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Paul Newman and Strother Martin

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Were these guys buddies in real life or what? They appeared in an unusual number of films together. One would assume Newman had the star power to dictate his supporting cast to some degree. HarperCool Hand LukeButch Cassidy and the Sundance KidSlap Shot.

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Yes sewhite. Paul and Strother were very close buddies.

In fact, every Thursday night at the Lucky Strike Lanes along Melrose Ave from around 1966 through about 1975, they were on the same bowling team together. Paul held a 187 scratch average, and Stroth, as everybody called him, including Paul, held a 157 scratch average.

(...naaaah, just kiddin' of course...yeah, I suppose they might have been friends, but IF as you supposed, Newman DID have any say at all in who his supporting cast were going to be, perhaps the reason they worked so many times together is because Paul recognized a great character actor when he saw one)

 

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They could have been on friendly terms off the set, and even friends of some fashion.  Or too, maybe just liked working together for whatever reason.  Casting directors might have noticed some kind of screen chemistry between the two and managed to get them in films together.  

Was a time I thought there might have been some kind  of "thing" going on between VIRGINIA MAYO and STEVE COCHRAN due to the two of them working together frequently.  But eventually decided it was just mutual and professional admiration(although who WOULDN'T have minded having a "thing" with Virginia back then?  ;)  ).

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7 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

Was a time I thought there might have been some kind  of "thing" going on between VIRGINIA MAYO and STEVE COCHRAN due to the two of them working together frequently. 

They both were under contract at Warner Bros.  

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15 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

They both were under contract at Warner Bros.  

A LOT of people were, still, those two wound up together a lot.  ;)

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4 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

A LOT of people were, still, those two wound up together a lot.  ;)

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It was just the way you stated it;   the major reason actors worked together under the studio-system was because they were under contract for the same studio.    Actors had few choices,  even major stars,  as it relates to what films they were in and who else were in those films.  

This is much different than when Newman made those films with Strother (since they were made after the 'end' of the studio-system era).    So why they were in so many films together is interesting.

 

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