27 August 2018 | HotToastyRag
Tender, romantic powerhouse couple
If you don't know anything about newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst or silent film actress Marion Davies, you probably won't come across this tv biopic while you're trying to decide what to watch this evening. You wouldn't know what to look for! But if you did know what to look for, look no further than this lovely, adorable, sweet yet dramatic, well-acted love story starring Robert Mitchum and Virginia Madsen.
If you've been reading my reviews, you know how I feel about virile, studly actors being put out to pasture when they get old, and thankfully, Robert Mitchum's career didn't take that turn for a very long time. At sixty-eight years old-which, back then, was the equivalent to seventy-eight nowadays-he starred in two romantic films! In Reunion at Fairborough, he actually had a bedroom scene with Deborah Kerr, and in The Hearst and Davies Affair, he had beautifully tender scenes with twenty-four-year-old Virginia Madsen! A perfect choice to be cast as the powerful, magnetic mogul with a dashingly romantic side, it's easy to see why Virginia's character can't resist him, even though he's married.
Virginia looks beautiful in her wigs and 1920s dresses, designed by Dianne Cohoon. Fans of the golden age will love the sets and throwbacks to silent films, including Lorne Kennedy playing Charlie Chaplin. If you've already seen The Cat's Meow, rent this one for the bigger slice of the story. Plus, you'll get to see Robert Mitchum acting exactly the same as he did thirty years earlier: singing, dancing and romancing!