October 23, 1922 - August 3, 2015
Film fans are mourning the loss of lovely Colleen Gray, star of classic film-noir such as Nightmare Alley, Kiss of Death, Kansas City Confidential and The Killing. Westerns like the revered Red River, and the less revered Town Tamer, Black Whip and Arrow in the Dust. Sci-fi fun flicks like The Leech Woman and classic television guest appearances on Perry Mason, Rawhide, 77 Sunset Strip, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and as Chief Clifford's wife on McCloud.
John Wayne, Colleen Gray
Ms. Gray's round-up of leading men includes the tops in the business: Tyrone Power, John Wayne, Bing Crosby, William Holden, Dana Andrews, Victor Mature, Sterling Hayden, John Payne and Dana Andrews.
Kiss of Death
Victor Mature, Colleen Gray
If I recall my Saturday Night at the Movies hosted by Elwy Yost correctly, Colleen said that "Vic" became her protector against notably grumpy director Henry Hathaway on Kiss of Death.
Ms. Gray possessed a warmth that was as sincere as any found onscreen. She was a welcome ray of sunshine in the shadowy world of noir. She was a lively and winning comedienne in two family comedies of 1950, Father Was a Bachelor and Frank Capra's remake of his own Broadway Bill with music, Riding High. When I think of Ms. Gray, I always think of this spirited number:
Sunshine Cake was written by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen, herein performed by Mr. Bing Crosby, Mr. Clarence Muse and Ms. Colleen Gray with kibbitzing from "Broadway Bill" himself in his stall.