June Allyson


I will never know why June Allyson in movies her foghorn voice is annoying enough but her sucky syrupy acting drives me crazy!

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I agree and I also don't see any charisma or beauty there.

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I agree !

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True to type June Allyson was annoying in this movie too.

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Count me in as someone who never understood how she made it in Hollywood.




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She was a huge star in her time. She had a girl-next-door quality that was quite appealing. And she was skilled at projecting sincerity. That husky voice and tiny frame were unusual--not the typical glamour girl of the period.

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"...I never understood how she made it in Hollywood."
Read Joan Blondell's thinly veiled "novel," CENTER DOOR FANCY for her version of how June Allyson made it.
I was sort of watching this movie because I love Claudette Colbert. However, I can't get past the annoyance that is June Allyson...plus knowing she is actually 29, acting like she is a youngster.

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You mean her affair and later marriage with Dick Powell?

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Yes, but it seems they met before June and Dick Powell got together.
Joan (reasonably) didn't have good feelings toward June Allyson, so her viewpoint might be a little slanted, and, her book is "fiction."
Still, there are lots of people you can recognize, and she gives a very amusing account of Dick Powell in bed.
The book is a fun read.

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C'mon, stop teasing, and tell us more. I once read that Joan Blondell always referred to June Allyson as "that whore". Is that what you're hinting at?

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I didn't mean to tease!
Has been some years that I read Joan Blondell's book...so, what I can remember:
She refers to some "gooney looking kid" who would make "cow eyes" at Dick Powell whenever she saw him. There was also some innuendo that this "kid" was well known for bedding anyone and everyone and this "kid" was well into her 20's.
The part about Dick Powell in bed was something like: One. While brushing his teeth, he winks at me from the bathroom. Two. He comes into the bedroom, takes off his pajama top and says, "Hey baby, you make me hot." Three. He drops his pants in on top of me, and says, "Baby, baby, oh baby." and is done in two minutes. Four. He rolls over and is alseep.
A passionate lover he was not, it seems.
I am sure she mentions more (about "the goon") but I just don't remember, and again, what I did write is not directly from the book, I just can't remember exactly.
Someone gave me a copy of June Allyson's book, just thinking I liked ANY old movie star, and I did glance through it. Have to say she didn't come across as being someone I would admire due to either her not being too bright or just wanting to portray herself as a victim.
She said she never knew how much money she made, which I can't imagine just signing over your paycheck to someone else and saying, "Here."
Dick Powell's "endearment" for her was "Idiot Face."!!!
In regard to Joan Blondell: Dick Powell and June were having a dinner party and Joan Blondell showed up, I think to pick up a child. She lingered, and ended up completely taking the party over, to the point (I think) that June was literally outside the house looking in through a picture window at her own party!
I know the story was told to portray Joan Blondell as ruthless, but I thought it just portrayed June Allyson as a weakling.
Anyway, she definately was incredibly popular in her time, so she obivouly had something going for her, I just never got it.

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jfd0210 says > Has been some years that I read Joan Blondell's book...so, what I can remember: She refers to some "gooney looking kid" who would make "cow eyes" at Dick Powell whenever she saw him.
I've always liked Dick Powell as an actor, especially later in his career when he wasn't just playing a singing juvenile.

I love Joan Blondell! She always seemed to have her act together. She portrayed strength and good sense even though she also played up her sex appeal. Little June Allyson seemed to have none of that going for her. However, based on the description you provided I would have thought Joan was referring to herself rather than June. Who knows. She may have been referring to actual people in her book; the same was said of Powell's book, but maybe both books really were works of fiction.

What I could never understand was how Powell was attracted to and married both Joan Blondell and June Allyson; they were two very different women. Then again, maybe that's what Powell saw in June. He wanted a woman he could control. She was a lot younger and apparently did not stand up to him. I'm not guessing on this point; I heard her say, in an interview about a movie they appeared in together and he directed, that he was the boss on the set. Then she threw in kind of snidely, just like he was at home.

I don't know when Joan's book came out but I'd be surprised if she'd lash out against June. When she was down on her luck and low on funds, she apparently went to June for help to get a role in the remake of the Women. June was the star so I assume she could have kept Joan from being cast; which she probably would have if Joan had written unkind things about her.

Joan was in the movie. I assume with June's help. If that's the case, I doubt she'd later slam her as a thinly veiled character in a book. I even wonder if June was the cause of the break up of her marriage to Powell. I also wonder if that party story is reliable. Apparently Joan said Powell loved to entertain but she wasn't crazy about constantly having people at their home. She complained so Powell told her if she didn't like it she could get out. She did. He may have also cheated but it sounds like their issues stemmed from lifestyle differences.


