Re: RARA-AVIS: Changing standards for muscularity

From: jacquesdebierue (
Date: 26 Mar 2008

--- In, David Wright <dwright333@...> wrote:
> ..and not half bad:
> (
> ...though no Mitchum, who (together w/ Lancaster)
> seems to have been the ideal of barrel-chested
> mid-century virility, and who loses his shirt
> quite a few movies. Both impressive physiques,
> but not hyper-pneumatically so in the spirit of
> the current Rambo standard (really just a male
> equivalent of the silicone jungle), cartoonish
> enough to make Steve Reeves and Jayne Mansfield
> appear semi-normal.

Kirk Douglas and William Holden were also in the muscular mix with Lancaster and Mitchum. I think boxing was a popular workout in the forties and fifties.



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