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How come Burt Lancaster didn't appear in any movies in 1967?


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I think it's interesting to look at filmographies and see the gaps.

For example, Burt Lancaster appeared in his first movie in 1946, and for every year through 1966, he was in at least one major release. But then in 1967, nothing. Why? What was he doing that year? 

Maybe he was working on stuff that wouldn't be released till 1968. Maybe he wanted a year off. Maybe he did a play. Maybe he did some television work. Maybe he was working on his crawl stroke. 

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Some actresses have gaps when their careers are red hot, because they take time off to have a baby. Or they are on suspension for refusing to accept a part the studio wants them to play.

But by 1967, Burt Lancaster was a freelancer and he had been producing films too. Again why was he absent from movie screens that year? Did anyone in America miss him? Were they saying, how come Burt Lancaster didn't have a new movie this year...?

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Well, think about this for a minute here, TB!

What was goin' on back in '67?

The Summer of Love, RIGHT?!

And so maybe Burt just decided to spend that year, all four seasons of it, in San Francisco just kickin' back...while wearing flowers in his hair.

(...hey, just a guess here, dude...just a guess)

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Burt and his wife Norma separated in 1967 because of alcoholism, was stressful.  Doubt if he could concentrate on acting.  Both finally divorce in 1969.

If it's any comfort, he didn't appear in any movie theatrical or television in 1984. 

 

Hopefully now won't lose any sleep tonight over this. ;):P

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5 hours ago, hamradio said:

Burt and his wife Norma separated in 1967 because of alcoholism, was stressful.  Doubt if he could concentrate on acting.  Both finally divorce in 1969.

Thanks ham. I wondered if it might have been due to personal reasons.

From 1946 to 1989 (the year of his last film), he had no new films in:

1967
1975
1982
1984

Lancaster was a workaholic. As I said, he probably did work on films in '67 that didn't hit the screen until '68. But there was obviously a gap.

Lancaster's gaps in the later years are more understandable if he was semi-retired or having trouble finding decent roles to play at that stage of his career. But in 1967 he was still at his peak as a leading man/box office star. Technically 1967 is the midway point of his film career.

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Quite a few Hollywood stars had long runs without any years away from movie screens:

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15 YEARS: CLARK GABLE...1947 TO 1961

15 YEARS: LUCILLE BALL...1933 TO 1947 (Transitioned to radio and TV.)

16 YEARS: BETTE DAVIS...1931 TO 1946 (Took a break in '47 to have a baby.)

17 YEARS: FRED MACMURRAY...1935 TO 1951 (He took time off when his first wife died.)

17 YEARS: JAMES CRAIG...1937 TO 1953 (Did not serve in WWII.)

18 YEARS: JOHN TRAVOLTA...1993 TO 2010

19 YEARS: BRIAN KEITH...1953 TO 1971 (For five of those years, he starred in a weekly TV series.)

20 YEARS: CESAR ROMERO...1947 TO 1966 (Also took a break in 1967. What was happening that year?)

20 YEARS: KEENAN WYNN...1942 to 1961 plus 18 MORE YEARS 1963 to 1980

21 YEARS: BURT LANCASTER...1946 TO 1966 (Personal problems in 1967?)

21 YEARS: STEVE MARTIN...1981 TO 2001

21 YEARS: JAMES STEWART...1946 TO 1966 (Like Lancaster, he took a break in 1967.)

21 YEARS: ERROL FLYNN...1935 TO 1955 (Did not serve in WWII.)

22 YEARS: EDWARD G. ROBINSON...1929 TO 1950 (Gray-listed, his career stumbled in the early 50s.)

23 YEARS: JOAN CRAWFORD...1925 TO 1947 (Not sure why she took a break at Warner Brothers in '48.)

23 YEARS: BETTY GRABLE...1929 TO 1951

25 YEARS: MARY ASTOR...1920 TO 1944 (She had two children during this time.)

25 YEARS: BING CROSBY...1930 TO 1954

26 YEARS: GEORGE RAFT...1931 TO 1956 (Did not serve in WWII.)

28 YEARS: BARBARA STANWYCK...1929 TO 1957 (Transitioned to television, so she really didn't stop working.)

32 YEARS: BOB HOPE...1938 to 1969 (Also transitioned to television.)

33 YEARS: RANDOLPH SCOTT...1928 TO 1960 (Did not serve in WWII.)

52 YEARS: JOHN WAYNE...1926 TO 1977 (Also did not serve in WWII.)

Probably some others I missed.

