“Gentlemen Are Born”

July 16, 2008

It’s 1934 and Charles is playing a small role in this First National Picture. He’ll play the lead in his next four films before playing an even smaller role in another Franchot Tone vehicle “One New York Night” (see blog entry).

Franchot Tone

Franchot Tone

This film follows four graduates during their first year out of college. The Jock, the Banker’s Son, the future Architect and the future Newsman. Franchot Tone (the 30’s Johnny Depp, IMHO) plays the aspiring newsman and he’s in love with Joan.

Charles plays Steven (already a Steve!) Hornblow, “the competition.” He’s “a stuffed shirt, lots of dough and sweet on Joan.”

He’s in six scenes, none of which last more than two minutes. He wears tailored suits, holds cocktail glasses, smokes, sits behind a desk and hangs on a gal’s arm. He’s much less the hunky fiance than could be expected from earlier, similar roles.

He also has a heart, giving the down-on-his-luck Jock a job.

Charley’s stand-out scene in this is a fiery speech to the Jock, urging him not “to be a quitter” and to “find yourself.”

“There’s always a job for a man in his field!”

Truer words, Charley. Who knew that your field was Movie Cowboy?