Sunday, April 25, 2010

Siegel's Loose!


Drabble became The Black Windmill. It can be found on pressed DVD in the UK. The First Deadly Sin was filmed several years after this announcement by Filmways, with direction by Brian G. Hutton and Frank Sinatra in the lead role. I don't think Paradise Mountain was ever filmed. Telefon was the subject of an amusing anecdote I read about in a Siegel biography. Siegel wanted Bronson--sans mustache--for the starring role. Bronson resisted, saying, "No mustache. No Bronson." Bronson won.

3 comments:

J.D. said...

Yeah, that Siegel book is very good. I also love the anecdote he tells about how much Walter Matthau hated CHARLEY VARRICK and was convinced that it would flop at the box office.

Ivan said...

I saw The Black Windmill when I was a kid, and didn't quite "get" it, but I'm not sure it was made for 10-year-olds. I wish it would show up on TCM or on DVD...

Ned Merrill said...

J.D.,

Well, at least Matthau didn't allow those feelings to interfere with his great performance. Would have liked to see him play more roles like the one he did in CHARLEY VARRICK and in TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3.

Ivan,

THE BLACK WINDMILL is still on my "to see" list. I have a feeling Universal is going to release it on their new DVD-R Universal Vault Series.