Richard Whorf

  1. John Garfield, Dangerously They Live, 1940.      For Whorf (a future director  and Priscilla Lane as the UK spy and DC medic uncovering a Nazi spy ring, read… Nancy Coleman and, punching way below his weight, Garfield.
  2. Lloyd Nolan, Bataan, 1942.       Although Whorf was announced as Corporal Barney Todd  on the first day of shooting, Nolan played the role –  as part, really, of Robert Taylor’s Dirty Dozen-plus-one in what came over as a re-make of  John Ford’s 1933 war film, The Lost Patrol.  Whorf started directing in 1942 and is best known for his work with The Beverly Hillbillies during 1962-1964
  3. Dennis O’Keefe, The Story of Dr Wassell, 1943.      When first choices Alan Ladd and Robert Preston joined the real WWII… Whorf, Dana Andrews, Alan Baxter, James Brown, Michael O’Shea, Walter Reed, Barry Sullivan were also seen for Hoppy Hopkins, the wounded sailor inspired to live by the love of Carol Thurston’s native nurse, Tremartini, inevitably nicknamed Three Martini. New York Times critic Bosley Crowther called it “hoopla warfare in a Technicolor blaze… True, such a thing did happen. But not this way, we’ll bet a hat!”
  4. Addison Richards, A Guy Named Joe, 1943. In, then out of the WWII drama (“something prankish and wistfully imaginative,” saiod the New York Timss)  with Spencer Tracy as a… a ghost.   This is one of Steven Spielberg’s favourite movies; so how come he made such a dog’s breakfast out of his 1989 re-make, Always.

 Birth year: 1906Death year: 1966Other name: Casting Calls:  4