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Rudy Vallee (1901-1986)

  1. Dick  Powell, Stage Struck, 1935.     When the crooner was told to rest his throat by his doctor, Warners planned to replace him with Vallee -  finally free to  return to California as  his  alimony problems had been settled.
  2. Cesar Romero, Springtime in the Rockies, 1941.      Vallee and Fred Astaire were the leads before Romero and John Payne took over. We know this from a December 201941 story outline, found in the 20th Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library.
  3. James Stewart, Harvey, 1949.     Playwright Mary Chase had final approval of the movie Elwood P Dowd, an alcoholic who sees and relates to an invisible giant rabbit called Harvey. Stewart and Joe E Brown were the only con tenders  who had played the role on-stage (Jim never stopped reviving the play in the UK and US!).  Other potential Elwoods were: Vallee, Jack Benny, James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Cary Grant and Jack Haley (The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz). 

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