Most Paired Movie Couples of the Golden Age

Posted on 7 Mar 00:00


One element that makes a romance movie both captivating and compelling, is how well the actors can convince the audience that there is actual chemistry between them. And what better way to create chemistry on scene when there's also real chemistry off the scene. When the audience feels the chemistry between the actors, they look forward to more movies from the pair!

The golden age had a number of couples who created amazing romantic scenes both on television and the movies, therefore, they were paired over and over again. Some of the most paired couples in movies of the Golden Age include:

1) Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn (Woman of the Year, 1942)

Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn were one Golden Age Hollywood couples who had a relationship both on and off-screen. Even though they put in effort to hide their relationship from the public for as long as they could, anyone could see the chemistry between them in their movies together. In total, Spencer and Katherine were paired in 9 movies.

Their pairing began with the first movie they starred in together; ‘Woman of the Year' which was made in the year 1942. Woman of the Year is a romantic comedy written by Michael Kanin, Ring Lardner and John Mahin. The movie was directed by George Stevens and was produced by Joseph Mankiewicz. During their first meeting, Katherine was wearing high heels and when she met Spencer, she told him she feared she was too tall for him. That wasn't a problem because, after Woman of the Year, the pair acted other movies.  Here are a few:

  • Keeper of the Flame (1943)
  • Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
  • Pat and Mike (1952)
  • Sea Of Grass (1947)

 2)  Myrna Loy and William Powell (The Thin Man, 1934)

Myrna Loy and William Powell were an absolute beauty to watch together on screen. The two fit like toast and jam. They were loved not only by fans but also by producers and directors because Myrna and William starred in 14 movies together.

Their first movie together was ‘Manhattan Melodrama' which was produced in 1934.  But their most popular movie together was ‘The Thin Man' produced in 1934. This movie was one of their most popular movies because it portrayed the fun side of marriage with lots of banter and comedy. ‘The Thin Man' was a comedy-mystery movie directed by W. S. Van Dyke. It was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. According to Myrna, their friendship and bond grew on the first set of ‘Manhattan Melodrama' where they first met. A few other movies in which the couple were paired include:

  • Evelyn Prentice (1934)
  • Another Thin Man (1939)

2)  Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn (The Adventures of Robin Hood, 1938)

Olivia and Errol made the perfect couple  in the movie, The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). The ‘Adventures of Robin Hood' is a Warner Bros movie directed by William Keighley and Michael Curtiz. Asides Olivia and Errol, other actors who starred in the movie were Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains. In 1995 the movie was chosen by the National Film Registry for preservation. Asides ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood', Olivia and Errol have been paired in 11 other movies together. Some include:

  • Dodge City (1939)
  • Santa Fe Trail (1940)
3) Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney (Babes In Arms, 1939)

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney stole the hearts of the American audience with their chemistry. Mickey Rooney was known for his singing and dancing skills. His enthusiasm also made the audience eager to watch him. And, Judy Garland was an amazing singer. When the two were paired together in ‘Babes in Arms' the best was expected. ‘Babes in Arms' produced in 1939 and directed by Busby Berkeley. It was the movie version of the Broadway musical made in 1937. Other movies starring the pair include:

  • Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
  • Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)
  • Strike Up the Band (1940)  

    4) Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire (Top Hat, 1935) 

    Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire have been paired in 10 movies together. The pair acted their first movie ‘Flying Down To Rio' in 1933 but in the movie, they were both supporting casts. Later on the next year, Ginger and Fred were paired to star in ‘The Gay Divorcee' musical.

    Top Hat', the pair's most popular movie, was made in 1935. The movie was written by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott, and directed by Mark Sandrich. The songs in the movie were written by Irving Berlin, some of which became very popular after the movie. The pair became so popular that in the year 1936 they were already in the top box office. All their movies became hits. Other movies starring Astaire and Rogers include:

    • Follow The Fleet (1936)
    • Swing Time (1936)
    • Carefree (1938)
    • Shall We Dance (1937)

    5) Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford (Gilda, 1946)

    Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford made a total of 5 movies together. The pair's most popular movie is ‘Gilda' released in 1946. The movie was directed by Charles Vidor with Jack Cole as the choreographer. Rudolph Mate's photography in the movie was lauded and Jean Louis's costume design for Hayworth was also lauded. ‘Gilda' was chosen for preservation in the National Film Registry in the year 2013. ‘Gilda' is about Farrell (Glenn Ford) an American gambler who moved to Buenos Aires. Farrell and Ballin Mundson – a casino owner – form a partnership until Mundson introduces Farrell to Gilda, who is also Farrell's ex-lover. Other movies by the pair include;

    • The Money Trap (1965)
    • Affairs in Trinidad (1952)
    • The Loves of Carmen (1948)
    • The Lady in Question (1940)

    7) Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon ( Mrs. Miniver, 1942)

    Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon had amazing chemistry. It made directors and producers pair them frequently in husband and wife roles. Walter's stable and firm nature always made him the perfect match for Greer with her sophisticated, calm nature. Greer and Walter were basically a match made in cinema heaven. Their off-screen friendship was strong and enduring. Pidgeon shared with the public, that in all their time of working and acting together, they never quarreled.  The duo quickly became a famous Box Office favorite. In total, Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon were paired in 8 moviesr. Their most popular movie ‘Mrs. Miniver' a war drama in 1942. Mrs. Miniver is set in World War II and it's affected on a housewife. The movie was directed by William Wyler and was adapted from the novel written by Jan Struther. Other movies acted by Greer and Walter include:

    • Madam Curie (1943)
    • Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
    • The Miniver Story (1950)
    • Julia Misbehaves (1948)

    The romantic chemistry continues to be a strong draw for many movies of both today and yesteryear.  We love a our movie romance to appear realistic and obtainable.

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