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I’ve always liked June Allison. Always liked her movies as well and like her a lot more than the so called young women of today. I’m tired of hearing who is sleeping with whom, who is pregnant with whose baby, who has broken up with whom. Today’s Hollywood has the morals of alley cats. Different times, different values. People then liked her. Movies were different then too. I know Hollywood back then wasn’t made of saints, but at least we didn’t have to hear about it. It was kept behind close doors.

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Different times, different values. People then liked her. Movies were different then too. I know Hollywood back then wasn’t made of saints, but at least we didn’t have to hear about it. It was kept behind close doors.

I feel the exact same way!

Something I don't understand about the Old Hollywood fans of today is that I've found they might claim to be a fan of the stars, love their style, etc. yet be as crass and trashy as any wild-child out there today, classic-movie fan or not! So, it's puzzling to me why such folks waste their time watching movies which project values and an image of society that they rail against daily! And now the trend is to watch these old movies and spot where the sex, swearing, etc. are, indirectly. Yesh! I would think they'd be happier with modern films, if that's how they are. I certainly would rather they didn't lay a claim on Old Hollywood. It's downright disingenuous and insulting, if you think about it!

People talk about wanting classic TV and movie styles back, but what they don't seem to understand is unless everyone starts behaving in a way that was more acceptable to the social standards of that time (i.e. not cursing in public, dressing more conservatively, minding your manners, etc.) then it won't matter what attempts are made to bring wholesome movies and TV back. The stars themselves (as-well as their audience) have to be wholesome and classy too---not just their projects.

Even the wildest actresses of June Allyson's day were tame compared to the "good girl" stars of today. It was the stars that were special. The sweetest project in the world would probably fall flat without a classy star at the helm. Hence today's problem bringing classiness back to the forefront.

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n.debrabant says > I’ve always liked June Allison. Always liked her movies as well
Like most of the people who have posted their comments here, I have never been a fan of June Allyson and have never understood how she ended up as an actress. In her bio she explains it. Apparently she was self-aware. She knew she lacked all the usual traits of a success actor but somehow she made it. It just goes to show what happens when someone has your back.

I guess someone or more than one person in a high enough position thought she was good enough to be in movies. Beyond that, she says most women could relate to her due to her imperfections. I think she has a point there. Many of the golden age actresses were real beauties but some were unconventional like Betty Davis, Katherine Hepburn, etc. They were dedicated professionals who didn't rely on their looks.

I’m tired of hearing who is sleeping with whom, who is pregnant with whose baby, who has broken up with whom.
Life was very different back in the days when these movies were made but people weren't all that different. There might have been a greater effort to keep affairs and other such behavior secret because the consequences were greater but it doesn't mean people where angels. In fact, it seems June Allyson was involved with Alan Ladd at some point during her marriage to Dick Powell. They stayed together but 'involved' probably means she had an affair with him.

Also, she wasn't as good a girl as she often played because she was involved with a married man at least twice. She was also an alcoholic after Powell died; to the point her own mother sued her for custody of her kids. The fact we don't hear these stories the way we hear about current actors only means their time has passed. These stories made the celebrity magazines during the time just as they would today. The difference is today there's social media and many, many more outlets, including daily entertainment shows, by which the information can be released.


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Just occurred to me all this time I was reading about the marriage drama I had an image of WILLIAM POWELL in my mind. I am not familiar w/DICK Powell.

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And here she was, playing a teenager, when she was pushing hard on 30. There's a scene in this movie where she actually skips across the set, and I want to trip her. Claudette should have let her fall off the cliff! Or pushed her...

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Now THAT would've been a good ending!

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EliotTempleton says > And here she was, playing a teenager, when she was pushing hard on 30. There's a scene in this movie where she actually skips across the set
That was probably the key to her appeal. She was petite and could play much younger, more immature characters than her actual age would indicate.

I've never really been a June Allyson fan but I thought she was perfect in this role. It's probably because the character was meant to be annoying and delusional. That fit perfectly with my existing impression of her so the movie worked for me.

Claudette should have let her fall off the cliff! Or pushed her...
Apparently, June and Claudette got along very well and became good friends during the making of this movie. That may be another reason June made it in Hollywood. People seemed to like her. Maybe she was easy to get along and work with.


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I agree, mdonln- I think this is the best performance I've seen from her, because it gave her something interesting to work with, as opposed to the usual perky wife of the struggling ballplayer/orchestra leader/etc.

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jdsuggs says > I agree, mdonln- I think this is the best performance I've seen from her, because it gave her something interesting to work with, as opposed to the usual perky wife of the struggling ballplayer/orchestra leader/etc.
If someone takes on enough roles, by mere chance, they would have to, at some point, stumble across something that fits them well. This is how and why people usually get typecast. If they do well in a certain role, they keep getting the same kinds of parts over and over again.


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That's a whole discussion in itself- I've always noted actors and actresses that I'm generally not crazy about who find that one perfect role that they just knock out of the park. Always interesting to see it happen.

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