Ian Keith

  1. Bela Lugosi, Dracula, 1930.      Chaney was dead before the script was ready.  Conrad Veidt was first choice to succeed him. Paul Muni refused to be third.  Also in the vampire mix:  Keith, John Carradine, William Courtenay. Enter: Broadway’s Dracula (during a legendary 1927-1930 run). He refused to be Frankenstein’s monster the following year. Enter: Boris Karloff. By-bye Bela! That’s the way it goes in Film City.
  2. Bela Lugosi, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1947.     Seventeen years earlier, the Bostonian Keith (119 screen roles during 1924-1959) had been up for Dracula. No he was sought for Baron F opposite the unctuous Bud and Lou.
  3. Rhys Williams, The Kentuckian, 1954.     In October, Keith quit Burt Lancaster’s directing debut because of ulcer problems. When well again. Keith completed 118 screen roles since 1924.

 Birth year: 1899Death year: 1960Other name: Casting Calls:  3