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Brian Aherne (1902-1986)

  1. Gary Cooper, Peter Ibbetson, 1934.   Before Cooper and Ann Harding, other couples were suggested: Aherne-Harding, Fredric March-Miriam Hopkins, Robert Donat-Irene Dunne.
  2. Errol Flynn, Captain Blood, 1934.   Refused to  substitute an ill Robert  Donat (who just never turned up for work).  Errol   was in like Flynn.
  3. Leslie Howard, Romeo and Juliet, 1935.    At least, Aherne was seven years  younger than Howard’s 43!
  4. Charles Boyer, The Garden of Allah, 1935.   Among the numerous  duos juggled  by producer David Selznick was a reprise of the on (and off) screen lovers in  Song of Songs, 1933. Aherne and Dietrich. 
  5. Franchot Tone, The Gorgeous Hussy,  1935.    Once Joan Crawford won the titular Peggy O’Neal Eaton, her brand new husband became her co-star.  That was as inevitable as the Hays Office banning President Andrew Jackson’s profanity, ie Lionel Barrymore saying “damn” or “hell”!
  6. Donald Woods, A Tale of Two Cities, 1935.  “A dread of dual roles,” said producer David O Selznick, was the reason why Ronald Colman refused  to play Charles Darney as well as the hero Sydney Carton in the Dickens classic. Aherne and Robert Donat were seen for Darney.  And Colman doubled up following year in MGM’s Prisoner of Zenda
  7. Edmond Lowe, The Garden Murder Case, 1935.    The eighth of the 15 films based on SS Van Dine’s (actually, Willard Huntingdon Wright’s) snobbish, cynical bored, supercilious, dilettante detective Philo Vance. Oher Philo facts… William Powell (better known for the better Thin Man) Vanced four times, Alan Curtis and Warren Williams twice, one each for Lowe, Paul Lukas, Basil (Sherlock) Rathbone, Grant Richards, James Stephenson, William Wright… and incredibly the UK’s Wilfrid Hyde-White. But never Aherne.
  8. Clark Gable, Parnell, 1936.   Longtime on-off lovers Joan Crawford and Clark Gable made seven movies in as many years. This was not one of them. Crawford advised him to copy her and quit this “boring, pretentious” script. He stayed and Myrna Loy joined him (becoming King and Queen of Hollywood in Ed Sullivan’s poll). Crawford wuz right. Film tanked and put Gable off costume dramas... including Gone With The Wind. Aherne escaped the project in July.
  9. Henry Fonda,  I Met My Love Again, 1937.   College lovers who promised to wed meet up when she’s a widow. All together now: Ahh! Lady in question? Joan Bennett. 
  10. George Brent, They Dare Not Love, 1940.     Brent was borrowed from Warner for  Frankenstein director James Whale’s final film.


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