Kay Francis in 1931's Girls About Town, in which she plays an already-married gold-digger with her sites set on McCrea's respectable lawyer character.
shower room scene and later for its depiction of McCrea as a professional wrestler. Here, again, he is shown jostling around frenetically in a diminutive pair of white briefs.
Laura Hope Crews) who brings home a wife (Irene Dunne) who fails to make the grade with mom (not that any woman could!)
Alfred Hitchcock, in Foreign Correspondent. McCrea's everyman appeal was well-suited to the director's penchant for placing ordinary men in extraordinary situations. He plays a reporter who gets caught up in international espionage and narrowly escapes death more than once.
Maureen O'Hara as his wife.
In 1947, he was reunited with his Sullivan's Travels leading lady Veronica Lake in Ramrod, a grim but well-regarded tale involving ranchers versus sheepmen. Next, he had Dee join him again for Four Faces West (1948) in which he played a bandit who has robbed a bank for reasons other than greed.
With Wichita Town coming to an end in 1960, Joel McCrea was close to being ready to retire from acting. He was fifty-five years old and, thanks to smart saving and shrewd investing, was a multi-millionaire, happy to work his ranch with his wife of many years. There was still one considerable triumph yet to come, though.
McCrea and Dee, a longstanding couple who always seemed ideal, did hit a rough patch in 1966 and McCrea filed for divorce (as well as custody of their youngest son), but somehow they patched things up and continued on, eventually reconciling beautifully.