Greatest voices ever in the history of Old Hollywood?

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    Which actors did you think had the best voice ever in an old B&W or technicolor flick? Name a couple of actors that sticks to your mind that you could still recite a line in your head from a movie and I think that's the best voice I ever heard from any actor. Pick one or two.
     
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    I think Trevor Howard (Third Man, Brief Encounter) had a brilliant sardonic, stuck-up Brit accent.

    Also, James Mason's voice was distinctive - reminded me of my old Deputy head teacher (especially in Desert Fox).
     
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    Katharine Hepburn-I adore her voice and could watch her films again and again, just to hear that voice.
     
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    What a great thread title.
     
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    Oh.. and Vincent Price.
     
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    :smile: Susan Hayward

    :smile: Clark Gable
     
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    and he's Welsh. :biggrin1: (or, was).
     
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    I love Betty Davis and Vincent Price myself. Whatever happened to the kind of accent they used ?
     
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    Marlon Brando and Bette Davis.
     
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    I don't know if he can really be classed "Old Hollywood," but James Earl Jones.
     
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    Good ol' Darth/Mufasa. :tongue:
     
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    This might be biased, but...

    Majorie Main
    Gloria Swanson
    John Wayne
    James Stewart
     
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    The greatest of all Golden Era male voices belonged to Claude Rains. His voice was unmistakable, his accent unplaceable, his diction flawless. Where ever Rains was from, you'd wish that you were there. With his shock of hair, dominating presence, and piercing eyes, Rains would have already been a gifted actor, but his voice belonged to him alone. It could sound wistfully romantic, sardonic, or deliciously evil. Whatever emotion he chose, his voice carried it flawlessly and with ineffable nuance.

    Claude Rains just had a tribute month on TCM and this promo was done to celebrate his work. It contains some of his best scenes but trust me, plenty of great roles still aren't included.

    I'm having a hard time with these decisions as it's very easy to choose either a leading or character actor and claim the voice is all that and a velvet purse. I chose Rains because he had the ability to play characters and leads. He could use his voice as an instrument and it became part of his roles rather than the other way around.
     
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