Sunday, December 30, 2012
He was built to a scary extreme
Overfilled the frame, tearing a seam
A character actor
And star malefactor
To the hilt he played, Laird was supreme.
Actor Laird Cregar dwarfed co-stars Veronica Lake in This Gun For Hire (1942) and Merle Oberon in The Lodger (1944).
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Playing cops with a lot on their plate,
Acting chops and his weight were both great
Felt too wide, saw a diet
And decided to try it
But was stopped by the rottenest fate.
Top: Laird Cregar as creepy detective "Ed Cornell", in I Wake Up Screaming (1941). Title by outsized talent David Cairns. From wikipedia: "When assigned the role of demented pianist George Bone in Hangover Square (1945), Cregar decided to give the character a "romantic" veneer, and, to that end, lost more than a hundred pounds on a crash diet which included prescribed amphetamines. The strain on his system resulted in severe abdominal problems; a few days after undergoing stomach surgery, Cregar died of a heart attack. He was 31 years old." It was a tragic loss of a singular talent.
Friday, December 28, 2012
In your room the cop squats like a toad
In your boudoir, your private abode
Like a crook, when he chooses
Says he's looking for clueses
Then the gloomy old sot hits the road.
Laird Cregar physically dominates the early noir I Wake Up Screaming (Bruce Humberstone; 1941). With Victor Mature.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
He's a pest who presumes he's in charge
Though no guest, into rooms he will barge
Off the beam and obsessive,
He's extremely possessive
You're hard pressed, and he looms very large.
Betty Grable and the menacing shadow of Laird Cregar in I Wake Up Screaming (Bruce Humberstone; 1941). Cregar plays the very first in a long line of obsessed cops in film noir -- and does it brilliantly.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
For murder he's taking the blame
A model--the fall guy's old flame
A tough cop's aggression
and growing obsession
has fit the poor sap for the frame
H. Bruce Humberstone's I Wake Up Screaming (aka The Hot Spot, 41) is one of the earliest examples of film noir. It's based on a great novel by Steve Fisher, and stars Victor Mature, with a brilliant turn by Laird Cregar.
Time to wake up. The long noir nightmare at Limerwrecks is over...at least for now.
Friday, June 19, 2009
John Ford's My Darling Clementine
Have pity on Victor Mature
Most critics resist his allure
His best work by farfor Ford and in noir
are credits in films that endure
H. Bruce Humberstone's I wake Up Screaming