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James Arness (1923-2011)

 

  1. Jim Davis, The Big Sky, 1951.   Howard Hawks, The Grey Fox, paid $30,000 for the rights to the rights to AB Guthrie Jr’s Western saga and turned down the tall Norwegian-American from his sf film, The Thing, 1950.   Like Arness, David became a TV star - as head of the Ewing clan in Dallas from 1978 until his death in 1981.
  2. Robert Ryan,  The Tall Men, 1954.    In the mix for  the boss of the cattle drive from Texas to Montana in  “a story of tall men - and long shadows. ”  And a Gable far too old  for his role. 
  3. Fess Parker, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, 1955.   When the loser won...  For a final check on Arness, Disney execs saw his FBI agent in Them - which  also featured Parker. “And that completely changed my life.”  And his name in France: he became Fier (proud) Parker as  fesse is arse. Arness began TV's Gunsmoke, instead,  and was still playing Marshall Matt Dillon 20 years later  -  for a final total of 297 hours!
  4. Richard Boone, The Alamo, 1959.   John Wayne’s crusade. His dream project, since the 40s. He would direct and play, maybe, just a short rôle. Sam Houston, maybe. It was Davy Crockett and he gave Houston to the Gunsmoke star. Big John had disovered Big Jim and even introduced the first episode. But Arness felt intimidated and simply “powdered” (as in: to take a powder, leave, split) and missed their TV set meeting. Duke was furious. He could never stand disloyalty. He told the then-TV director Andrew V McLaglen: “Get me the other guy you work with.” Enter: Boone from Have Gun, Will Travel.
  5. Rock Hudson, The Undefeated, 1969.    Western director Andrew V McLaglen selected s Arness -now  star of Gun Law, thanks to Duke...    Arness was willing, but strangely backed off. The homophobic Wayne approved of using Hudson as he new co-star and never said a disparaging word.

 





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