Archive for Richard Egan

Second Run Showcase :: A Truly Great Motion Picture! (December, 1955)

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Naked Nerves! Bare Emotions! Drama that EXPLODES in Your Face! (November, 1953)

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Split Second was the directorial debut of Dick Powell, and the movie had me at hello with a cast that included McNally, Sterling, Smith and Hunnicutt, making the fantastic plot they’re plugged into just more gravy. Here, McNally plays an escaped prisoner who gathers up a group of hostages as he steals their cars on the way to his hideout — a ghost town near White Sands, NM, that’s well within the predicted blast radius of another, impending A-Bomb test. So, we’ve got a taut and tensile race against the clock as the criminal forces one of his hostages to lure her doctor husband into the desert to patch up his partner before the bomb goes off, culminating in an ending that beat Aldrich to the punch by about a year and half. Highly recommended.

Split Second (1953) RKO Radio Pictures / P: Edmund Grainger / D: Dick Powell / W: William Bowers, Irving Wallace, Chester Erskine / C: Nicholas Musuraca / E: Robert Ford / M: Roy Webb / S: Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Jan Sterling, Arthur Hunnicutt, Richard Egan, Frank DeKova

Entering the 3rd Dimension :: Hang on to Your Seat or this Film Will Knock You Right Out of it! (December, 1953)

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Inferno (1953) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / P: William Bloom / D: Roy Ward Baker / W: Francis M. Cockrell / C: Lucien Ballard / E: Robert L. Simpson / M: Paul Sawtell / S: Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, Larry Keating, Henry Hull

The Glory Brigade (1953) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / P: William Bloom / D: Robert D. Webb / W: Franklin Coen / C: Lucien Ballard / E: Mario Morra / M: Lionel Newman / S: Victor Mature, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Richard Egan, Nick Dennis

Da’King Lives! :: Mr. Rock ‘N’ Roll in the Story He was Born to Play! (November, 1956)

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Turns out the rumors of Vance Reno’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, and, upon returning home after the Civil War ends he finds his girl, thinking him dead, has married his younger brother. And to top that off, his old Confederate comrades aren’t real keen on the idea of returning some Yankee gold they liberated, which once more pits brother against brother in a conflict that can only end in tragedy … Originally intended to be a strict dramatic role, but, once Elvis Presley’s latest single, “Love Me Tender”, went through the roof, his debut film, originally slated as The Reno Brothers, went through both a name change and some massive script doctoring to beef up his part and shoehorn in a couple of anachronistic musical numbers to give the public what they wanted and to cash in on a soundtrack.


Video courtesy of Achim190454.

And — spoilers ahoy! — after his mama came unglued after his climactic death scene, Presley demanded that his character must never die again in any future film.
This post was part of Da’King Lives, which originated back in January of 2010, to help celebrate the King of Rock-n-Roll’s 75th birthday and throw a spotlight on his fine, fractured forays into feature film.


Love Me Tender (1956) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / P: David Weisbart  / D: Robert D. Webb / W: Robert Buckner, Maurice Geraghty / C: Leo Tover / E: Hugh S. Fowler / M: Lionel Newman / S: Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Elvis Presley, William Campbell, Neville Brand, Mildred Dunnock