Re: RARA-AVIS: Eddie Albert and Noir

From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 24 Feb 2004

> Miker wrote:
> > Ever seen the movie [of "Sun Also Rises"]?
> > The Green Acres guy (Eddie Fisher) as Bill
> > is one of the most ridiculous miscastings I've ever seen.
> Eddie Albert -- and it *is* Albert, not Fisher -- existed before
"Green Acres" was a twinkle in Paul Henning's manic eye. One of the things he did was give a very decent performance in "Roman Holiday" as an American expatriate who's a friend and advisor to Gregory Peck. The
"Sun Also Rises" performance works as an extension of that previous Roman one.
> As long as we're talking Eddie Albert and noir, though (and I don't
mean those lost "Green Acres" episodes dealing with *amour fou* and Arnold The Pig), we should also mention a fine moment in the Robert Aldrich-directed '70s film "Hustle."
> Says Arnold to Burt Reynolds, concerning a missing daughter fallen
into bad company: "That girl could milk a crowbar ..."

And not to forget his amazing performance in Aldrich's noir/war flick Attack! as well as Don Siegal's re-make of To Have and Have Not & The Turning Point, The Gun Runners (from Hemingway's novel THATHN). In the latter film Albert plays the same sleazy character who's played by Wallace Ford in The Turning Point. Albert is one of many, many actors who later acquired a blander and more avuncular persona on TV but had done some brilliant work in film noir and related flicks. Just off the top of my head, I can think of Fred MacMurray, Brian Keith, Henry Morgan, William Conrad, Raymond Burr. You shouldn't write these old guys off till you've seen the early work that their rep's were built on in the first place. I learned my lesson many years ago when I first watched Double Indemnity with Fred MacMurray &
(Miss) Barbara Stanwyck.


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