- Sex appeal
- Well-Regarded in Private Life
- Comedic Ability
- Singing Ability (If applicable)
- Dancing Ability (If applicable)
- Risk-taker or Innovator
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Remember The Day
- Bob Karam
Last night I watched REMEMBER THE DAY (1942) with Payne and Claudette Colbert. It's on DVD now. In my opinion, this is the film to see to truly appreciate what a very good actor John Payne was. The expression on his face as he waves goodbye to his bride from the train is so genuine it brings tears to the eyes.
My Dad's Memories...
- Carol Marano
John Payne and my Dearly Beloved Dad were Army mates during World War II. They remained friends ever since. John was truly a cherished treasure of Dad's... May they both Rest in Peace...
John Payne plays the pivotal role in Miracle on 34th Street with humble dignity and quiet confidence.
- Iris Thomas
I agree with all that has been said about John Payne. He was beautiful, a great singer, a wonderful actor. Why is it, only a certain few stars are always shown, and the actors like Payne we see very infrequently, even though they are just as good. Too bad!! You are still great to me, John.
Most handsome actor in Hollywood history
Handsome, charming, with a lovely singing voice, not to mention a fantastic body! Sad that he is not appreciated as he deserves. Sun Valley Serenade and Tin Pan Alley need to be released NOW on DVD or Blu ray!
As a child growing up in the 1940's and 1950's, and being influenced by movies during the War Years, John Payne became my all time hero. Not too much has been said about his physique and his physical appearances, but he was an extremely well developed male. I was first aware of it when he removed his shirt in the movie: "The Shores of Tripoli". And later he revealed himself in other movies delivering an incredible physique and amazing strength. I alwaya admired him for that ability. It is too bad that more of his talents have not been presented on TCM. More of his movies should be displayed.
A very fine actor
John Payne proved to be a very versatile actor. In the beginning of his career, he charmed audiences with his good looks, personality,and attractive singing voice. He gave fine performances in dramas like "The Razor's Edge" and "Hold Back the Night", but I will never forget his performance in "The Saxon Charm" with the incomparable Robert Montgomery. Robert Montgomery could easily have overpowered a lesser actor in that film, but John Payne shone in a complex portrayal of a sensitive playwright.
Forgotten but shouldn't be
I love his movies and often find his voice comforting; I consider his rendition of "Give me the Simple Life" from "Wake up and Dream" to be even better than Bing Crosby's. If you ever see "Remember the Day" (with Claudette Colbert) you can see how good of an actor he was. Also he and Maureen O'Hara made a great on-screen couple. John Payne has been forgotten and his name hardly ever pops up when people mention the movie business of the 1940's. He was a crowd favorite during his time, his fan mail and requests for his photos often rivaled Tyrone Power and Robert Taylor.
- Zola Lee
John Payne was a great actor..my favorite performance he gave was in Hello Frisco Hello..it is one of my favorite movies..due to Alice Faye also and her lovely singing of "By the Light of the Silvery Moon"..oh how I miss and remember those times..thank you TCM for making these wonderful films possible to see today..Lee