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Day 30: Kirk Douglas

Thanks to everyone who participated in yesterday’s tribute to Glenda Farrell. Please make sure to check out all the wonderful contributions dedicated to Farrell.

For the next 24 hours we honor a living legend: Mr. Kirk Douglas.

Some trivia on Kirk Douglas:

  • According to TCM’s The 50 Most Unforgettable Actors of the Studio Era: Leading Men, Douglas initially had to pass on Paths of Glory due to a prior Broadway play commitment. The role of Col. Dax was offered to Richard Burton, James Mason, and Gregory Peck…and they all passed. By the time the part was available again the Broadway production was delayed, and Douglas could accept the role. (p. 71)
  • Douglas was a key player in helping break the Hollywood Blacklist when he insisted that blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (part of the “Hollywood Ten”) be given credit for writing Spartacus. Douglas was threatened and there were talks of boycotts, but the film was a huge commercial success. (p.71)
  • Burt Lancaster was one of Douglas’s closest friends and a favorite of his costars. They starred in four films together including the political thriller, Seven Days in May (1964) (p.71)
  • Douglas starred in the stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and then tried to adapt it to film. His son, actor and producer Michael Douglas finally produced it, but with Jack Nicholson in the lead. (IMDb)

On to the blogging…

Raquel from Out of the Past returns with her final contribution for the Blogathon: a look at Douglas in Young Man with a Horn. A great film!

There’s more to come, so stay tuned!

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Jill Blake

Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.


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