Robert Taylor & Vivien Leigh: The Beauty of Waterloo Bridge
Every once in a while I’ll see a clip from a movie that makes me want to rush out to find the movie so I can watch it right away. I can’t remember where I first saw it, but all it took for me to really want to watch the movie Waterloo Bridge (1940) was to see a stunning scene where the stars of the movie, Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh, were dancing a waltz to the song “Auld Lang Syne” in a candle lit restaurant.
Thankfully I was able to find the movie at my local library and watch it last night. In my opinion, Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor were two of the most beautiful movie stars to ever grace the screen, and along with the beautiful Academy Award winning cinematography throughout the movie and a moving storyline, this was a very enjoyable movie to watch. I’ve seen several other Robert Taylor movies, but I forgot just how handsome he was until I started watching Waterloo Bridge. If Robert Taylor were still alive, he would be celebrating his 100th birthday in August of this year so I have to ask, is it weird that I found myself developing a crush on him as if he were a current heartthrob?
Many reviewers thought that Robert Taylor was miscast in his role and even Vivien Leigh, who wanted her soon to be husband Laurence Olivier to play opposite her, agreed and thought her experience working with him would be miserable. Yes, I’ve seen some onscreen couples that had more chemistry, but I thought they made a very believable couple and you’d be hard pressed to find a more beautiful one at that. I would like to find out how Vivien ended up viewing the experience, but I did read that Robert Taylor enjoyed working with her.
Both Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh would later go on to say that Waterloo Bridge was their favorite movie of all that they had starred in. This was especially interesting in the case of Vivien Leigh since she made this movie right after her popular starring role as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind.
Two years before filming Waterloo Bridge, Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh starred together in a British film called A Yank at Oxford (1938). Given how much I enjoyed their pairing this time around, I plan on giving that movie a try as well.
If you’ve seen Waterloo Bridge, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the pairing of Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh. Do you think Robert Taylor was miscast or did you enjoy the chemistry between the two stars?