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Charles Coburn (1877-1961)

  1. Monty Woolley, The Man Who Came To Dinner, 1941.       Howard Hawks wanted Cary Grant. Orson Welles wanted to direct - and have the titular role. Bette Davs wanted John Barrymore as her co-star, but he could no longer remember his lines anymore. Charles Coburn simply refused to test  He must heve heard that tests of Robert  Benchley and Laird Cregar were respectively attacked as “too mild-mannered” and “overblown and extravagant,” by producer Hal Wallis. Director William Keighley also saw Charles Laughton and  Fredric March before asking the Broadway play’s star to reprise the titular  Sheridan Whiteside.
  2. Edward Arnold, The Devil and Daniel Webster, 1941.       Poor Thomas Mitchell lost control of his horse-drawn carriage and was flung out onto the road during a scene, fracturing his skull and requiring hospitalisation for 17 weeks. Director William Dieterl called up first Coburn, then Arnold to take over the title tole - and he re-shot all the Mitchell footage.
  3. Lionel Barrymore, It's A Wonderful Life1946. 
  4. C Aubrey Smith, Little Women, 1948.      Set for Laurie’s grandfather in 1946 before producer David O Selznick and his wife, Jennifer Jones, were greatly fatigued, physically and emotionally, from making Duel in  the Sun and passed the project (and director Mervyn LeRoy) to MGM to inaugurate its 25th anniversary agenda.  Grandad was Smith’s 112th and final role.


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