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   StormCnter  This one may surprise you, as it did me. Who is this man, star of silent screen, talkies, radio, television and possessed of a mellifluous (finally, a chance to use that word ) voice.
   August 12 at 16:17 EST .

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   Gram77  This will perhaps get me kicked off the movie site but once again it's the nose that has me hooked. It this Errol Flynn?? I know, Gram has lost her marbles.
August 12 at 18:52 EST .

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   Richdet  "Mellifluous voice" pings my Ronald Colman radar. Among his silent movies was this western co-starring Gary Cooper, which was shown just last month during TCM's tribute to Colman as star of the month.

I doubt they would have cast Colman as a cowboy in a talkie, but that profile shows you why he became a popular leading man in the silents, emerging as a huge star in his first talkie "Bulldog Drummond," where the mellifluous voice made its debut.
August 12 at 22:49 EST .

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   StormCnter  He does look a bit like Errol Flynn, Gram, but, as Rich guesses, he is Ronald Colman. It is the western garb that makes the photo hard to pin on Colman. I have no idea why the elegant Brit would be acting the cowboy.
August 13 at 05:32 EST .

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   Gram77  Goodness, I would have never gotten this right! Good for Rich!
August 13 at 09:15 EST .

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   Richdet  It was noted here just recently that Colman was wounded during World War I. He came to attention in the silents playing soldiers and adventurers, and had good riding skills and did his own stunts. In other words, the Colman of silent movies wasn't the "elegant" Colman we think of. Talkies revealed his remarkable speaking voice, and a new Colman persona followed. If you read memoirs of young actors in the thirties, Colman was a big influence -- they all wanted to sound like him.

I checked my TCM guide for July for the title on his western movie -- it was called "The Winning of Barbara Worth," made in 1926, and was a hit movie, and established Gary Cooper. Coop and Colman play romantic rivals for Vilma Banky, a Hungarian beauty often paired with Colman in silent movies and also a favorite leading lady of Valentino.
August 13 at 20:38 EST .

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   MeiDei  Enjoyed he follow-up info, thanks!
August 13 at 20:58 EST .

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   StormCnter  "The Halls of Ivy", his radio show (with his wife ) was a favorite of mine. It was later on television for a very short time. RC was President Hall at Ivy College, with his wife, Benita Hume, as President Hall's better half, Victoria. .
August 14 at 05:51 EST .