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Eva Marie Saint

 

  1. Irene Papas, Tribute To A Bad Man, 1955.     When Grace Kelly cooled (she was hoping for Giant), Spencer Tracy began to question his own interest on the project. All the more so when finding a replacement proved as troublesome as his health. No one wanted the part: Saint, Jennifer Jones, Dorothy McGuire, Marjorie Steele, etc. Although impressed by Eva in On The Waterfront, Spence voted McGuire (not for the first time). Director Robert Wise preferred “the simply awful Greek” - of whom Tracy had also commented: “Boy or girl?”
  2. Shirley Jones, Oklahoma! 1955.   He saw both but director Fred Zinnemann wanted actors rather than singers. Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Paul Newman, Dale Robertson, Robert Stack, plus singers Vic Damone and   Howard Keel, as Curly… Ann Blyth, Ailene Roberts, Eva Marie Saint, Joanne Woodward and singers Kathryn Grayson, Jane Powell… or even Piper Laurie for Laurey… Ernest Borgnine, Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin, Rod Steiger or Eli Wallach as poor Jud Fry. For a wee while, it looked as if Woodward and future husband Paul Newman would be Laurey and Curly. However, the musical’s parents had casting approval - Rodgers and Hammersteinagreed only about Steiger.  And Oklahoma was played by Arizona!
  3. Kim Novak, The Eddy Duchin Story, 1955.  Both Saint and Joan Fontaine were seen for the 30s/40s’ pianist-bandleader’s first wife, Marjorie Oelrichs. (She died in childbirth). Director George Sidney preferred Novak.  Younger, he said. And not a word about her being under contract to the film’s backer, Columbia. Tyrone Power was an effective Duchin.  
  4. Joanne Woodward, The Long Hot Summer,1957.  Martin Riitt wanted EMS - they’d worked together at the Actors Studio - and No Down Paymentin 1956. Ritt also highly rated Woodward. “She was tougher to cast [than husband Paul] Newman] because she was just a very good actress.” But Fox was a hot for her due to first reports about her Three Facesof Eve.  And so the Newmans-to-be  won spent two monhs on location in Louisiana.

  5. Janet Leigh, Psycho, 1959. 
    Obvious first choice, after North By Northwest, for The  Master's master stroke.  "What if we got a big-name actress to play the girl? Nobody will expect her to die… {The film] was a big joke," Hitchcock told BBC’s Monitor in 1964."I was horrified to find some people took it seriously." Aided by his wife, Alma, Hitch took his time selecting his most famous murder victim, Marion Crane.   Angie Dickinson, Martha Hyer, Shirley Jones, Hope Lange, Piper Laurie, Lee Remick, Eva Marie Saint  and Lana Turner all missed the most infamous shower scene of 78 camera angles and 52 cuts in its three minutes,shot during December 17-23, 1959, with Leigh and body double Marli Renfro. “Just 52 pieces of film stuck together,” said Hitchcock. Dickinson had her own big shower moment 19 years later in Dressed To Kill.  Of course she did - her director was the infernal Hitch copier, Brian De Palma. Which is why he also also used a body double… and then made a film, called just that. Alexandre O Philippe made a better one, 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene, 2016, telling us all we ever wanted to know about what made Jane Leigh take baths for the rest of her life. As to ace credits designer Saul Bass actually directing the sequence, that’s a whole other story. Leigh said he didn’t.  He assured me he did!

  6. Maria Schell, Cimarron,1960.    The mopey German beat Saint to the titular Glenn Ford’s wife, Sabra Cravat, in the second film of Edna Ferber’s typicably epic novel...  The first 1931 version won the Best Film Oscar. This one did not. Ferber hated it. “I shan’t go into the anachronisms in dialogue; the selection of a foreign-born actress to play an American-born bride; the repetition; the bewildering lack of sequence.... This old gray head turned almost black during those two (or was it three?) hours.”
  7. Tippi Hedern, Marnie, 1963.    And again…  When it proved (royally, politically) impossible for Grace Kelly to return to the screen as, of all  things for a serene princess to play, a compulsive (and frigid) thief, Alfred Hitchcock cast a wider net.  He totally engulfed the unknown Griswold (Mrs Sydney Pollack)…  then,  the  British  Susan Hampshire,   his mousey pactee Vera Miles, Lee Remick  and Saint  - Hitch called her “the holiest of actresses.”
  8. Julie Andrews, Torn Curtain, 1965.   EMS (from North By North West was “too old)) , Samantha Eggar and, naturally, his (unsuccessful) discovery Tippi Hedren were in the Hitchcock frame for the film forced upon The Old Master by Universal. So were the stars: Andrews and Paul Newman.   (As he told me in London on April 21, 966: Casting is the first compromise). "I did not have to act,” said Julie. “I merely went along for the ride. The kick
  9. Anne Bancroft, The Graduate, 1967.   
  10. Joan Hackett, Will Penny, 1967.     Lee Remick refused it, Jean Simmons was unavailable, and Saint was "closer, physically, to our frontier woman," noted Charlton Heston in his diary, "and a good actress to boot."
  11. Kim Hunter, Planet of the Apes, 1967.
  12. Faye Dunaway,  The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968.    Having made The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, with her, Canadian director Norman Jewison announced her as the insurance investigator. Too old, screamed the suits. OK, the director drew up a dreamy wish list:  Anouk Aimé,  Brigitte Bardot, Candice Bergen, Leslie Caron, Julie Christie, Vanessa Redgrave, Sharon Tate,   Raquel Welch… and his star, Steve McQueen, suggested testing Camilla Sparv.  However, there was a  bonnier (not classier) blonde in town. “I’ve just seen an early print of Bonnie and Clyde, ”said Jewison,  “and you’re gonna spend eight hours kissing her!”

 

 

 

 

 





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