Let’s Talk About…HOT MEN THROUGHOUT THE DECADES (1910s-1950s)

The most important thing we have ever contributed to the Internet.

Elizabeth:  OKAY.
I am prepared to submit my Definitive Dudes of the Decades Report, complete with illustrative gifs, whenever it is convenient for you.
Please advise.

Tricia:  I’m ready!  Hit me with some hot men!

Elizabeth:  Okay, so here’s the situation:
I know we usually do jokey discussions for the blog, but this is a very important topic that is close to my heart.
What happened, just to recap, is that yesterday you confessed to me that you didn’t know many crush-worthy movie stars from the decades prior to 1980.  And this is sad!

Tricia:  It is sad.
I am eager to be educated about hot men from all times.
I will not joke at all.

Elizabeth:  Let us begin.

Tricia:  wait wait

Elizabeth:  what?

Tricia:  What is my role?  How am I supposed to respond?

Elizabeth:  I mean, how does your heart want to respond to these gifs?

Tricia:  Ah, okay, I can listen to my heart and then immediately verbalize it without forethought.  

Elizabeth:  Absolutely.
So, my first man is not actually hot. (I’m sorry!!)

Tricia:  You are not starting off strong.

Elizabeth:  I know, I know!  Douglas Fairbanks gets a spot on this list, however, for forming United Artists with Mary Pickford in 1919.  They were the original Hollywood power couple.
He gets a spot for boosting his wife’s career along with his own.


Tricia:  I am unimpressed.  He is not hot and I don’t know anything about any of this.
Hmmmmm but okay.  I do like a supportive man.

Elizabeth:  He was literally the only male movie star I could think of off the top of my head from this decade.
So technically the hottest star I could think of from this decade!

Tricia:  Good enough, let’s move on!

Elizabeth:  1920s – Many more options, but I picked Buster Keaton.  Again, middling hotness, but hilarious and badass.
He did all his own stunts, which means he’s totally ripped under that girly shirt.


Tricia:  Adventurous AND defying gender norms!


Tricia:  GASP he looks like Mesut Ozil, a soccer player with Orphan Eyes who I was OBSESSED with during the World Cup!
A++++++ Buster Keaton

Elizabeth:  LOL really?
He’s kinda funny looking, I think, but I award major points for humor

Tricia: I am occasionally EXTREMELY attracted to funny looking people.

Elizabeth:  1930s?

Tricia:  Bring it!

Elizabeth:  Okay, I actually had some trouble finding a man I liked for this decade.  Nobody came to mind, so I googled “top films 1930s” and was reminded of Clark Gable.
He’s not my fave, especially after reading that Anne Helen Peterson article about how he was probably a rapist, but I couldn’t think of anyone else
He is on the list, grudgingly, and only because of It Happened One Night, which is a GREAT movie


Elizabeth:  We studied this scene in film classes in college.  For academic purposes.  *ahem*

Tricia:  Hmmm, I understand your conundrum, but I’m going to give a hard pass to a likely rapist with grandpa pants.
Let’s move on to the 1940s.  I have a feeling we’re building up to something beautiful.

Elizabeth:  I do want to share with a factoid: Apparently undershirt sales in America plummeted after this movie came out with this scene.

Tricia:  HAHAHAHA, okay, that ALMOST redeems him.

Elizabeth:  1940s
There are MANY good options for this decade, but I picked *drumroll*


Elizabeth:  Cary Grant, the most perfect man ever created.

Tricia:  Okay, description of my reaction to this gif:
Stomach clench, falling forward into myself, snort/laugh, eyes wide, “YES NOW I AM” in my thought bubble

Elizabeth:  😀

Tricia:  My word, what a man.
I have a thing for heavy eyebrows, did you know?

Elizabeth: No, I did not know that about you, Tricia.


Elizabeth:  I realize there is a small percent chance that he may have been gay, but I 100 percent Do. Not. Care.

Tricia:  Honestly, I’m usually attracted to gay men
We can live in an almost-blissful, though sadly sexless, marriage.  I just stare at him delightedly.  I can live with that.

Elizabeth:  Yes.  I would be completely willing to enter a marriage of convenience with Cary Grant to preserve his career.
I mean, he’s dead anyway, so that may be more of a barrier, to be quite honest.

Tricia:  Fair point!
But I rarely let reality get in the way of my fantasies.

Elizabeth:  Not that we would ever sexually objectify men, alive or dead.

Tricia:  No, no.  Only consensual physical appreciation.

Elizabeth:  Speaking of which, this brings us to the 1950s, and Marlon Brando.  Young Marlon Brando, to be specific.


Tricia:  (I think I AM sexually objectifying them, because I know nothing about the work of most of these men and am only judging them based on…WHOA HE’S SUPER HOT
The disdain!  The EYES and JAW and LIPS

Elizabeth:  Still a bit eccentric, but ye gods! those ARMS!


Tricia: This picture is doing less for me.
Too much arm, not enough eye-rolling.


He’s wearing eyeliner and I AM INTO IT
Again with the heavy eyebrows *sigh*
I’m very happy right now
I’m glad we’re doing this
THANK YOU ELIZABETH you are a queen amongst researchers

Elizabeth: Yes, this is possibly the best idea we’ve ever had.

Tricia:  Let’s move on before I self-combust.

Elizabeth:  One more:


I want to eat his chin

Elizabeth:  Moving on

Tricia:  lol



  1. I just need to quickly point out that Theo James from Divergent looks a lot like the first Marlon Brando picture. And has great eyebrows. And is still alive.


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