When we posted this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast" at The Film Experience yesterday, facing off Double Indemnity stars Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray - have you voted yet? - we got to thinking about MacMurray... specifically these pictures of MacMurray, which are always the ones we picture when we picture him now even though dude only had a mustache in one single movie his whole career.
That movie was 1937's True Confession with Carole Lombard, the fourth of four movies those two made together, which has him playing a lawyer forced to defend his wife, a pathological liar, in court. Anybody seen it? I have not. But it sure gave us a ton of fun photographs of the two...
... and that's not even counting that shirtless photo-shoot he did alongside the movie (I'm pretty sure it's not specifically for the film) that are seen up top. The thing about that mustache is though - apparently not everybody was a fan! While looking up this film I stumbled upon a terrific mustache-themed story at the site called "Stars And Letters," which shares old celebrity correspondences of note. They share a letter that MacMurray wrote to a fan, some British Dude named Eric in 1941, who'd apparently told MacMurray he hated the stache! Here's MacMurray's letter (click to embiggen):
Well I guess that explains why he only rocked the stache in one single movie - a real loss to the movies, if you ask me. Damn you, Eric Moorehouse of Liverpool, England! You ruined everything. What do you guys think?