RE: RARA-AVIS: Speaking of Newman movies...and Ross Macdonald...

From: Todd Mason (
Date: 07 Jun 2001

Well, since Paul Newman's performance in HARPER struck me as anomalously bad
(in an "I can't believe I'm doing this" camping kind of way), I'm hoping he'd decided to take the material more seriously a decade later in THE DROWNING POOL. Certainly he wasn't nearly as self-charming in HUD (where, of course, he's a stupid cad, not Lew Archer/Harper) nor THE STING.

THE UNDERGROUND MAN is a pretty minor novel, but I wonder how many other sins are concealed by your brief, tactful assessment. TM

-----Original Message----- From: Jim Beaver [mailto:]

I like HARPER a lot, despite the name change. It is very Sixties, of course, which means a certain amount of Connery Bondism rubbed off on the character. I also like THE DROWNING POOL a good deal. Newman isn't really my idea of Archer, but I don't think anyone's going to make a movie about my idea of Archer.

Peter Graves just isn't the actor to carry off Archer (or much of anything else except Joey's dad on FURY), but that's just the beginning of the problems with THE UNDERGROUND MAN.

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