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scsu, it could be Blackmer who played the lover of Marshall's wife, yet it looks so much like Marshall in the role of Scott Chavez. I'll have to pay closer attention to the outfit's both actors had on (against the picture) next time I watch the movie.Thanks for bringing it to my attention.


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In the Spotlight: MARI BLANCHARD




The voluptuous and exotic looking beauty was born Mary Blanchard on April 13, 1927 in Long Beach, California.

She trained from childhood for a dancing career, but a bout with polio put an end to those dreams at age nine and it took three years before she was able to walk again.


Undaunted, she became an advertising model, and

in the late 1940s, had been a successful print model and film extra.

Blanchard was discovered in 1950 after being seen by a producer in an advertisement for bubble bath. With her well endowed full figure and exotic beauty, she was a natural for Hollywood films of the period.


From 1951 to 1952, she took small roles in a number of films at MGM, RKO, and Paramount, until she was signed by Universal-International in 1952. Her first film at the studio was "Back at the Front" in 1952 with Tom Ewell and Harvey Lembeck.


Possessed of a striking but somewhat synthetic beauty, Mari was most effectively cast as tarts, homewreckers, and other assorted villainesses. Her most prolific work was in tongue-in-cheek exotic roles, such as the Queen of Venus in "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars" (1953) and the Arabian princess in "Son of Sindbad" (1955).

She concentrated her efforts primarily in comedies and westerns but acted in a variety of film genres. One of her most memorable roles was as Brandy the saloon gal in "Destry" opposite Audie Murphy in 1954.

Her films included, "On the Riviera", "Ten Tall Men" with Burt Lancaster, "The Veils of Bagdad" with Victor Mature, "Rails Into Laramie" with John Payne, "Black Horse Canyon" with Joel McCrea, "The Crooked Web", "Jungle Heat", "No Place to Land", etc.

She also was seen in numerous TV episodes including "Sugarfoot", "Laramie", "Bronco", "Sea Hunt", "Rawhide", "77 Sunset Strip", "Perry Mason", and "It Takes a Thief".


In 1960, Mari appeared as hotel-owner Kate O'Hara in the shortlived TV series "Klondike", but was dropped from the project when it switched formats in 1961 and was retitled "Acapulco" (what a stretch of locations).


Mari Blanchard's last screen appearance was in 1963, as the likeable town madam in John Wayne's "McLintock!" (she is but one of many townsfolk who refuses to shelter Maureen O'Hara when Big John sets out to give O'Hara a public spanking).

Blanchard retired, acting in just a few TV programs afterward.


In the early to mid 1950s, she dated a string of men, including Hollywood attorney Greg Bautzer, once Joan Crawford and Lana Turner's paramour. Later, she dated singer Mel Torm? before marrying Vince Conte (her second marriage).


She was diagnosed with cancer in the 1960s and, after a long struggle, passed away at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in May 1970. She was 43 years old.

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