Cortez Part IV: Leading Ladies and Marriage to Tragic Drug-Addicted Wife

138 days ago | Alt Film Guide

Ricardo Cortez in 'Ten Cents a Dance,' with Barbara Stanwyck. No matter how unthankful the role, whether hero or heel – or, not infrequently, a combination of both – Cortez left his bedroom-eyed, mellifluous-voiced imprint in his pre-Production Code talkies. Besides Barbara Stanwyck, during the 1920s and 1930s Cortez made love to and/or life difficult for, a whole array of leading ladies of that era, including Bebe Daniels, Gloria Swanson, Betty Compson, Betty Bronson, Greta Garbo, Florence Vidor, Claudette Colbert, Mary Astor, Kay Francis, Joan Crawford, Irene Dunne, Joan Blondell, and Loretta Young*. (See previous post: “Ricardo Cortez Q&A: From Latin Lover to Multiethnic Heel.”) Not long after the coming of sound, Ricardo Cortez was mostly relegated to playing subordinate roles to his leading ladies – e.g., Kay Francis, Irene Dunne, Claudette Colbert – or leads in “bottom half of the double bill” programmers at Warner Bros. or on loan to other studios. Would

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Movies & TV

Ten Cents a Dance (1931)
Show Boat (1936)
Off screen (2005)
Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence (1939)
Inside Story (1939)
Chasing Danger (1939)
The Escape (1939)
City of Chance (1940)


Ricardo Cortez
Barbara Stanwyck
Bebe Daniels
Gloria Swanson
Betty Compson
Betty Bronson
Greta Garbo
Florence Vidor
Claudette Colbert
Mary Astor
Kay Francis
Joan Crawford
Irene Dunne
Joan Blondell
Loretta Young
Latin Lover
Jack Warner
Dorothy Mackaill
Lois Wilson
Jetta Goudal
Irene Rich
Greta Nissen
Virginia Lee Corbin
May McAvoy
Carol Dempster
Virginia Valli
Estelle Taylor
Barbara Bedford
María Corda
Claire Windsor
Carole Lombard
Dolores Del Rio
Ginger Rogers
Bette Davis
Helen Twelvetrees
Mae Clarke
Gail Patrick
Marjorie Weaver
Phyllis Brooks
Sally Eilers
Beverly Roberts
Virginia Bruce
Laraine Day
Lina Basquette
Kay Linaker
Alma Rubens
Victor Sjöström
John Gilbert
Harry A. Pollard
Henry King
Eleanor Boardman
Glenn Ford
Jean Rogers
Richard Conte
Dalton Trumbo
Michael Whalen
Preston Foster
Lynn Bari
Mary Beth Hughes
Florence Rice
Kent Taylor
Kane Richmond
Donald Woods
Henry Wilcoxon
Sol Wurtzel