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I recently saw Ralph Meeker playing Mike Hammer. I also saw him in an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode. He is very rarely mentioned on the boards. I thought it would be nice to start a thread on him. Do you have any films you can recommend of his? Any interesting facts about him?

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I'm partial to Ralph in [Mickey Spillane|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Spillane|Mickey Spillane]{font:sans-serif}'s {font}[Kiss Me Deadly|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiss_Me_Deadly|Kiss Me Deadly]{font:sans-serif}. It's a bit quirky,

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He's in an episode of The Men from Shiloh. He plays a deranged man who is obsessed with making Vera Miles' character his wife. You can tell that Miss Miles enjoys working with him. He's perfectly creepy and pushes the scenes to the limit. A great actor.

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The Men from Shiloh is the ninth and final season of the TV western The Virginian. It was slightly reformatted in the last season, hence the title change. Each episode is 75 minutes long and it feels like one is watching a B-movie with a spaghetti western flavor. The episode with Ralph Meeker is called 'Experiment at New Life.' It was originally broadcast in November 1970.

 

For more: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0740957/

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I enjoyed seeing Ralph Meeker in "Jeopardy". It is shown often on TCM and, although one of

Barbara Stanwyck's lesser known films, it's worth watching. He again plays a baddie, but shows a little humanity in the role,.

 

 

 

 

 

Terrence.

 

 

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Count me in as another Meeker fan!

This photo is a magnet on our 'fridge:

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(from Jeopardy-the silliest movie ever-watchable only because of great performances)

I also think Ralph is a handsome hunk of man...partly the reason he does so well in despicable roles. Isn't it always the spoiled cute boy who turns into a bully, never the homely boy? He plays flawed charactors brilliantly, except I'd never believe a guy that cute, smart or charming would end up in prison.

 

Yummy posing for publicity photos though!

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I remember Meeker in the films you all mentioned, and a couple I forget the titles of. However, I don't recall him in anything after he made *The St. Valentine's day Massacre* . He WAS very good, and woefully underused.

 

 

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Well to address the question that often comes up related to an actor of Meeker's 'status'; Why wasn't he more famous? Why didn't he get more roles; Here is what wiki has to say:

 

For his performance in [William Inge|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Inge|William Inge]'s Picnic, Meeker was awarded the New York Critic's Circle Award in 1954. [Picnic|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picnic_(1955_film)|Picnic (1955 film)] became a classic film in 1955, with [William Holden|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Holden|William Holden] and [Kim Novak|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Novak|Kim Novak] starring in the roles originated by Meeker and [Janice Rule|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janice_Rule|Janice Rule]. {color:darkslategray}According to [Turner Classic Movies|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turner_Classic_Movies|Turner Classic Movies], Meeker turned down the lead role because he did not wish to sign a long-term contract with the production company, and he never was offered a role of similar stature again.

 

 

Here is a prime example of the studio-system and both it good and bad points; For example, if Meeker had signed a long-term contract instead of saying 'why didn't he get more staring roles' we might be saying 'how come he was miscast in so many low quality movies'.

 

 

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