The actors are Jack Carson, Ralph Meeker, Wayne Morris and the always dishy Guy Madison (pictured in order, right).
I started thinking: Do I still like them because they were actually talented (which they all were, in one way or another) or because I was somehow attracted to them in those formative years before I really understood what it meant when one man was attracted to another?
Jack Carson was good in everything he did -- notably "Mildred Pierce" (1945) which proved he was an actor with range and talent.
Ralph Meeker has a lot more going for him than a great ass -- truly. Just watch a few minutes of "Kiss Me Deadly" (1955) and you'll know what I mean.
Wayne Morris was good in the early years of his career (the 1930s) especially "Kid Galahad" (1937).
Then there is Guy Madison. Sigh. Guy Madison: dead ten years and still as hot as the day he first appeared in front of the camera ("Since You Went Away," 1944). No one could ever mistake him for a man with talent -- at least, not acting talent. But put him in a pair of Navy pants, and -- wowwee!
So, I guess I answered my question.