Freewheelin' Pilgrim

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MarkGable’s Super Special Gang

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Taking a leaf from my good pal, the dame to end all dames, Carole Irene, I decided to make my own “clique” of classic movie actors. Only we would be a gang, and not a sissy clique 😉
Apologies to Carole Irene for “politely pilfering” her original idea. Imitation is the finest form of flattery after all 😛

The Leader- Clark Gable

He wasn’t called “The King” for nothing! He had a natural dominance and a very imposing presence. The type of guy that would walk into a room and everyone would take notice. Apparently Gabe was quite adventurous in his schooldays, and this spirit of adventure carried on throughout his life. He dominated the Hollywood box office for years, so it’s only natural that he’d become the de facto leader of our little gang!

The Muscle- John Wayne

Being a gang of rough ‘n’ ready boys, we’d doubtless have encounters with rival gangs from the other side of town. So who better to back us up than the roughest, readiest fella of ’em all: The Duke. The guy was 6’4 and about 280lb of solid muscle and there are many anecdotes of The Duke flooring guys with a single punch. John Wayne would have our backs in any scrape! He’d also be the type who everyone is scared of when drunk 😉

The Pretty Boy- Cary Grant

 Even people who don’t like classic movies seem to know who Cary Grant is. And chances are if they’re female, they’ll talk about him with love-struck eyes. Girls my own age still think he’s “gorgeous”. So who else could fill the role of the group’s pretty boy, the one who always seems to have a different date every night and whose success with the opposite sex is guaranteed. Most of the gang will likely be jealous, and thus suspect Cary of being queer 😛

The Goody Goody- James Stewart

Jimmy Stewart was just so good! I’ve never heard of him ruffling anyone’s feathers, everyone adored him and he was just an all-round nice guy! He’d be the conscience of the group, always hovering behind us and offering advice. Can’t you just picture him as being the one saying “Gee whizz fellas, I’m uh, I’m not so sure that’s such a great idea!”? Others would think he’s a square, but all the gang would love him!

The Funny One- Bob Hope

 Bob Hope is the funniest man to draw breath. There I said it. Unlike modern comedians, Hope never railed against anything or anyone, he was never malign and he was consistently hilarious for 80 years. He’d be the class clown, always ready to offer a wise-crack in any situation. More importantly, as the Funny One, he’d be able to defuse tense situations with his perfect comic timing. Oh, and he’d keep us constantly clutching our sides!

The Over Dramatic One- Laurence Olivier

A lot of people consider Lord Olly to be the greatest actor ever. But anyone who has seen ANY of his films will know just how darn serious he was! It’s been said that if he smiled, parts of his face would crack and fall off. He seems more than qualified to be the one in any group that would bemoan the smallest of inconveniences, quote Shakespeare, and guilt trip the rest of the gang into attending all the school plays just to see him in it.

The Rebel- Errol Flynn

Forget all these pansy wannabes in today’s cinema, Errol was THE original Hollywood Bad boy! He took his swashbuckling roles straight from the screen and made them reality. Errol would be the one in the gang who brings along his father’s alcohol in his drink bottle to share during breaks. The one who sits at the back of the class drawing lewd pictures and shooting spitballs, and the one who suggests skipping gym and going behind the equipment shed to smoke cigarettes.

The Best Friend/Confidant- Spencer Tracy

There’s something about Spence that inspires trust. Sure, he had an affair for nigh 30 years, but, hey, he didn’t divorce his wife! Spence’d be the one who would be a bit of everything: Wild and rebellious, yet sensible, trustworthy and fun. He’d be the guy that everyone in the gang would consider their best friend and the one who would be everyone’s first stop when faced with a problem, and he’d be the one who you could always rely on.

Written by Gypo Nolan

February 28, 2011 at 4:55 am

Posted in Golden Age Stars, Humor