Re: RARA-AVIS: Eddie Albert and Noir

From: Jim Stephenson (
Date: 24 Feb 2004

> 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.

Add Hugh Beaumont to the list as another one; he had some fine roles playing tough characters throughout the 40s (including a run as Mike Shayne in that B-movie series) before he became the Beaver's dad. Or Robert Young, whose noir cycle movies include "They Won't Believe Me" and "Crossfire;" later on he became the fatherly Jim Anderson--and then Marcus Welby M.D.

The most striking example of versatility that comes to mind, however, is William Bendix, who played brutal thugs on film and the bumbling Chester Riley on radio and TV. Both with equal skill, I might add. His Babe Ruth, however ... well ...

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