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James Ellison (1910-1993)

  1. James Stewart, Vivacious Lady, 1937.       When Stewart fell ill and then had to report to his next MGMovie, Of Human Hearts, Ellison and Douglas Fairbanks Jr were possible substitutes. Director George  Stevens wisely  waited until Jim was available again - and then had Ellison play Keith, the sadsack losing showgirl Ginger Rogers to Stewart’a university prof. 
  2. Gene Raymond, Cross-Country Romance, 1939.   In the blink of an eye, Lucille Ball-James Ellison became Wendy Barrie-Gene Raymond - obvious replacements  as  they’d already had a romantic road-rrip comedy five years before, Love on a Bet.  (And indeed the plot of this one matches that of another Raymond romance: The Bride Walks Out, 1936. Back on-screen after missing for two years, Raymond was wed to singing star Jeannette MacDonald, during 1937-1965.
  3. John Hubbard, Secrets of the Underground, 1942.    Second Mr District Attorney case based on Phillips H Lord’s radio series for a Republic franchise that was plainly going nowhere after Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case , 1941. Ellison (usually in B Westerns) was dropped, likewise the now offending Mr District Attorney was struck from the title. End of series. Well, Columbia trie to revive it, with no more luck, starring Dennis O’Keefe as Mr District Attorney, 1946, and changing names to the more 40s’ Steve Bennett from the very Clifton Webb-ish P. Cadwallader Jones. This one is only famous for cutting the fatuous suggestion that Joan Blair’s Betty must be a hooker because she burns incense in her apartment!

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