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Dennis Morgan (1908-1994)

  1. Harry Stockwell, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937.     Morgan, Alan Jones, Felix Knight and Douglas McPhall were beaten to voicing The Prince who would some day come - by the future father of actor brothers Guy and Dean Stockwell. The toon classic was the fourth of Stockwell’s eight movies… in 38 years.  

  2. Pat  O’Brien,  Knute Rockne - All American (UK: A Modern Hero), 1939.     “Win one for The Gipper”  is one of the lines in US cinema. And, good grief, Ronnie Reagan made it happen! Trying to rev up a fast imploding career as everyone’s best pal, Reagan suggested that Jack Warner should film the story of Knute,  the legendary Notre Dame football coach. “And I could play George Gipp.” You're too small.  Reagan promptly produced an old photo of him playing college football - he was actually bigger than The Gipper. Bye bye Morgan, Robert Cummings, William Holden, Robert Young.  Oh,  and John Wayne.  James Cagney was ruled out by Notre Dame University for the biopic of its football coach.  So,  his  pal got his dream role.

  3. Errol Flynn, The Sea Hawk, 1939.     All set for Morgan and Geraldine Fitzgerald, until the Flynn-De Havilland duo bred dollars galore in Captain Blood (also written by Rafael Sabatini), The Adventures of Robin Hood and Dodge City. In his third, more successful movie career (after being Stanley Morner, then Richard Stanley), the “small-time opera singer” was just too much of a nice guy - in musicals and Westerns - to handle bold leads. Flynn took over the Rafael Sabatini hero - with Brenda Marshall instead of Olivia De Havilland, suffering swashbuckler and/or Flynn fatigue They made seven movies together and she swore he never got her into bed.
  4. Ronald Reagan, Kings Row, 1941.     John Garfield in a role played  by Reagan?!!   Well, this wasn’t Bedtime With Bonzo!  Morgan, Eddie Albert, Franchot Tone were also up for the orphaned playboy, Drake McHugh.   Reagan’s finest hour as an actor, particularly when realising his legs were  amputated: “Where's the rest of me?”   (This became the title of his 1965 autobio and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s score was played during Reagan’s inauguration as the 40th US President (1981-1989). 
  5. Humphrey Bogart,  Casablanca, 1941.
  6. Humphrey Bogart, Across The Pacific, 1942.      The studio pencilled in the Wings For The Eagle duo, Dennis and Ann Sheridan. Director John Huston preferred to keep the faith with his Maltese Falconers:  Humphrey Bogart  and Mary Astor. Dennis replaced the movie-fatigued Bogart in God Is My Co-Pilot, 1945. 
  7. Gene Kelly, Cover Girl, 1943.     In February, Columbia started negotiating a loan of Morgany from Warner  until changing talks to MGM for the new kid  in town. Charles Vidor was director, but Kelly was allowed to run almost everything… in only his sixth film! And first choregraphics (with Broadway chum Stanley Donen). He removed sound stage walls to shoot a dancing in the street routine in one take… and pranced with himself in the Alter Ego SFX number. Quite the musical Orson Welles.
  8. Glenn Ford, A Stolen Life, 1945.     This was a BD Production and BD called the shots. Bette Davis. Warners preferred the cheaper contractees Morgan or Robert Alda to her choice of Ford. BD then made a secret test with GF and Jack Warner caved and paid Columbia for his services. Together with Gilda, this film reopened GF’s career after two WWII years in the Marines. And explains he did the same for her in his Pocketul of Miracles, 1960. Now how she saw it. “That shitheel wouldn't have helped me out of a sewer!”
  9. Robert Alda, Cinderella Jones, 1945.         Morgan was the initial Warner Bros choice for Tommy Coles - one of two suitors eager to comply with a will’s marriage deadline clause of Joan Leslie’s surprise heiress to a fortune. 
  10. Ronald Reagen, The Girl From Jones Beach, 1948.   In April, The Hollywood Reporter insisted Morgan would topline what became a rare Reagan comedy.   Until his Washington years.
  11. David Niven, A Kiss in the Dark, 1948.      Lauren Bacall and Morgan (Bogie’s usual substitute) passed this flimsy comic caper to Jane Wyman and and a poor Niven - “punched and pummeled, said New York Times critic Bosley Crowther, “caught in a bear-trap and hit by falling bricks... passably amusing but nothing to split your sides.”
  12. Mario Lanza, Serenade, 1955.   Imagine turning  a James M Cain novel into a Mario Lanza musical! Despite four songs in the first  20 minutes, the (fat) Lanza’s comeback, after four years off-screen, flopped. In 1944, the plan had been Morgan and Ann Sheridan.  The novel, said web critic David Vineyard, was  dark, sensual, powerful, shocking, blatantly sexual, violent, noirish, symbolic.  And the film?  “Tired, trite, empty, slick, pointless.”




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