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Eddie Fisher (1928-2010)

  1. Dean Martin, The Young Lions, 1957.    Tony Randall was  dumped to help save  Dino’s solo career -  while all the time Fisher was pushing to be Michael Whietacre. “Not this time,”  said producer Al Lichtman, “but I promise you will be in my next film.” Then, Lichtman died…

  2.  Larry Blyden, What Makes Sammy Run?, TV, 1959.  
    “I knew a lot of real Sammy Glicks and felt confident that was a character I could play.” It was 1955 and the singer’s agent, the mighty Lew Wasserman, wasn’t sure if Fisher could hack drama and anyway, what Eddie called  the ultimate Jewish hustler was  a classic negative Jewish stereotype that pissed off Wasserman (and San Goldwyn who’d tried go stop publication).  It was too close for their comfort.  So they even implied anti-Semitisim, which Schulberg  scoffed at - “ Sammy’s  victims were also Jewish.”  (It’s like calling any film about Robertg Madoff, anti-Semitic). All this explains  why Fisher made his screen debut in a dumb sit-com with his wife Debbie Reynolds -  Bundle of Joy, 1955 - making hay out of the birth of their daughter, the future princess Leia, Carrie Fisher. The Budd (and Stuart) Schubert script was divided into two halves for  Breck’s  Sunday Showcase on NBC in 1959,  Delbert Mann directing Larry Blyden (who?) as Sammy, the book became a Steve Lawrence musical on Broadway in 1964.  Cinema?  Nada! Wasserman apparently warned Tony Curtis off the project.
    “Sinatra nearly happened once,” Budd  told me at the 1989 Deauville festival, when he could see only Tom Cruise as the hack reporter lying, cheating,  backstabbing his way to the top of Hollywood’s power game. “Steven Spielberg said it was anti-Hollywood and should never be filmed,” laughed Budd (adding: “Something a bit boring about him”).  Yet, Spielberg’s DreamWorks bought  the rights for Ben Stiller to actor-direct. Or,  to block it, for ever more. Which is exactly what happened between 1992-2009 - and ever since!

  3.  Al Martino,  The Godfather, 1971.

 

 






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