Jumping ahead now, remember when I opened the Jesse James write-up talking about its music? Here’s another -- even better -- example for you.
-- and today we continue in Period Swordplay, this time in Arthurian England. To begin, Bosley Crowther wrote for The New York Times, in part:
I don’t care how old you are, the kid in you cheers.
Touching on the Behind The Scenes as I do, we already touched on our Writer and Director in the Rawhide write-up; they having worked on that together. So let’s quickly run through the Cast. As the love-to-hate Sir Brack? None other than James Mason who hit his stride in the 50s with The Desert Fox; The Prisoner Of Zenda (1952) with Scaramouche star Stewart Granger; A Star Is Born (1954); 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954); and, perhaps his most famous, North By Northwest. Unmistakable with his cool, crisp voice, my favorite is The Last Of Sheila which, if you don’t know it, wow are you in for a treat. Who else? There’s Sterling Hayden as Sir Gawain. You probably know him as Captain McCluskey in The Godfather or, for you Stanley Kubrick fans, he’s in The Killing (1956) and Dr. Strangelove. [Sorry, speaking of Mr. Kubrick, James Mason is of course in Lolita (1962).] As our lovable old Viking Boltar? Yep, Victor McLaglen who John Ford fans will spot immediately, but he’s also in the masterpiece Gunga Din (mentioned often throughout these write-ups) and he sailed the seas with Old Ski Nose in The Princess And The Pirate (indeed to appear in a future Top 5 with Virginia Mayo). Interestingly, as I made a point to separate Rawhide the Movie from the Clint Eastwood TV Show, it would be in that TV Show -- the circle now complete? -- that Mr. McLaglen would give his last on-screen performance. One more? Okay. Any Falcon fans out there? George Sanders or Tom Conway? They played brothers in the famous detective series and were brothers in real life. Well, that's Tom Conway as Sir Kay sitting at The Round Table.