Maurice Evans


  1. Charles Boyer, The Garden of Allah, 1936.    Odd entrant in the list for Dietrich’s ex-monk lover was the UK thespian who quit movies in 1935 to bring Shakesperare to America, 1936-1946, including three successive Broadway Hamlets. He resumed his screen career, 1951-1990.
  2. Gregory Peck, The Keys of the Kingdom, 1944. Peck’s breakthrough… Producer David O Selznick gave up and sold the AJ Cronin novel to Fox when he could not find the perfect Father Francis Chisholm. Prospective directors included Nunnally Johnson and Alfred Hitchcock before Joseph L Mankiewicz took over. Contenders included Evans, Dana Andrews, Joseph Cotten, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Dean Jagger, Gene Kelly, Franchot Tone, Spencer Tracy, Orson Welles… plus the most unlikely Catholic missionaries of all: Alan Ladd and Edward G Robinson! JLM finally signed Peck in July 1943 for his second film – and first Oscar nomination.
  3. Gregory Peck, The Paradine Case, 1946.     After musing on Shakesperians Evans and Laurence Olivier (plus Alan Marshal, James Mason)for the lawyer defending murder suspect Alida Valli, producer David O Selznick and Alfred Hitchcock (who wanted Ronald Colman or Joseph Cotten)inexplicably went with Mr Cardboard.


 Birth year: 1901Death year: 1989Other name: Casting Calls:  3