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John Smith (1931-1995)

  1. James Garner,  Sayonara, 1956.     Jim was given Smith's smaller  role  in  compensation   for losing   the lead   to a fella named Marlon Brando. Smith was not his   real name. "You mean you've got a good name like Robert Earl Van Orden and you want to take a common name like John Smith?" asked an   incredulous judge. "Yessur, just plain John Smith," said the   future TV star of   Laramie, 1959-63.   "I'll be the only one in the business." Not that there were   many Robert Earl Van Ordens out there.
  2. Don Murray, Bus Stop, 1956. Elvis Presley was first choice for the dumbcluck cowpoke, Beauregard Decker - aka Bo - taking Marilyn Monroe’s Cherie away from all this bar singing stuff.  Elvis & Marilyn – what a wet-dream combo! Except  “Colonel” Tom Parker didn’t want nobody takin’ the shine off his boy!   Despite (or because of) Marilyn being all Stanislavsky at the time, Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift weren’t interested. And she only ever wanted Rock Hudson (more into Jane Wyman sob schlock).  Also considered: three tele-cowpokes: Fess Parker, aka Davy Crockett, John Smith, from Laramie, and the lanky Rowdy Yates on Rawhide, a  certain Clint Eastwood.Murray (the first star I interviewed at the first of my 26 Cannes festivals in 1961) won an Oscar nomination for his debut  and wed his other co-star, Hope Lange.
  3. Jim Hutton, A Time to Love and a Time to Die, 1957.    The title was chopped in half at various times by Universal before being glued back together.  Smith (born Robert Errol Van Orden) tested as a WWII Gestapo informer. So did Hutton. His debut credit read: Dana J Hutton.






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