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Burl Ives (1909-1995)

  1.  Walter Brennan, Rio Bravo, 1958.
  2. Joseph N Welch, Anatomy of a Murder, 1958.     Spencer Tracy rejected it - too small a role - so the burly Burl  felt obliged to follow suit. Welch, a real judge, almost stole the movie. From a book by another judge, Robert Traver aka Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker.  In the 1954 Army-McCarthy Senate hearings, Welch became a star because of his famous rebuke of Senator Joseph McCarthy: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”
  3. Thomas Mitchell, Pocketful Of Miracles, 1960.  Ives, Charles Laughton, Fredric March, Edward G Robinson - for what proved his last (and  unhappiest) gig,  director Frank Capra went through many possibilities for the perfect Judge Henry Blake.  And when he got him, Jackie Oakie fell ill and his scenes were re-shot with Mitchell. 
  4. Adolfo Celi, Thunderball, 1965.
  5. Anthony Quinn, Zorba The Greek, 1965.
  6. James Gregory, Beneath The Planet of the Apes, 1970.    The mask, more than the suit had already putOrson Welles off playing gorilla General Ursus.“You can’t act witha mask,” he thundered.


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