They Were Collaborators #558

Warren Beatty and Elia Kazan


Testify said...

OK, Kazan huh? Lets try an untangle this web a bit...
Through Nick Ray (Kazan acolyte and director of John Carradine, see Cool Hall Of Fame #162) or James Dean (Artists in Action #492) we link to Jim Backus/Mr Magoo (see Limited Pantheon #1), who was in Rebel Without a Cause (see Seminal Image #919, below). Natalie Wood was also in Rebel and she and Warrren Beatty appeared in Kazan's Splendour in the Grass (co incidentally the yacht that Woods fell from to her death was called The Splendour). Come to think of it Wood's also dated Elvis Presley (see Art at 45 RPM's# 1) (Elvis Presley, it could be noted at this point, recorded I forgot To Remember To Forget by Charlie Feathers, see Viceroys, Prophets and Hillbillys #1). We could rope in Dean Martin (Man Of The West #34) by pointing out that James Dean was in Sailors Beware or that he worked with Brando (Brando's concern for the plight of native America's could link us to The Art Of Dissent #12) and Clift in The Young Lions. Kazan, of course, directed both Brando and Clift. Dean Martin was also due to co star in Monroe's (seen entering The Actors Studio, which Kazan helped found in Marilyn In Action #19, Kazan also claims to have had a relationship with Monroe in his autobiography) last film Somethings Got To Give (weirdly this film involved Mobroe's character being swept overboard from a yacht).This film was cancelled due to Monroes death after trying to draft Lee Remick (Art of Cinema #376) (who also worked with Kazan & Clift in Wild River) in as a replacement for Monroe the movie eventually saw the light as Move Over Darling with Doris Day (In the Studio #19 and The Art Of Cinema# 378).
Monroe also starred in the Seven Year Itch with Tom Ewell who was the star of The Girl Can't Help it alongside Jayne Mansfield (Artist in Action#488) and Julie London (Art Of Pop #34)not to mention Gene Vincent (they Were Collaborators #545) and Eddie Cochran (Viceroys Prophets and Hillbilly cats #3). Cochran covered a Ray Charles (Soul Stirrers) number cant remember which one though. I need a lie down!!!!

Tom Sutpen said...


Color me astonished. That is a formidable bit of dot-connecting, Testify; all the more impressive for the fact that only about half of it was intentional.

When I hit upon this approach (about 2-2 1/2 years ago) I realized that you could start one of these threads . . . and by way of a hint: very often a Before/After entry is the kick-off (though not all entries in that series have that function) . . . and not only weave it into as many different series as it can possibly go, either directly or by inference, but merge it with others. Much like the open-ended serial format here, you can drop it and pick it up again at will. It's literally inexhaustible. For me, that's the beauty part.

I was going to go into all of this last year when I did that interview for Film in Focus's Behind the Blog series, but halfway into it I felt I was coming off like the serious Jerry Lewis, explaining the mechanics of visual gags. In a word: Insufferable. But thanks for giving me a pretext to reveal its function here.

You are, as they say, da bomb.

Testify said...

I've just thought of more. Dennis Hopper was also in Rebel Without a Cause and he directed Easy Rider which used the music of Steppenwolf(They Were Collaborators#557). Hopper also appeared in Blue Velvet with Dean Stockwell who appeared with Mary Ure (They Were Collaborators#553) in Sons and Lovers in 1960.
Kazan directed Robert De Niro in The Last Tycoon and DeNiro also appeared in Bloody Mama directed by Roger Corman (Artists In Action #489)
Come to think of it Warren Beatty appeared in Dick Tracey and In Bed With Madonna with the star of Before and After #174.
Oh god make it STOP!

Vanwall said...

I was looking for a transposition letter key from the Agincourt speech in Henry V, and a number setting on my 20-Wheel Enigma Machine, to get to the bottom of this one. Thanks, Testify, you've saved me hours of investigative work!

Tommy O'C said...

That was a bravura effort, Testify. Kudos.