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Steve Reeves (1926-2000)

  1. Victor Mature,Samson and Delilah, 1949.  The name’s the same…  Various authoritative soruces insist the 1962-1968 Superman George  Reeves was up for the title role. Rubbish!  That was Steve, that was. He quit  when producer-director CB De Mille ordered him to lose 15 lbs. Not  what you say to someone in training for winning Mr Universe the following year at 23... and eventually starting the muscle-bound Z-movie Italian schmepix with Le Fatiche di Ercole/Hercules, 1958, influencing everyone from lowly Reg Park to mighty Arnold Schwarzenegger.  (Super-Reeves did play The Wounded Messenger). Steve was better looking than the other also-rans: Rory Calhoun, Jim Davis, Errol Flynn, William Hopper (Hedda’s son), John Ireland, Burt Lancaster, Glen Langan, Willard Parker, Steve Reeves, Roberts Ryan and Taylor, Murvyn Vye, Jeff York and even the newest evangelist in town, Dr Billy Graham. Here’s a Samson review by Groucho Marx: “No picture can hold my interest where the leading man's bust is larger than the leading lady's!"
  2. Gordon Scott, Romolo e Remo (US: Duel of the Titans), Italy-France, 1961. Reeves refused to play the twins Romulus and Remus - and suggested his mate, Gordon Scott, for Remus.  In case the fickle US public forgot its heroes, they were billed as “Steve (Hercules) Reeves and Gordon (Tarzan) Scott.”  Scott was later Hercules in musclebound pot-boilers. And worse… .the 2001 video release of Agi Murad il diavlo (UK: The White Warrior), 1958, rightly cited Reeve as the star… over a photo of Scott.
  3. Donald O’Connor, Le meraviglie di Aladino (US: The Wonders of Aladdin, France-Italy-US, 1961.   Originally, this was to be part of Reeves’ three-picture deal with Italy’s Lux combine. (Not the soap). Instead, he became Morgan il pirata (US: Morgan, the Pirate), 1959, and Il ladro di Bagdad (US: The Thief of Baghdad, 1960.
  4. Jean Pommier, Les Petits Drames, France, 1961.    “I only did two Hercules films, but everyone seems to think I did ten.” By 1961, he wanted a change and was quite happy to test himself in clothes - and why not in a tiny French feature that no one would see. The two-week budget was a mere 6,000 Francs, everyone worked for free, and it was edited by realisateur Paul Vecchiali in the salon of his main stars, Ncole Courcel and Michel Piccoli, at 53 avenue Montaigne, in Paris. OK, said Steve. Oh no, barked his agent...”There are ten pages and six lines that Steve is not in!”
  5. Sean Connery, Dr No, 1962.
  6. Clint Eastwood, Per un pugno di dollari/ For A Fistful Of Dollars, Italy-Spain-West Germany, 1964.    
  7. Ron Ely,Doc Savage: Man of Bronze, 1975.      A decade earlier, a Doc Savage tale, The Thousand Headed Man, was rapidly churnnd  into a Chuck Connors Western (Ride Beyond Vengeance, 1965) when the producers could not cut a deal with the estate of Doc creator Lester Dent.  Producer George  Pal got the OK from Dent’s widow, Norma, for a film franchise and future TV. The fans wanted Steve. George Pal didn’t like his voice (fans had never knew it; his Italian thud ’n’ blunders were dubbed; his real voice had been heard only in  Ed Wood’s Jail Bait, 1953, and MGM’s Athena, 1954). A film was born but the the series was stillborn.writers’ strike got in  the way and once that was over, Reeves was gone.  Numerous hopefuls  were seen before Pal chose the tele-Tarzan, more wild than Savage.. Film flopped and Doc was not heard of again until  Dwayne Johnson got keen on a Doc franchise in 2018. 

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