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Peter Lawford (1923-1984)

  1. Tom Drake, Meet Me In St Louis, 1943.      Drake, Lawford, Van Johnson, Robert Walker… Most of MGM’s young blades were in the frame for The Boy Next Door to Judy Garland - livid at 21 to be playing a teenager again until falling for the story and the director. Vincente Minnelli. (Liza arrived in 1946).  
  2. Van Johnson, A Guy Named Joe, 1943.   Johnson was smashed up in a car crash on March 31, 1943.  MGM decided to to replace him with Lawford or John  Hodiak. No, thundered the film’s top stars, Spencer Tracy and Irene Dunne. Wait until he’s fit again." Shooting shuttered fort more  than three months -  during which time Dunne knocked off White Cliffs of Dover  with Johnson in a thank-you cameo.  Joe is high among Steven Spielberg’s favourite films, not that you’d know it from his dog’s breakfast of a re-tread, Always, 1989.
  3. Van Johnson, In The Good Old Summertime, 1948.    MGM had more stars… than they knew what to do with. Example: Andy was Gene Kelly, who  became Peter Lawford,  who became Frank Sinatra who became Johnson! The ever-boyish Johnson amassed 122 screen credits in 52 years.
  4. John Dehner, Plymouth Adventure, 1952. Once Spencer Tracy got his say about having Gene Tierney as his co-star on the voyage of the Mayflower, he gave in about Dawn Addams (main squeeze of Metro suit Benny Thau) but totally rejected Lawford as carpenter John Alden on the Pilgrim Fathers’ Mayflower, circa 1620. According to Tracy’s brother, Frank: “Lawford was never prepared and was a kind of an airhead.  And Spence did, literally, tell him: Get the hell out of here!”
  5. Farley Granger, Small Town Girl, 1952.   Talk about meet cute… Rich kid gets arrested for speeding in a tiny township - and falls for the sheriff’s daughter. She was Jane Powell. No question about that. But MGM had such difficulty finding the playboy among its own ranks - Lawford, Van Johnson, Dean Miller and Ricardo Montalban - that it borrowed Granger from Samuel Goldwyn Productions. Of the MGM boys, only Miller won a role. As Mac. (There’s always a Mac). 
  6. John Gavin, Back Street, 1960.     For the third Hollywood take on Fannie Hurst’s notorious weepie, the married guy with Susan Hayward as a mistress was a battle between  Lawford, Steve Forrrest, William Holden, Gregory Peck… and “how old Cary Grant?” was just that - “too old.”  In her July 15 column, gossip queen Hedda Hopper stupidly suggested Gavin. Hadn’t the great know-all heard that Hitchcock called him The Stiff the year before during Psycho). Bet she never mentioned Gavin never made another Hollywood film for six years!
  7. Victor Buono,Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?  l962.    Lawford said of the weirdo role of Edwin Flagg: "It's a spot I wouldn't have given to my dry-cleaner."
  8. William Windom, The Farmer’s Daughter, TV, 1963-1966.   She was Loretta Young in the 1946 movie,  then Lee Remick (with Peter Lawford) in an NBC tele-film. But when that gelled an ABC series, the couple became Inger Stevens (as Swedish as the character) and William Windom.  A 1940 Martha Raye comedy with  the same title is not the same story. 
  9. Bing Crosby , Robin and the 7 Hoods, 1964.      When the Kennedys fell out with Sinatra, the Brother-in-Lawford took the brunt of Ole Blue Eyes’ wrath and was dropped from The Clan.  And its movies.  Well, this was the last one after Ocean’s Eleven, 1960, and Soldiers 3, 1962.

 

 





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