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Robert Mitchum Movies: 'The Yakuza' Surprising Casting, 'Ryan's Daughter' Cast Against Type

Robert Mitchum ca. late 1940s. Robert Mitchum movies 'The Yakuza,' 'Ryan's Daughter' on TCM Today, Aug. 12, '15, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series is highlighting the career of Robert Mitchum. Two of the films being shown this evening are The Yakuza and Ryan's Daughter. The former is one of the disappointingly few TCM premieres this month. (See TCM's Robert Mitchum movie schedule further below.) Despite his film noir background, Robert Mitchum was a somewhat unusual choice to star in The Yakuza (1975), a crime thriller set in the Japanese underworld. Ryan's Daughter or no, Mitchum hadn't been a box office draw in quite some time; in the mid-'70s, one would have expected a Warner Bros. release directed […]


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Robert Mitchum Movies: 'The Yakuza' Surprising Casting, 'Ryan's Daughter' Cast Against Type



Teresa Wright in 'The Best Years of Our Lives': Mammoth Blockbuster Was Career Highlight

'The Best Years of Our Lives': Blockbuster with Michael Hall, Fredric March, Myrna Loy and Teresa Wright. Teresa Wright: Missing out on 'Duel in the Sun,' but scoring with 'The Best Years of Our Lives' (See previous post: “Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock Heroine in His Favorite Movie.”) Following Casanova Brown, pregnancy prevented Teresa Wright from being (absurdly) cast as fiery “half-breed” Pearl Chavez in the film version of husband Niven Busch's 1944 bestseller Duel in the Sun. Jennifer Jones eventually landed the role.[1] Two other projects that went to other actresses were Those Endearing Young Charms (Laraine Day) and The Enchanted Cottage (Dorothy McGuire, whom she had understudied in Our Town on Broadway).[2] On loan […]


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Teresa Wright in 'The Best Years of Our Lives': Mammoth Blockbuster Was Career Highlight



Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List,' Equal Rights Amendment Supporter

Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. 1960s. Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon's 'enemies list' (See previous post: “Polly Bergen Movies: 'First American Woman President.'”) As discussed in the previous post, despite its deceptively progressive premise – the United States' first woman president as a palpable reality – Kisses for My President, written by veteran Paramount screenwriter Claude Binyon (Search for Beauty, The Gilded Lily) and newcomer Robert G. Kane (whose sole other movie credit was the poorly received Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Western Villain), was an unabashedly reactionary, “traditional family values” effort. Ironically, in real life Polly Bergen was a liberal-minded, politically active Democrat. At around the time Kisses for My President was released, Bergen, along with Gregory Peck, James Garner, […]


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Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List,' Equal Rights Amendment Supporter