Woodstock New York’s local newspaper was and is The Daily Freeman. As a local entity, it routinely ran information of upcoming events. This rare clipping below is one such example but it is doubtful anyone on the paper knew they were heralding the acting debut of a future Oscar winner. The humorous account of the 1946 Red Cross Benefit entitled, “Ten Nights in a Barroom,” is chronicled in Lee Marvin: Point Blank but the clipping below was part of the Marvin family attic that did not make it into the book. Why the name ‘William Pierpont’ and his face have been scratched out only Lee Marvin knows….
LEE MARVIN (far right) pictured with the rest of the cast in his acting debut noted in Woodstock’s Daily Freeman.
The late, great director John Frankenheimer graciously granted me an interview for my bio on Lee back in the 90s as he had directed Marvin in The Iceman Cometh in the 70s but also on televsion in the 50s and 60s. Practically all of what he said to me was used in the text of Lee Marvin Point Blank, except for the following unused, but worthwhile quote:
“He really was one of the most talented guys I have ever known. There’s nobody that worked with props better. There’s nobody that wore a hat better. You look at The Professionals. There’s nobody that knew his stuff better than Lee… Lee Marvin hated, above anything else, bullshit, of any kind. Anybody he thought was trying to bullshit him, he would absolutely decimate those people. And he could do it. In the first place, he had a tremendous presence. And he had a tremendous command of the English language. And he was funny. He could just absolutely reduce anybody right down to three inches tall, if he wished to do it. He’d go right along with it. He’d say, ‘Oh, is that right? You really feel that way? Tell me about that?’ Then he’d say, ‘You asshole!’ only better than that. So Lee and I, right from the beginning, understood each other very well…. I think Lee belonged right up there with any other actor you could name.”
(L-R) John Boorman, Sam Fuller & Lee Marvin pose together in Ireland while filming The Big Red One.
Even though this polaroid is in the photo section of Lee Marvin Point Blank, it’s worth seeing again here in full-color. Taken by Christa Fuller in the late 1970s while filming a portion of The Big Red One, her husband, director Sam Fuller (center) and his costar, Lee Marvin, visit their mutual friend, director John Boorman (left) at his home in Ireland. There were but a handful of directors who truly understood Lee’s screen persona and knew how to utilize it at its best. The gentlemen pictured with him or two of the best….