Jim Siergey: Greer Garson

August 2nd, 2018

Greer Garson. There’s a name for ya. She was a movie actress, whose heyday was in the 1940s.

I was aware of the name but I never saw any of her movies. All I really knew of her was from a phrase “Gable’s back and Garson’s got him!” which was the tagline used for Clark Gable’s first film after he returned from the service.

I also knew she won an Academy Award but that was it for my knowledge of Greer Garson.

Recently, she entered my life and as a result I have found out a wee bit more about the lady.

I happened to turn on the TV one day and an episode of a popular program from the 1950s, “Father Knows Best” was in progress. I was eating some lunch so I let it play on.

It had something to do with the youngest daughter, Kathy, being ill and unable to attend a function where she was to meet Greer Garson. In true 1950s family sit-com style, Greer Garson made an appearance at the end in little Kathy’s bedroom. Not only that but, due to little tyke’s insistence, Ms. Garson then acted out all the parts in her new movie.


There once was a Greer named Garson…


I sort of paid attention to it but it was just a little too much 1950s fantasy to take.

Soon after that, the next day perhaps even, I turned the TV on yet again, this time to see what was being broadcast on Turner Classic Movies. I now have cable TV for the first time in my life so I am able to check out this channel that I have heard so much about.

“Pride and Prejudice” from 1940 was in play and there was Greer Garson! She was in a scene with Laurence Olivier and she was great. She was acting the pants off of him, but since it was 1940, his trousers stayed put.

I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. She was captivating. And quite easy on the eyes, too.

So, I looked her up on the internet. She had seven Academy Award nominations, including five in a row for Best Actress, receiving one in 1942 for “Mrs. Miniver”.

She was the Meryl Streep of the 1940s! She even had the non-bombshell attractiveness of Ms. Streep. A’course, that’s all the opinion of one man, the guy typing out this post.

From glimpsing this brief scene on TCM I now look forward to watching one of her movies some day.

Garson’s back and Siergey’s got her.


Editor’s note: Jim’s last post for The Third City was It’s The Thought




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