Top Ten 1950

BIL'S BEST ACTOR

I’m fascinated by the red-blooded, screen-tearing work done by Kirk Douglas in the Bix Beiderbeck-inspired musical Young Man With A Horn. It’s one of his least celebrated lead roles (critics tend to veer more towards Champion, The Bad And the Beautiful or his Van Gogh), but this performance is up there with the best of them. He convincingly blows that horn with as much passion as he destroys the love of the women around him, and even Doris Day can’t come off a virgin beside him (her delivery of “The Very Thought Of You”, by the way, is pure heaven).

Honour Roll: Edouard Dermithe, Les Enfants Terribles; Walter Huston, The Furies; Spencer Tracy, Father of The Bride…

  • All About Eve

    1

  • Sunset Boulevard

    2

  • Rashomon

    3

  • The Furies

    4

  • The Young and the Damned

    5

  • King Solomon's Mines

    6

  • Variety Lights

    7

  • The Asphalt Jungle

    8

  • Captain Carey, U.S.A.

    9

  • Born Yesterday

    10