Who are these Very Sissy Men?

Throughout the history of motion pictures and television, and continuing to this day, there is a certain type of man who is neither the strong man nor the everyman, but the type of man for whom the sight of a pretty woman brings to mind the thought; “Where’d she get those shoes?” This man is the Sissy Man. No more is he assigned to the land of supporting players as the best friend or unctuous authority figure, in this blog, he is put up front and center where he belongs. You will see a number at the bottom of every Very Sissy Man. This is our very own “Sissy scale.” We rate the selected “Sissies,” from zero to ten. (Zero being John Wayne, a Sissy Man only because he walked sprightly in his spurs; and ten being a man who undoubtedly continues to live the life of a sissy long after the camera has stopped rolling-- think Liberace.) In addition to the Sissy rating, each entry contains a brief, humorous biography, along with a picture that conveys the very essence of the actor’s sissiness. Enjoy!

Sir Evelyn De La Fontaine, Esq.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Very Sissy Man: Edward Everett Horton

Edward Everett Horton

March 18, 1886 - Sept. 29, 1970
     Ah, the avuncular Edward Everett Horton. He was the uncle you should have had. At ease in slippers or a tuxedo. Pleasant, dry-witted, careful when stepping (or being dragged) into potentially treacherous situations that will affect the romantic outcome for the leading man and lady, which he commented on with a rapid-fire, “Oh dear oh dear oh dear tsk tsk tsk...” He was usually the hero’s best friend, dispensing droll advice and quiet predictions of doom to the likes of Fred Astaire and Cary Grant. And as the movie made its way to the end, there was always Edward Everett’s double-take, one of the best in the business: a contented smile which disintegrated into an alarm verging on horror.  
     Listen for him as the not always unflappable narrator of the Fractured Fairy Tales cartoons. There you can hear his nonchalant acceptance of the unconventional, with an unspoken C’est la vie!


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