Since movies can’t survive on star power alone, the cinematic gods wisely gave us character actors. These familiar faces provide anything a film needs to move it along: comic relief, plot details, neighborly advice, menacing vibes.
Here are links to the many appreciations written for the blogathon.
Here is the link to Day 1 of the blogathon, hosted by Kellee Pratt.
Here is the link to Day 2 of the blogathon, hosted by Aurora Desmond.
But where was I to start? There are so many character actors who deserve to be brought out of the background and into the spotlight that it is difficult to pick just one.
But when I thought of my favorite character role in a movie and the talented actress who brought it to life, the choice was clear: Verna Felton. Here is her story.
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If I could own only one movie, it’s “Picnic.” I am easily swept up in the romance-filled 1956 Technicolor melodrama about a handsome drifter who disrupts lives in small-town Kansas. There’s so much to love about the film, but two things stand out: the iconic “dance” and Mrs. Potts.
On the surface, the sensual dance oozing with the chemistry of William Holden (as Hal) and Kim Novak (as Madge) seems to have nothing in common with the small role of the wholesome, matronly neighbor.
But “Picnic” is built on strong emotions and lives of quiet desperation. So while I may swoon eternally watching the blossoming romance of Hal and Madge, my feelings are even stronger for the plight of Mrs. Potts, touchingly played by Verna Felton.