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Jack Carson (1910-1963)

 

  1. Zachary Scott, Mildred Pierce, 1944.     Carson was seen for the opening murder victim, Mildred’s second husband, lounge lizard Monte Beragon, muttering “Mildred” as he dies… Instead, director Michael Curtiz gave Carson another slimeball, real estate agent Wally Fay in Joan Crawford’s classic film noir.  
  2. Robert Alda, The Man I Love, 1945.    Titles changed (Night Shift, Why Was I Born?), directors changed (Lloyd Bacon to Raoul Walsh), even the release dates (from ’46 to ’47), plus the stars (Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan to Robert Alda and Ida Lupino), so why not the support troops… Even then, it was not released until 1947.
  3. William Bendix, The Babe Ruth Story, 1948.    Even when it changed its name to Allied Artists, the  Hollywood majors didn’t approve of lowly Monogram Pictures  - home of  The Young Rascals, Bomba The Jungle Boy and the  soon to be Oscar-winning  Mirisch brothers. So, Warner Bros refused to loan out Carsopn. Also on the diamond for the baseball great were Paul Douglas, Dennis Morgan, even Orson Welles. But Babe chose Bendix. The cliché-ridden biopic was rushed to enable Babe to leave his hospital bed for the July 26 1948 premiere. He died 21 days later. Bendix didn’t resemble him until wearing a new nose.  (How Welles would have loved that).




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