Gray. It's a wonderful film.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

All About Eve (1950) He played Lloyd Richards.
Monkey Business (1952) [aka: Be Your Age; Howard Hawks' Monkey Business (USA: complete title)] He played Hank Entwhistle and he deserved that Mohawk.
Come to the Stable (1949) He played Robert Masen.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) He played Col. Darly.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Thurs, Aug 17, 2006 / 09:54:28 PST


  • Hugh Marlowe was one of those rare actors you always turned in a solid performance no matter what role the stdio handed him. The movie I admire him for most is "Twelve O'Clock High" in which he plays Lt. Colonel Ben Gately, Gregory Peck's whipping boy. While Dean Jagger won the Oscar (deservedly so) for his clever portrayal of Major Stovall, it was Hugh Marlowe who turned a difficult part into a realistic, gripping character the movie viewer ended up caring about greatly. His performance is one of the true strengths of this movie as he forces the audience to understand the turmoil he endures as one of the most hated men in Peck's squadron. Marlowe does it quietly and director Henry King wisely keeps the camera back when Colonel Gately finally gets his commander to understand the true sacrifice he's made and the pain he has kept inside him.

    Many thanks to your thoughtful, excellent rendition of his career. I'm grateful that your blog has given Hugh Marlowe the attention he richly deserves.

    By Blogger 191 Movies, at Wed Oct 27, 09:59:00 AM PDT