LEE MARVIN ARTICLE IN GUN WORLD, DEC. 1967

Gun World

Lee Marvin was a fan of the written word, despite his undiagnosed ADD, and throughout his life he proved to be a frustrated writer. Attempts at writing fiction bear this out  as seen in samples reprinted in Lee Marvin Point Blankas well as his work on the scripts of several film projects, such as The Wild Bunch. According to first wife, Betty Marvin, she and Lee both collaborated on several script ideas, which would be interesting to speculate what may have become of them had they reached the screen….

Below is an example of his writing on a subject near and dear to his heart: hunting in the wild, in this case, dove downing, with a few asides into his history and love of hunting, as published in Gun World Magazine (click to enlarge each page)gunworld1gunworld2gunworld3gunworld4gunworld5

By the way, although uncredited, it was recently brought to my attention that the wonderful photographs accompanying Lee’s article were taken by Richard Friske. It was Friske’s son Matthew who brought it to my attention and thank you for it, Matthew. According to Matthew, his father and Lee would go hunting and fishing in and around Tucson quite a bit. Cool, huh?

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RARE IMAGES OF LEE IN POSTWAR WOODSTOCK, NEW YORK

POSTWAR WOODSTOCK (and more!)
Lee Marvin would be the first to say he never had a hometown, having grown up and gone to school all over the Eastern seaboard, from New York and New Jersey, to New Hampshire and Florida.  He would also admit that if he had any roots at all, it would be in the upstate region of Woodstock, New York. His parents gave him and his brother, Robert  memorable summers when they were children. After the war, following short horrific stints in both Manhattan and Chicago (Lee Marvin: Point Blank), the family settled in Woodstock where they took up residence for the rest of their lives. In fact, Lee’s mother Courtenay, father Monte, and brother Robert all lived in the Bearsville home until their deaths.
It was in Woodstock, while working as a plumber’s apprentice for Adolph Heckeroth, that Lee discovered his true calling. What he did until that time can be seen below….

chicago-1In Chicago after the war and still sporting the mustache he grew in the Pacific, Lee enjoys a night with one of the many local women he dated through the years.

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For most of his life, Marvin enjoyed two past times since childhood. One was fishing, that grew to include deep sea fishing off the coasts of Mexico and Australia when he got older, to another manly pursuit….

deerhunt-1He loved to go hunting as shown above, which once resulted in a a comical run-in with his boss, Adolph Heckeroth (Lee Marvin Point Blank, p. 59)

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ALTERNATE COVER FOR LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK

An alternate cover?
While Lee Marvin: Point Blank was in the final stages of production, several cover images were considered before settling on the one that was ultimately used. One that was considered early on is pictured below. It was taken during a hunting expedition Lee Marvin did for Gun World Magazine in the early 1960s.  Marvin wrote an article for Gun World about the expedition entitled The Dubious Dynamics of Dove Downing in which he elaborated on his technique, weapon of choice and a bit of history in hunting from his Florida days. There’s another story there to published at a later time that Lee loved to indulge in but was entirely fabricated!

The photo below didn’t make the fnal article, but although uncredited, it was recently brought to my attention that the wonderful photographs accompanying Lee’s article were taken by Richard Friske. It was Friske’s son Matthew who brought it to my attention and thank you for it, Matthew. According to Matthew, his father and Lee would go hunting and fishing in and around Tucson quite a bit.

Anybody want to guess as to why the image was was not used?
Alternat cover for LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK not used in final version.

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