Jim Davis

  1. James Craig, Swift Shift Maisie, 1942.        One Jim for another in the The seventh of ten Ann Sothern movies as Maisie Ravier. Poor Davis was dropped (into an uncredited bit) when Craig took over as Breezy. He looked god, acted bad. MGM only took him, on because he resembled Clark Gable – far away in WWII.
  2. Victor Mature,  Samson and Delilah, 1949.  Cinemperor Cecil B DeMIlle first planned the epic in 1935 for Henry Wilcoxon and Miriam Hopkins.   Next in line, producer David O Selznick envisaged Kirk Douglas and Marlene Dietrich… By ’48, CB got serious. So did James Mason – suggesting $250,000. (DeMille showed him the door). He toyed with Roberts Mitchum, Ryan and Taylor; ruled out Lex Barker (he became a five-time Tarzan) and Burt Lancaster – too  inexperienced, a bad back and  “bad” politics. Other also-rans went from longtime CB acolyte John Bromfield, Rory Calhoun, Jim Davis (future father of JR in Dallas),  Errol Flynn, William Hopper (Hedda’s son!), John Ireland, Glen Langan, Willard Parker… to the youngest new evangelist in town, Dr Billy Graham!. Then, CB was telling 22-year-old Steve Reeves, to tone down his muscularity – while packing Mature off to the gym to beef his up!  Here’s a review by Groucho Marx: “No picture can hold my interest where the leading man’s bust is larger than the leading lady’s!”!”


 Birth year: 1909Death year: 1981Other name: Casting Calls:  2