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Ralph Bellamy (1904-1991)

  1. Spencer Tracy, Man's Castle, 1933.     At one point the couple was set for Bellamy-Anita Louise, not Tracy-Loretta Young.
  2. James Stewart, Mr Smith Goes To Washington, 1938.  Before  Frank Capra and  Stewart rescued it, the Lewis R. Foster story was producer Harold Wilson’s project for Bellamy.  That’s when it was known variously as The Gentleman from Montana and The Gentleman from Wyoming - just as Capra first intended it as Mr Deeds Goes to Washington. Oh yes he did.  But  he could not  lasso Gary Cooper again. 
  3. Bruce Bennett, Mildred Pierce, 1944.   Producer Jerry Wald wanted Bellamy for the weak-willed Bert, first husband of the titular Joan Crawford in the classic film noir.  As Herman Brix, Bennett had been Tarzan, circa 1934.
  4. Leo G Carroll, Spellbound, 1944.     Also in the frame for Dr Murchison in Hitchcock’s “just another manhunt wrapped up in pseudo-psychoanalysis” - Paul Lukas, Fredric March, Alan Napier. For Bellamy this was one of the few titles missing from a 183 film career spanning Jean Harlow to Julia Roberts.

  5. Gregory Peck, Twelve O'Clock High, 1948.    
    The greatest Hollywood fiction of USAF WWII pilots, often unfairly compared to the  weaker  Command Decision - which js why Peck nearly passed.  "Duke told me he'd turned it down," recalled Peck.  "And I seized it!"   Just not that fast… Clark Gable was extremely keen on General Savage (he made Command Decision, instead). Peck read it again and  was also won over by director Henry King’s empathy for the subject. King was a pilot, himself, and he  would helm five more Peck  films). "A fine film,” said Peck, “much honoured  and  respected,  about the psychological stress of total involvement of these men.” Too honest for such a gung-ho movie-hero as John Wayne. This was Peck's finest hour; forget To Kill A Mockingbird.   Seeing him glued to his chair in a catonic state of battle-fatigue made one helluva impression on me when I saw it in, hell, I was 11 years old!  It marked me for life.  It also affected Rian Johnson, who called it an influence on his Star Wars:  Episode VII - The Last Jedi, 2016. Others in the Savage loop were Dana Andrews, Ralph Bellamy, James Cagney, Van Heflin, Burt Lancaster, Edmond O’Brien - and three-bobs-worth of Roberts: Montgomery, Preston and Young.

  6. Chill Wills, Giant, 1955.
  7. EG Marshall, The Defenders, TV, 1961-1965.    The pilot of this award-encrusted, ground-breaking legal series by 12 Angry Men author Reginald Rose was a double Studio One episode (featuringa young Steve McQueen) when the Preston lawyers, pere et fils, were played by Bellamy and William Shatner.





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