I’m shocked at myself that I’m participating in a Joan Crawford blogathon, as she’s not my favorite actress and I’m not fond of her, but I will say this- Joan Crawford is a good actress who earned her way to stardom- and she deserved it. She’s a fine performer and while I don’t like her on a personal level, professionally I say she is one of the greats and has far more talent than the silver screen actresses today.
Initially, I actually did not want to participate in this blogathon, as I mentioned already not a Joan fan- but- two things convinced me- one- the fact that Crystal (the wonderful hostess over at In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood) has become a good blogger friend of mine and two- Joan was the leading lady in the film Daisy Kenyon– which has been on my watch list for some time- as I love Henry Fonda and Dana Andrews.
Its kind of a funny story of how I came to view the movie- its not at my local library, not airing on TCM, and for a moment I was afraid I’d have to drop out of the blogathon- but by a stroke of luck I came across it on FX movie channel- the only thing being it was the last 15 min- I then frantically checked to see if it was airing again and I had luck on my side as it was airing again at about 5 in the morning- so all in all, it was just meant to be that I was to watch this film!!!
Daisy Kenyon (1947) is part melodrama, part film noir, and part woman’s drama. It stars two of the most handsome leading men of the day- Dana Andrews- who plays the married man- and Henry Fonda- a returned WWII veteran. And at the center is Joan Crawford as Daisy who is caught between the two men. The great thing about this picture is even though its a love triangle- all points of view are carefully looked at. Its not the “this one is more obvious” type of love triangle- and you really don’t know who Daisy will end up with. She has real feelings for both men and she doesn’t want to hurt either. Director Otto Preminger really makes you think hard about who would be the better match- and Daisy gets so caught up in making that decision that even she gets confused about it.
I personally couldn’t decide who I’d rather have her end up with- on the one hand you’ve got Dana Andrews who would be willing to divorce his wife for you (hey- worked with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward) and on the other you have Hank Fonda who is a widowed vet looking for a fresh start. Either way its a win as both men are just wonderful. I thought the ending was good- and justifiable- but part of me wonders what would have happened had she chosen the other man.
In the end, Daisy does make a decision (its like a 1940s Bachelorette but way more fun with no fake drama and way way way better looking men) and I encourage you all to watch. If I can watch and enjoy it not being a super big Joan Crawford fan than so can you. Joan was excellent in the part and I really could feel her frustration in wanting to make the right choice with the two men.
So I guess there’s only one question left- as to who will accept the final rose- I mean Daisy!
Daisy Kenyon is available on DVD- but If you want a Blu-Ray fear not, as it will be released on Nov. 16 from Kino Lorber. I myself will definitely be pre- ordering! (NOTE: If you do want to pre order, sadly It’s not up on amazon yet)