I have a confession to make. I had no idea who Agnes Moorehead was before In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood asked me if I’d like to join the Agnes Moorehead Blogathon. Having become totally addicted to Blogathons and not wanting to let anyone down (and besides, I now knew that Agnes had appeared in How the West Was Won which I’d seen, so…easy-peasy) I agreed. And had sleepless nights ever since. You see, I generally write my Blogathon entries well in advance but wasn’t even sure in which snippet of How the West Was Won she appeared. Do I come up with some excuse? No! Just do it. Excuse? Do it! Exc…
Clearly, the Just do it won. And here it is…as short and sweet as her role:
Agnes Moorehead has a small role in The Rivers section of this fabulous movie. She’s the mother and wife of a family on their pilgrimage West to start a farm. Not really appearing in the forefront of this section, I solely focused on her (for Blogathon reasons) and found myself thoroughly enjoying her facial expressions. Her brief lines when she put her husband into his place made me smile. She portrayed a loyal but firm woman.
My favourite scene is where Linus Rawlings hands her an empty plate of food telling her it was mighty tasty:
*Rebecca “You’ve only ate four plates. I was beginning to think you didn’t like it.”
Linus “No. Well it don’t pay to eat too much on an empty stomach ma’am.”
Now I absolutely have to look out for her in other roles. From the little I’ve seen, she’s just great!
*Quotes taken from watching the movie