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2 hours ago, TopBilled said:

 

20 YEARS: CESAR ROMERO...1947 TO 1966 (Also took a break in 1967. What was happening that year?)

Cesar Romero appeared in 22 episodes of 'Batman' from 1966-1968, and then had four film credits in 1968, six in 1969. He became more or less part of the Disney stock company in the 1970s, and continued to have many TV appearances through the 1970s and 1980s.

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1 hour ago, Brrrcold said:

Cesar Romero appeared in 22 episodes of 'Batman' from 1966-1968, and then had four film credits in 1968, six in 1969. He became more or less part of the Disney stock company in the 1970s, and continued to have many TV appearances through the 1970s and 1980s.

Thanks. I figured some of the gaps were attributed to television. I was looking at the Romero's credits on wiki, not IMDb, which also lists his television appearances. He had a previous gap during the war, but I wasn't sure if he was active in the military.

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17 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Thanks. I figured some of the gaps were attributed to television. I was looking at the Romero's credits on wiki, not IMDb, which also lists his television appearances. He had a previous gap during the war, but I wasn't sure if he was active in the military.

Here's what Cesar's wiki page says about this, TB...

On October 12, 1942, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Coast Guard as an apprentice seaman[6] and served in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He reported aboard the Coast Guard-manned assault transport USS Cavalier in November 1943. According to a press release from the period, Romero saw action during the invasions of Tinian and Saipan. The same article mentioned that he preferred to be a regular part of the crew and was eventually promoted to the rating of Chief Boatswain's Mate.[7]

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Some more--

15 YEARS: CONNIE GILCHRIST...1940 TO 1954

15 YEARS: CLAUDE RAINS...1933 TO 1947

15 YEARS: JACK CARSON...1937 to 1951

16 YEARS: VAN JOHNSON...1942 TO 1957

16 YEARS: SPENCER TRACY...1930 TO 1945

17 YEARS: SARA HADEN...1934 TO 1950

17 YEARS: IDA LUPINO...1939 TO 1956

18 YEARS: HAROLD LLOYD...1913 TO 1930

18 YEARS: GINGER ROGERS...1930 TO 1947

18 YEARS: SPRING BYINGTON...1935 TO 1952

20 YEARS: MAUREEN O'HARA...1938 TO 1957

20 YEARS: LEO GORCEY...1937 TO 1956

2O YEARS: ROBERT RYAN...1943 TO 1962

20 YEARS: AUDIE MURPHY...1948 TO 1967

21 YEARS: MARION DAVIES...1917 TO 1937

21 YEARS: HUMPHREY BOGART...1936 TO 1956

21 YEARS: DORIS DAY...1948 TO 1968

21 YEARS: MARJORIE MAIN...1937 TO 1957

21 YEARS: MICKEY ROONEY...1946 TO 1966

22 YEARS: GEORGE SANDERS...1949 TO 1970

23 YEARS: ROBERT MITCHUM...1943 TO 1965

25 YEARS: LEWIS STONE...1918 TO 1942

31 YEARS: GLENN FORD...1939 TO 1969

31 YEARS: RAY MILLAND...1928 TO 1958

34 YEARS: VINCENT PRICE...1943 TO 1976

35 YEARS: JOEL MCCREA...1926 TO 1960

35 YEARS: GARY COOPER...1925 TO 1959

37 YEARS: WALLACE BEERY...1913 TO 1949

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5 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Thanks ham. I wondered if it might have been due to personal reasons.

From 1946 to 1989 (the year of his last film), he had no new films in:

1967
1975
1982
1984

Lancaster was a workaholic. As I said, he probably did work on films in '67 that didn't hit the screen until '68. But there was obviously a gap.

Lancaster's gaps in the later years are more understandable if he was semi-retired or having trouble finding decent roles to play at that stage of his career. But in 1967 he was still at his peak as a leading man/box office star. Technically 1967 is the midway point of his film career.

He starred in "Marco Polo" (1982) TV mini series.

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19 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Thanks. Are we counting TV miniseries as films? I wasn't counting TV movies either but I can see why some might.

Doesn't count if the screen is small?  Long as Burt was in front of a camera, doubt if he cared. :D

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Made for TV films doesn't have the budget or quality of theatrical movies but there have been times big screen films has stunk worst.

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