Dane Clark

  1. Alan Hale, The Man I Love, 1945.    All change. From Humphrey Bogart to Eleanor Parker, the entire March 1943 cast was dropped and repopulated for the ’45 shoot. Even then, it was not released until 1947.
  2. Sterling Hayden, The Asphalt Jungle, 1949.    After trying baseball, construction and modeling, etc, New York’s Clark turned to acting and became an early front-runner for Dix Handley in John Huston’s film noir classic.
  3. Danny Thomas, The Jazz Singer, 1952.     “You ain’t heard nuttin’ yet…” Some years earlier, Clark had been first choice for the re-make of Al Jolson’s first talkie.
  4. John Payne, 99 River Street, 1952.      A boxer before actor, Clark was first up for Ernie, the ex-heavyweight champ contender in a little film noir gem from director Phil Karlson. Said Ernie: “I coulda been the champion.” Marlon Brando had much the same line in a year later in On The Waterfront.
  5. William Holden, Picnic, 1955.      Early, early, the word keeps coming up… Clark was always there – in the early stages. But so was Holden – and there was nothing Clark or the Broadway play’s star, Ralph Meeker, could do about it. Holden had a Columbia contracy. They did not.
  6. William Holden, The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1956.    They had Alec Guinness. But that was not enough. Iconic UK director David Lean and and producer Sam Spiegel needed a much bigger US star than Clark. Cary Grant passed. Holden was paid $300,000 plus 10% profit share, at $50,000 per year… A first for Hollywood!
  7. Bernard Hill, Titanic, 1996.


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