37 thoughts on “MCM: Richard Chamberlain

  1. What I want to see him in is Lady Caroline Lamb…but it is not available to stream :( may have to break down and buy a dvd…

  2. Oh My God, he was so darned pretty! That face wasn’t just easy to look at it was mesmerising! Plot? What plot?

  3. My mother had THE biggest crush on him and he was quite a dish.

    Any recent productions anyone know of?

  4. I loved Centennial. Some of my favorite actors are in that series. I confess that I own DVD’s of Portrait of a Lady and The Slipper and the Rose (why has no one ever done this on stage?). I’ve been dying to see The Music Lovers. I was lucky enough to get to see him on Broadway in Blithe Spirit many moons ago.

    1. There is a stage version of The Slipper and the Rose, though I’ve never seen it. He copes quite well with the dancing, too, especially as he’s right next to Christopher Gable of the Royal Ballet!

  5. Shogun. It was the precursor of a series of Orientalia that caught my imagination. 3/4M would also have to be noted. I haven’t seen a lot of the others. It wasn’t a period piece, but I do remember Dr Kildare rather fondly. It was the season of doctor shows. I didn’t watch it as often, but I did watch “Ben Casey’ drop a cool 7 grand at craps in At;antic City and not break a sweat.

  6. I would love to watch his version of “The Lady’s Not For Burning” again but it’s not available anywhere. I think I might still have the VHS copy I made when it ran on PBS, and I do still have a VCR, but most of my tapes are in dad’s attic 30 miles away and I don’t want to put him at risk.

  7. When The Thornbirds aired my sister and I were spellbound by it. Richard Chamberlain was certainly a dashing gentleman. Still is, really. [Is Frank Langella in your pipeline next? Or a feature on capes/cloaks?]

  8. Well, I’m old enough to have a friend whose Senior Prom Date was Chamberlain. She got a lot of mileage from her photo of them gussied up in their HS finery!
    I’d vote for The Lady’s Not for Burning” partly because I also love the play so like pairing him with great writing.
    This is my first post; just tripped over Frock Flicks last week researching something else.
    I describe my career arc thusly: “I started off to be a theatrical costumer; I wound up being a construction lawyer.” (It seemed like a straight line.)
    And I’m a total history buff so9 I wear my eyes out rolling them during many a history film/show.

    1. Me, thought I was going to be a costumer of some kind, became a web specialist consultant. Funny how life goes!

  9. My mother LOVED him growing up; I think he was Dr. Kildare on television, and that’s where she got a crush on him? I have never shown her The Thorn Birds (she would Not Approve and find it Depressing) but I absolutely love him as Father Ralph. I have seen The Slipper and the Rose, but it’s been eons — I think it’s now free for streaming on Prime, so I may have to re-watch it one of these days.

    Lovely choice! ;)

      1. Out of curiosity, I just and looked him up in a clip from Dr. Kildare. I’m glad I live alone, because when they finally showed his face I went WOW, NO WONDER. LOL I now know what to give my mother for her birthday. Dr. Kildare on DVD. ;)

  10. Definitely Shogun, although as a Colorado girl it was practically a mandate to watch Centennial..and I thought his character was one of the best.

  11. Regarding his Hamlet: Chamberlain went to London to play Hamlet to prove he wasn’t just another pretty face. The reviews were good and the run went well. On the last night of the run, at the end of the play, when the soldiers are carrying Hamlet’s corpse away, the orchestra struck up the theme song from Doctor Kildare. Chamberlain was trying
    not to laugh and the actors were trying not to drop him.

    I think my favorite, besides the Musketeers films, was The Man in the Iron Mask. The scene in which Louis is painted gold and is dancing is forever burned into my mind.

  12. I was a little young for Dr. Kildare, though I was aware of him. I tried reading The Thorn Birds and couldn’t get into it until they announced that he was going to be Fr. Ralph. Then I had an image in my mind, read the book, loved it, and watched the miniseries and loved it and him. He was perfect!

  13. I feel like my mother played The Thorn Birds as “the” background movie to the early 80s, so I gotta go with that one as my fave–he totally rocked it as the smokin’ hot priest. Wow, he really was an elegant looker in his younger days. Something about his cheek bones and the set of his eyes reminds me of the actor who played the older Octavian in Rome, Simon Woods. (He definitely does not look like Richard Chamberlain, but there’s something there there.)

  14. Obsessed with the Musketeers and the Lady’s Not for Burning as a teen. And yes, Sarah, I realised as I was older that it was Oliver Reed who really got it going on for me.

  15. He was always so swoonworthy, even when he was parodying himself in NIP/TUCK on TV. Let”s see–favorite roles would include Shogun (though I liked the book better), Dr. Kildare, The Man in the Iron Mask, and The Three Musketeers.

  16. I didn’t know he had done Portrait of a Lady. I’m now up to episode 3 on YouTube, and I have to say, before I started watching, I thought he’d be too healthy-looking to play Ralph Touchett. But he does it convincingly.

  17. I could watch The Slipper and the Rose on an endless loop for the next two-three weeks.

    Great Hera, how I love that movie.

    1. “Rainbows raced around the room when she danced with me!!” My 11 year old self waltzing around the house for weeks to that one. I loved that movie so much!

  18. The eyes! The cheekbones, the dimples!! Ooh he was lovely! And he could act too, which made it even better. 😁

  19. I have three favourite Chamberlain film/series: The Slipper and the Rose, The Man in the Iron Mask and Shogun. Imo he has the perfect physique for 17th and 18th century costumes. And he holds himself in said costumes without slouching.

  20. I saw him playing Cyrano onstage in LA, must have been the 70s, he was good! My little heart was so proud to have liked him before I even knew what he looked like.

  21. My personal favorite is music lovers, the most artistic (though not to everyones taste) of all his films. howver, eye candy wise he got better with age, and peaked his 40s. He is hotter in thorn birds than kidlare …

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