A more than a few critics have noted, Francis Ford Coppola's new
movie The Rainmaker is uneven, a formula courtroom drama that's lifted
by the performers and Coppola's assured style. But for movie buffs, there's
one distinct pleasure in it: seeing Teresa Wright on the screen.
If you're not a fan of old movies, the name won't mean much, but
Wright who is now 79 and has a small role as an eccentric landlady in The
Rainmaker, appeared in some of the finest films Hollywood produced in the
1940s, when she was one of the most winningly natural young actors on screen.
Busy in Hollywood for more than a decade, she left to devote most
of her career to the stage, with only occasional returns to the screen.
But Wright was able to leave movie fans with a lot of fond memories. She
had the luck to work with some of the leading directors of the day.
Though she usually played wholesome, scrubbed ingenues, Wright brought
an intelligence, a naturalness and a rich subtlety to her performances
that was far beyond what you saw from other actors in similar roles at
the time. Wright could play sweet, sincere and unspoiled without being
simpering or gooey.
If you've never seen Wright from her early career, take home any
of the following: