Payday Loans
Edmond O'Brien (1915-1985)


  1. Herbert Marshall, Ivy, 1946.      Joan Fontaine’s literally poison Ivy is married with a lover on the side when she fancies the wealthy Miles Rushworth’s money. Sole problem: how to get rid of the others?   Simple! Kill one. Frame t’other.
  2. Jeffrey Lynn, Black Bart, 1947.      When the title was still undecided between Adventures of Black Bart, Highwaymanand The Legend of Black Bart, there was a change of pal for the titular Dan Duryea - otherwise engaged in falling head over gun-belt for Yvonne De Carlo as  none other than… Lola Montes!
  3. Gregory Peck, Twelve O'Clock High, 1948.     "Duke told me he'd turned it down," said Peck. "And I seized it!"   Just not that fast… Clark Gable was extremely keen on General Frank Savage. At first, Peck thought it was too similar to Command Decision (which Gable made). He read it again. "A fine film, much honoured and respected, about the psychological stress of total involvement of these men with the bombing of a ball-bearing works in Frankfurt." Just too honest for such a gung-ho movie-hero as Duke. This Peck's finest hour (forget To Kill A Mockingbird). Also in the Brigadier General Savage loop:  O’Brien, Dana Andrews, Ralph Bellamy, James Cagney, Van Heflin, Burt Lancaster and Roberts Montgomery, Preston and Young. I saw it at age 11 and it marked me for life.
  4. Burt Lancaster, From Here To Eternity, 1952.
  5. Vincent Price, The Ten Commandments, 1954
  6. Dean Martin, Rio Bravo, 1958.
  7. Noah Beery Jr, Guns of the Timberland, 1959.     During the casting days, Alan Ladd - the star and the producer - mused over O’Brien, Van Heflin, Tony Martin and his daughter Alana Ladd. Alana, only, appeared in the film.(The second of her four films with Daddy).
  8. Maurice Evans, Planet of the Apes, 1967.
  9. Ernest Borgnine, Ice Station Zebra, 1967.       Hit book - by best-selling Alistair MacLean. Decent cast: Rock Hudson, Ernie Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Jim Brown. Lousy film. “So flat and conventional,” said Chicago critic Robert Ebert, “that its three moments of interest are an embarrassment.”
  10. John Saxon, Black Christmas (aka. Silent Night, Evil Night), 1975.   Not only co-eds were slashed  .Budget cuts removed Bette Davis and then O’Brien’s health - the start of his Alzheimer’s disease - ruled him out. That protected the sheen of their old Oscars.

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