RARA-AVIS: Mainwaring is Wearing Mainly on Me

From: Reed Andrus ( rsandrus@swbell.net)
Date: 09 Jul 2002

Hi JT!

That's cool. I figured there would be updated info on this issue. Warren's book was published in 1982, which means he wrote it a year or two earlier, plenty of time for corrections and changes to appear.

Thanks for the update.

... Reed

> > Warren also recounts a minor controversy over a week's worth of
> > script polishing claimed by Sam Peckinpah. Siegel denies the claim.
> > Warren believes that Peckinpah actually did provide the re-writes,
> > but that Siegel's subsequent memories of his friendship with Mainwaring
> > have overridden that occurrence.
> This is not correct-according to a couple of biographies on Peckinpah it was
> something like a drug-induced attempt at claiming credits, and later the
> inability to acknowledge the screw-up. He did eventually say during a late
> interview (early 80s, IIRC), that he did not have anything to do with the
> rewrite, prompted, I think, by Mainwaring demanding him to do so. BLOODY
> SAM provides a lot of details, but I don't have it handy and am going just
> by what I remember. The Garner Simmons book, PORTRAIT IN MONTAGE also says
> something to this effect.
> Mainwaring did a rather nice western novel, under the much-used pseudonym
> Philip Yordan (who was a real person, but mostly a front for blacklisted
> screenwriters), MAN OF THE WEST (which, though Yordan is credited for
> writing many Anthony Mann westerns, has nothing to do with the Mann western
> of that title-it's all rather confusing). I have a couple of his novels
> written as Homes, and remember them minor, likable if not hard-boiled. THEN
> - --JT.

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