ESQUIRE MAGAZINE COVER: MARCH, 1970
When a high-profile magazine, such as Esquire, wants to sell copies of their latest issue back in 1970, they put the biggest star in the world on its cover (Lee Marvin Point Blank, p. 175). It would be natural to assume that would mean this same big star would be profiled within its covers. The magazine, which at the time measured a whopping 10×13, had a caption that would lead the reader to believe it as well. “Evil lurks in California. Lee Marvin is afraid. See page 99,” Okay, turn to page 99 and what’s to be found? On page 99 you find the beginning o a multi-layered article on why evil does indeed lurk in California. At that moment in time it meant the Manson family, the murder of Robert F. Kennedy and a slew of other well-known atrocites. Keep in mind, this is the same magazine that thought it would be cute to have a cover photo of Lt. John Calley smiling as he’s shown surrounded by a group of Vietnamese children and villagers.
In any event, Marvin may indeed have been afraid, but you’d never know it from Esquire…or from the cover photo!
While filming The Klansman (1974) in Oroville, California, film historian John Gloske unobtrusively visited the set and took some candid photos. I met him by chance back in the 90s and, with very little cajoling on my part, he graciously shared them with me while I was researching Lee Marvin Point Blank. That’s him below standing next to Richard Burton…
RICHARD BURTON & JOHN GLOSKE ON SET OF THE KLANSMAN W/ LEE MARVIN BELOW.
CANIDD SHOTS OF LEE MARVIN ON THE SET OF THE KLANSMAN
Gloske also agreed to be interviewed and told me of an hilarious prank pulled on an unwitting and overly serious Cameron Mitchell was related in the book. Not included (but recounted below) was Gloske’s quote about the experience of being on set during as well as after the film’s shoot: “Okay, When they finished the film, Richard Burton wound up in a detox center. The both of them, throughout the film, were drinking big tumblers of vodka with ice. Marvin made a big deal about it because he said, ‘Hey, I’m an American and I can outdrink Burton.’ Burton thought he was THE drinker in the world but Burton wound up in the detox center.”