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Cornel Wilde (1989 1912-?)


  1. Van Johnson, Dr Gillespie’s New Assistant, 1942.       MGM dropped Lew Ayres as Dr Kildare when he  announced he was a conscientious objector to WWII. Then, the studio - and Lionel Barrymore’s Dr Gillespie - started hunting a new assistant… from Wilde, Dana Andrews, Rod Cameron, Charles Drake, Cornel Wilde. Oh, plus Larry Parks – whoops ! He was a future blacklist victim in 1951. Johnson made four films as  Dr Red Adams but the much trumpeted Dr Gillespie's Lady Doctor never happened.
  2. Victor Mature, Moss Rose, 1946.     In a September 19 memo to director Gregory Ratoff, head Fox Darryl Zanuck suggested Wilde and Peggy Cummins as the romantic leads. She won; he lost.
  3. Tyrone Power, That Wonderful Urge, 1948.    Back from WWII, Tyrone Power wanted grittier roles than  his old swashbucklers. So what did Fox do  but shove him in a re-make of his old 1936 movie, Love Is News. Only difference, his support players, Loretta Young and George Sanders were now Gene Tierney and Reginald Gardiner.
  4. Richard Conte,  Whirlpool, 1948.     In April 1946, an Hollywood Reporter said William Eythe would star in Otto Preminger’s psychological film-noir. Two months later, the daily noted Eythe was dropped in favour of Cornel Wilde. But Conte made the movie! With Gene Tierney. The New York Times called the whole exercise… flapdoodle.
  5. Alan Ladd, Desert Legion, 1952.      Plan A, in December ’51, was Wilde being drafted into the French Foreign Legion. Not. For. Long. Ladd took over… and played much of the film with a broken hand.
  6. Richard Conte, Highway Dragnet, 1953.      Who should be the ex-solder on the lam from the cops after a murder he did not commit? Broadway’s William Eythe was first choice in 1946, until replaced by Wilde as the WWII vet – who finally became a Korean war vet for Conte nine years later.
  7. Richard Todd, The Virgin Queen, 1954.        Shooting was delayed three years while Darryl Zanuck worked on a semi-retired Bette Davis to play Queen Elizabeth I a second time. During which time Sir Walter Raleigh changed from Wilde in 1952, Richard Burton, Burt Lanacster to the  to the always heroic Todd.
  8. Rock Hudson, Giant, 1955.
  9. James Dean, Giant, 1955.
  10. Bill Travers, Bhowani Junction,  1955.      MGM  made John Masters’  India novel in…Pakistan! After  quickly selecting Ava Gardner and Stewart Granger and proving undecided about Taylor, the oafish “cheechee”  railway station manager.    Wilde, Edmund Purdom or Michael Wlding?  Purdom simply split, and  for some reason, Travers knocked the other two out of the park.  Because he was surly and lost looking?
  11. John Derek, The Ten Commandments, 1955.       Wilde was pretty.  New boy Derek was prettier. And won Joshua when director CB DeMille re-made his 1922 silent version  as his final Biblical epic at age 75. 








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