Robert Taylor Is Still Handsome in his 40’s: Tip on a Dead Jockey

Many critics have said that Robert Taylor lost his looks after World War II. I disagree strongly with this. Obviously a 40 year old is not going to look like a 20 year old. Mr. Taylor’s face became thinner and his cheekbones were more pronounced. His new maturity is  elegant and strong, reflecting his life experiences, including Navy service during the war. His charm remains intact as does his appeal for women.

Tip on a Dead Jockey is an adventure/romance with touches of comedy. It was originally scheduled to be directed by Orson Welles, which is probably why Robert Taylor signed on. Eventually Richard Thorpe, a director with whom Mr. Taylor worked frequently, took over. The movie also stars Dorothy Malone, Jack Lord and Gia Scala. A remastered DVD was  released recently.

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About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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6 Responses to Robert Taylor Is Still Handsome in his 40’s: Tip on a Dead Jockey

  1. SusanaG. says:

    I fully agree with you Judith, regarding RT’s looks during his 40s. They really were like a good wine–got better with age. Killer screenshots, by the way!!! Thank you!

  2. dianne345 says:

    I fully agree with both of you. I first became a fan when he was 40 & I was 12 (Quo Vadis). I saw most of his 1950s movies before I saw (on TV) the 30s & 40s Taylor films. First “oldie” I saw was Camille. I thought he actually was more attractive in his 40s & that remains my favorite Taylor era – especially in the color films, which showcased those gorgeous blue eyes.

  3. giraffe44 says:

    I agree. I first saw Robert Taylor in “The Detectives” and was hooked on Matt Holbrook. Then I, like you, discovered the older movies. “Personal Property” is my favorite from the thirties. And I do love the blue eyes. I’m not crazy about “The Last Hunt” because I don’t want to see animals die but Mr. Taylor’s eyes are gorgeous. Thanks for writing.

  4. dianne345 says:

    I hated “The Last Hunt” the first time I saw it too. RT played such a despicable character, killing not only buffalo but people as well, with pleasure. A real psychopath. It wasn’t until Ben Mankiewicz hosted a showing of “The Last Hunt” on TCM & commented on RT’s excellent, totally out-of-character performance, that I appreciated the film & even bought the DVD. Mankiewicz said many were surprised that RT didn’t at least get an Oscar nomination, or even the Oscar itself, for the role. (I thought he should have at least been nominated for “Above & Beyond” & “Bataan” as well.)

  5. giraffe44 says:

    Oh, yes, he definitely should have had at least an Oscar nomination. One thing I noticed was that the Gilson character was clumsy. Robert Taylor was extremely graceful and had wonderful control over his body. It must have been difficult to be such a consistent klutz. Thanks again for writing.

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