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Lee Bowman (1914-1979)

  1. Tommy Dix, Best Foot Forward, 1942.        When MGM bought the rights from Columbia, it also wanted to loan the Broadway show’s dance director -  a certain Gene Kelly!  Columbia czar Harry Cohn refused. He had wanted to co-star Kelly and Rita Hayworth and now ordered  them into Cover Girl, instead. After checking out Bowman and Ray MacDonald, MGM took Dix from the stage hit. Gil Stratton, Broadway’s Bud, was rushed into Girl Crazy  with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.
  2. Willard Parker, One Way To Love, 1945.         OK, but not the comedy of the year. Yet there was a battle royale for the lead: from Bowman and Cary Grant to Chester Morris, Dennis O’Keefe. Despite the Hail the Chief working title, it was about LA radio writers and not any POTUS in Washington.
  3. Keenan Wynn, The Thrill of Brazil, 1948.   Change of Steve (when Bowman fell ill) in the romantic mash-up. Wynn still loves ex-wife Evelyn Keyes but his revue star Ann Miller loves him while Tito Guizer loves her. Few loved the movie.




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