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More gay subtext in old movies ?

Watching the classic Minnelli MGM musical THE BANDWAGON once again yesterday it struck me that the Jack Buchanan character, the highbrow theatre director Jeffrey Cordova, could be construed as being gay: he is flamboyant, over the top, no mention of a woman in his life AND he has a perfect Vincente Minnelli style townhouse (that yellow and white room they (Astaire, Charisse, Fabray, Levant) wait in is to die for. Then there is Hal his assistant or PR man who is always on hand, even at 3am - does he live there too ? Is this crafy Vincente telling us they are an item .... ? Then there is Clifton Webb in WOMAN'S WORLD in 1954 - of course everything Clifton played seems gay but here is the the owner of the car company who is seeking a new general manager so the 3 couples are vetted. Clifton is effortlessly in charge here as with his sister they vet the candidates. Again there is no woman in his life and its implied he is devoted to his general managers. He handles the ladies (Bacall, Allyson and Arlene Dahl who comes on to him so her husband will get the job) with aplomb - but it all seems terribly gay to me. Just like David Wayne seems like a very coded gay as the bachelor neigbour of Hepburn & Tracy in Adam's Rib. Any other possible candidates ? - and of course there's Lee Van Cleef and Earl Holiman as the couple of gangsters who seem more than friends in The Big Combo in 1955 ...


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