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This future movie star got her big break when she was an understudy to the star on Broadway, and the star got injured. Who was she, and what was the production for which she was the understudy?

 

Edited by: finance on Oct 26, 2010 10:26 AM

 

Edited by: finance on Oct 26, 2010 5:29 PM

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You could be talking about "Pajama Game". Carol Haney broke her ankle and the understudy went on for her to perform "Steam Heat". Just so happened that Hal B. Wallis was in the audience and offered the understudy a contract that night! The lucky dancer was Shirley MacLaine.

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This legendary comedic performer did it all.

Broadway in the '30's.

Hollywood in the '40's

 

Back to the stage in the 50's, where he was the toast of Broadway--"reallly laid them in the aisles" and won the Tony Award.

 

Before the decade was out, he was tops on TV--His show winning 8 Emmy's, including 1 for himself.

 

Of course, he went back to Hollywood in the '60's for a blockbuster comedy classic.

 

When you identify this comedy king, name one of his Broadway hits, his TV show and one of his classic movies. Because, he did it all!

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This famous screen actor was on Broadway before he started in films. His first Broadway role was in a '40s play which was made into a well-known film later the same decade. He was not in the film. Actor? Name of play?

 

Edited by: finance on Oct 28, 2010 10:36 AM

 

Edited by: finance on Oct 28, 2010 3:28 PM

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Gene Kelly comes to mind. There are 2 plays that were made into films and both take pace in SF and he was not in either film. *The Time of Your Life* and *Pal Joey* - *Pal Joey* was filmed in 1957 so you maybe thinking of the other??

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Good guess. Lavender, but not Gene Kelly. No musical component here, and a better known film than TIME OF YOUR LIFE. This actor may be better-known than Kelly.

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Major hint: The first Broadway play that this actor appeared in (described below) did not give him a major career boost. It was his second Broadway play in which he was REALLY noticed. Remember I said that he was probably a bigger movie star than Gene Kelly.

 

Edited by: finance on Oct 30, 2010 10:03 AM

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That was Marlon Brando's first role as Nels in "I Remember Mama", a tale about Norwegian immigrants in 1910 San Francisco...

 

Edited by: mudskipper on Oct 31, 2010 12:05 AM

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This distinguished actress was almost exclusively a stage actress. Her only film appearances of note were in roles she had originally played on Broadway. Her final stage role was played by a much younger actress in the well-known '50s film version.

 

Edited by: finance on Nov 2, 2010 10:21 AM

 

Edited by: finance on Nov 2, 2010 5:20 PM

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Not Lynn Fontanne. The "much younger actress" who starred in the film version of this actress' last Broadway play also starred in Jack Lemmon's first 2 films.

 

Edited by: finance on Nov 3, 2010 10:29 AM

 

Edited by: finance on Nov 3, 2010 4:24 PM

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This Oscar-winning movie star, whose film career had declined, played the lead in a well-known play that was originally a TV production. When this play became a Broadway production, however, the starring role went to another actress, who also played the role when the film version was made...... Title? The 2 actresses?

 

Edited by: finance on Nov 18, 2010 10:03 AM

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The Miracle Worker was a Playhouse 90 TV production in 1957 srarring Teresa Wright and Patty McCormick. Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke on Broadway and of course the film. So, it's *The Miracle Worker* , Teresa Wright and Anne Bancroft ?

 

Edited by: lavenderblue19 on Nov 18, 2010 10:45 AM

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Thanks, Finance.

 

This leading man created roles on Broadway, but did not recreate them on film.Another actor, who was his understudy in some of those roles got to recreate these productions on film. Name 3 of the productions one did on Broadway and one did in Hollywood and name the 2 handsome, talented musical men.

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