When I saw that today was the 100th anniversary of actor Richard Egan's birth I racked my brain trying to remember what it was that I'd just watched recently that had him in it -- it took me a minute (probably because I still haven't finished watching the movie) but turns out the film was called The Revolt of Mamie Stover (yeah that's a lotta title, I agree) from 1956 from director Raoul Walsh, and it stars Egan alongside Jane Russell in a tale of complicated Hawaiian romance set alongside the Pearl Harbor bombing. (It is currently on Criterion Channel, which is where I stumbled upon it.)
Yeah it's basically just a rip-off of From Here to Eternity, but the half I have watched is slightly nastier, more like Eternity as a beach noir. That makes it sound more interesting than it was, though! Hence me not finishing it. But I do like Richard Egan as an actor well enough whenever I see him in things -- it's just whenever I see him in things they're usually a little junky. See also the science-fiction robot attack flick Gog from 1954, memorable for its wacky robot designs and Egan wearing an incredibly well-tailored jumpsuit.
Anyway weirdly Richard Egan just last night came up in the book I'm currently reading about the somewhat forgotten 1950s / 60s gay Hollywood gossip columnist Mike Connolly -- Egan and his wife are mentioned repeatedly as being good friends of Connolly, which makes one wonder... by the way I'm only about 40 pages into the book so far but I can already highly recommend it (you can buy it here).
You hear about Connolly's female contemporaries Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons all the time, but Connolly seems to me even more fascinating -- he spoke in coded terms about all the gay gossip in town, actively inned and vaguely outed people constantly, lived openly with his male partner (who became his "assistant" wink wink) but was never seen at functions without a female escort, and apparently (I haven't gotten to this part) had a big role in the Blacklist era. Doesn't this sound like someone who should get their own limited series?
Anyway I'm by no means a Richard Egan expert so if any of y'all wanna chime in with what his best movies or performances are I'd love to hear -- I've only seen a couple and I'm sure there are better more important films within his filmography than Gog, for god's sake. (Although I will once again give good praise to that jumpsuit he wears in that, because my god.)
right here. It's worth checking, believe me!