Directed by Richard Fleischer
Screenplay by Calder Wilingham and Dale Wasserman, based upon the novel by Edwin Marshall
Starring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, James Donald, Frank Thring, and Janet Leigh
When Kirk Douglas died a couple weeks ago it was almost literally the final expiration of old-style Hollywood stardom. That’s what happens, I guess, when you live to 103 — whether you like it or not, your death is literally the end of something.
Douglas made his name in films from the late-1940’s onward, just before the ‘method’ style of acting came into vogue and the traditional notions of who could be, and who could not be, a movie star gave way to a system dominated more by unique faces and character actors. In other words, the age when guys with a sense of stylization to their acting stopped winning Oscars — see e.g. Laurence Olivier — and guys with a touch of naturalism started winning. Guys like Ernest Borgnine. Continue reading