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Eddie Albert (1906-2005)

  1. Henry Fonda, The Story of Alexander Graham Bell, 1938.    Head Fox Darryl F Zanuck got his own way about “containing too much science and not enough romance.”   Not about who should be  the best friend of the man who invented the telephone.
  2. Ronald Reagan, Kings Row, 1941.    John Garfield in a role played  by Reagan?!!   Well, this wasn’t  Bedtime With Bonzo!  Albert, Dennis Morgan, Franchot Tone were also up for the orphaned playboy,  Drake McHugh -  Reagan’s finest hour as an actor, particularly when realising his legs were  amputated: “Where's the rest of me?”  (This became the title of his 1965 autobio and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s score was played during Reagan’s inauguration as the 40th US President (1981-1989). 
  3. Henry Fonda, The Big Street, 1942.   Tested with Citizen Kane's Dorothy Comingore.  Writer Damon Runyon hated the result and tried to match Fonda and Merle Oberon.  RKO  loved him,  hated her. “No box-office appeal.”
  4. Gary Cooper, The Pride of the Yankees, 1942.    Producer Samuel Goldwyn won the battle to make a biopic of baseball great Lou Gehrig - who died at 40 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), after a moving farewell to his fans:  “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” His widow, Eleanor, wanted Cooper or Spencer Tracy to play Lou. They were not alone. Also on the mound before Cooper signed on were Albert, Brian Donlevy, Cary Grant. Pus two other real sports heroes: ex-New York Yankee pitcher Waite Hoyt and middle-weight champion boxer Billy Soos. Gehrig appeared as himself in Rawhide, 1937, his only film despite being listed by producer Sol Lesser to head his Tarzan series. Until seeing Lou’s legs. “More functional than decorative.”
  5. Eddie Fisher, BUtterfield 8, 1959.  Change of Eddies… Elizabeth Taylor hated the script and only made it as her MGM finale in order to be free for her $1m Cleopatra payday. (When she nearly died on that epic, she won her first Oscar for this trash - her word. Her second Oscar was for acting - in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, 1965). Her deal also insisted that her soon-to-be fourth husband be given a rôle. Bye-bye-Albert! (Title is the call-girl’s  phone number).
  6. Fred MacMurray, My Three Sons, TV, 1960-1972.    Each network wanted a MacMurray series. CBS offered Perry Mason, ABC suggested untouchable Eliot Ness before Fred acc  epted Steve Douglas, TV Guide’s seventh Greatest TV Dad of All Time. Albert was among  the other choices.. Fred, who brought sandwiches to work, shot  his scenes for each season in two sessions, 35 days at a time. Then, the cast  shot the rest without him as  he took ten weeks off. Albert’s own show, Green Acres, 1965-1971, lasted 170 episodes compared to Fred’s 380.
  7. Alan Young, Mister Ed, TV, 1961-1966.      Albert steered clear of series clear until Green Acres, 1965-71, as... Oliver  Douglas.
  8. Robert Wagner, Switch, 1975-1978.    Producer Glen A Larson felt good about persuading Albert back to TV - four years after his 19675-1971 Green Acres show was cancelled. Albert  however, had one condition. He wanted to be the hero, Pete Ryan, and get all the girls. He had to be  politely reminded that he was… 69.  Robert Wagner played  Ryan in The Sting rip-off and Albert becme ex-cop Frank MacBride for the full 70 episodes.
  9. Burgess Meredith, The Day of the Locust, 1975.    UK director  John Schlesinger had trouble finding Karen Black's old music-hall star father.  Cagney and Red Skelton refused, upset at the way Hollywood was portrayed in Nathaniel West's novel. Knowing the bitter truths about the town after being a McCarthy blacklist victim, Meredith not only approved  the portrait - he stole the movie.
  10. Jackie Cooper, Superman, 1978.



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