tall, dark, and handsome

tall, dark, and handsome

cliché The stereotypical traits of an attractive man, as are often found in the heroes of romance novels and films. She kept waiting for someone tall, dark, and handsome to come into her life and sweep her off her feet. Tom was wealthy and mysterious. He was tall, dark, and handsome. He was, in short, totally dreamy.
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tall, dark, and handsome

Supposedly what a woman wants in a man’s appearance. This standard description of the romantic hero found in women’s fiction of the first half of the 1900s was given further currency by the 1941 film, Tall, Dark, and Handsome. It starred dark-haired, good-looking Cesar Romero as an underworld boss who is really a softie at heart. See also strong silent type.
See also: and, handsome
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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In movies like Going My Way, The Cardinal, and The Thorn Birds, Bing Crosby, Tom Tryon, and Richard Chamberlain played Father-what-a-waste, that tall, dark, and handsome cleric who had all the lasses fainting in the aisles.