As Roger Ebert once wrote, “Each film is only as good as its villain,” and “only a great villain can transform a good try into a triumph.” Those words can be applied to many movies throughout cinema history, but none more so than Billy Wilder’s The Apartment (1960) and its villain, J.D. “Jeff” Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray).
William Holden has become my favorite actor since I binge-watched seven of his movies for the Marathon Stars Blogathon this past March. I can’t get enough of the guy, so I was thrilled to have an opportunity to participate in this Golden Boy Blogathon dedicated to the actor. This time, I decided to tackle one of his lesser-known films, and a rather notorious one at that.
What I discovered about actor William Holden while watching seven of his movies, from Born Yesterday (1950) to Network (1976).
It’s no secret that director Frank Capra loved actors. From watching his films, we can see which actors he liked working with—and which actors liked working with him—because they kept appearing in his movies. One of those actors was Jean Arthur, who became his quintessential heroine while working with him on