Character Comics Support MGM Youth in Faithful In My Fashion (1946)
Metro's dose of silly, released the same season
as Cinderella Jones, which just shows how pervasive such stuff was in a market
where ticket buyers voted loudest for comedies, never mind the being funny part.
Loving couple here is Donna Reed and Tom Drake, neither gifted at farce, but
pretty to frame in close-up, and grace fan pages. Believe it or don't, but many kept scrapbooks devoted to Tom Drake, some going to Ebay after
passing of admirer(s). There's pathos in that, especially considering Drake himself ended up
selling used cars down the boulevard from Metro (note Tom's message on the poster at left: Thanks for the fan letters). More than looks was needed to
sustain, even at glamour-vested Leo. Donna Reed lasted for improving with time.
Pair-off comedies like Faithful In My Fashion make us realize value of
old-timers in support: Edward EverettHorton, Spring Byington, Harry Davenport,
and Margaret Hamilton must have known they were the whole show, no matter their
down-list billing. Given time-travel back to work in movies, I'd prefer life of
a character player, next to absolute studio monarch, of course.