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Everett Sloane (1909-1965)

  1. Edgar Barrier,  Macbeth, 1947.   Introduced to cinema by Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (what a way to start!), Sloane was a member  of Welles’ Mercury stage  and radio company - and first choice for Banquo. But… 
  2. Micheál MacLiammóir, The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice, 1951.  The London born Irish stage star (co-founder, with his lover Hilton Edwards, of Dublin’s Gate Theatre, early home of Geraldine Fitzgerald, Michael Gambon,  James Mason, Orson Welles, et al) took over Iago as the titular Welles cut Shakespeare’s three-hour play to 90 minutes… and then took three years to film it due to his usual budget difficulties. Those delays led to Sloane striding out of the movie. Welles never forgave him and unfairly disparaged him for ever after. (Edwards played Brabantio).
  3. Jack Elam, Rawhide, 1951.    Susan Hayward was far from happy about being rough-housed - thrown to the floor -  by  Sloane.  Director Henry Hathaway obeyed orders to sack him. Enter: Elam in the  14th  of his 202 screen roles.
  4. Tom Hellmore, Vertigo, 1957.     In November 1956, Alfred Hitchcock was undecided between Lee J Cobb and Joseph Cotten for the villainous Gavin  Elster.   He then turned to Sloane and finally settled for Helmore as the suave manipiulator of  a acrophobiac James Stewart.  A rare  Hitchcock flop - he blamed it on poor Stewart    for “looking old.” (Well, he was). Hitch never worked with him again.

 

 





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