BRAD BROOKS: LEE MARVIN’S UZI

Brad Brooks, a Bay-area rocker who’s most recent album has an interesting Lee Marvin reference, was stumbled upon by yours truly while Googling for any Marvin mention in the media. It’s a kickass song and I can tell you honestly, I’ve never heard of the guy!

His website describes him thusly: “Brad Brooks is that rare quadruple threat of writer, player, singer, and performer. His songs combine the melodic sensibility of Elvis Costello, the best instincts of Wilco and Brian Wilson, the orchestral sophistication of Queen, along w/the Stones/Bowie gritty edges of rock/soul.”

Okay, fair enough, but truth be told I hear more than a little reference to such blue-collar rockers as John Fogerty and Bruce Springsteen. Such promo hype aside, I listened to the song recently and my girlfriend and I both agree. The man can rock! Now I don’t know if Lee Marvin ever used an Uzi in life (he did in (Delta Force) but the imagery works for me. As to the “Prime Time Rapist,” might that be a veiled Trump reference? Hmm….
– Dwayne Epstein

Lee Marvin & the boys of Delta Force with their collective Uzis.


As to Marvin’s true weapon of choice? Read Lee Marvin Point Blank. Anyway check out the song here with the lyrics below. 

Cover of the Brad Brooks Album GOD SAVE THE CITY which includes the single, LEE MARVIN’S UZI.




LEE MARVIN’S UZI

IT WAS MORNING
HOTTER THAN HELL
KNOCKED ON THE DOOR
HEARD A VOICE THAT I KNEW SO WELL
SAW IT OUT THE CORNER MY EYE LIKE IT WAS GOLD
LEE MARVIN’S UZI HAD A STORY UNTOLD
A BIG BLUE MARLIN HANGING ON THE WALL
LEE MARVIN’S UZI WASN’T SMALL

AS I MET THE MAN IT BECAME SO SURREAL
IT WAS SITTIN RIGHT THERE BETWEEN US TO STEAL
HE SAID “I’D HATE TO USE IT, BUT ITS THERE”
LEE MARVIN’S UZI DIDN’T CARE
LIKE LIBERTY VALANCE OR KID SHELLEEN
LEE MARVIN’S UZI IT COULD STING

JUST IN CASE BECAME JUST THE PAST
DON’T PAINT YOUR WAGON
BETTER MAKE IT FAST
THE PRIME TIME RAPIST WAS IN THE AIR
LEE MARVIN’S UZI IT WAS WAITING THERE
LIKE LIBERTY VALANCE OR KID SHELLEEN
LEE MARVIN’S UZI IT WAS MEAN
IT WAS MEAN
IT WAS MEAN
IT WAS MEAN

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THE OTHER KID SHELLEEN(S)

Believe it or not, Lee Marvin’s Oscar-winning turn as Kid Shelleen in the film Cat Ballou (1965) has had more than one incarnation. In spite of the fact that the original film was a headache to make for almost all involved and was not thought to be successful before its release, Hollywood jumped at the chance to remake it once its success was solidified.
Marvin was asked about making a sequel and/or remake but logically passed on the idea as I discovered in my interview with the film’s director (Lee Marvin: Point Blank).
That didn’t stop Hollywood from trying to cash in on the film’s hard-earned success. According to the IMDb, “NBC developed two pilots based on Cat Ballou with completely different casts and crews. They were aired on consecutive evenings in September of 1971. Neither pilot was picked up as a series.”
The first of these 2 was set to air in the 1969-70 season but sat on the shelf for 18 months before finally airing literally just one day before another version with Jo Ann Harris in the title role and Forrest Tucker as Kid Shelleen. That version could at least boast Tom Nardini reprising his role from the film as Jackson Two Bears, seen below in a recent photo…..

A recent photo of Lee Marvin's reclusive Cat Ballou costar, Tom Nardini.

A recent photo of Lee Marvin’s reclusive Cat Ballou costar, Tom Nardini.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other version of Cat Ballou starred Lesley Ann Warren in the Jane Fonda role and veteran character actor Jack Elam as Kid Shelleen. Apparently, the makers went so far as to attempt a recreation of Marvin’s famous sight gag from the film, but with less than spectacular results. Below is the original image on the left and the TV-movie version with Elam on the right. Ahh, Hollywood, won’t you ever learn?
– Dwayne Epstein

Lee Marvin as the original Kid Shelleen on the left and the remake with Jack Elam on the right.

Lee Marvin as the original Kid Shelleen on the left and the remake with Jack Elam on the right.

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LEE MARVIN’S OSCAR WIN REMEMBERED THIS OSCAR WEEKEND

dualBallou The 86th annual Oscars airs this Sunday and in honor of the event I’ve decided to post some applicable images and anecdotes of Lee Marvin’s still popular 1965 Best Actor win. It was an unlikely, yet memorable win on many levels. Comedy performances rarely win, nor do multiple roles no matter how impressive. Yet, Marvin’s dual role as both broken-down gunslinger Kid Shelleen and steel-nosed Tim Strawn of Cat Ballou managed to pull it off. Some trick photography of the day above highlights Marvin’s dual personalities.
Marvin’s road to the Oscar began with a call from his press agent and gained momentum as the awards season built up steam. First, there was the Golden Globe victory in which Marvin can be see below comparing notes with fellow GG winner Samantha Eggar who triumphed with The Collector….
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At the age of 41, the slow trajectory of Marvin’s film career finally made it to the launch pad with The Killers and the double barreled success of Cat Ballou and Ship of Fools blasted him into the stratosphere. In the weeks leading up to the big night, media outlets couldn’t get enough of Marvin, who obliged them with his own handicap of his long-shot chances. Come the big night, a flurry of events, that were at turns outrageous, suicidal, nightmarish, poignant, profane, and ultimately triumphant were recounted to this author by the actor’s press agent Paul Wasserman, first wife Betty, and career-long agent Meyer Mishkin (Lee Marvin Point Blank, pp. 158-161 &  166-169). A fan even went so far as to chronicle the evening for her scrapbook that she sent to me depicting Lee, presenter Julie Andrews, Best Actress winner Julie Christie and Marvin’s then-girlfriend, Michele Triola (with an incorrect caption, I might add)…
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Partying into the night, the puffy-eyed, clearly hung-over actor was forced to hold an impromptu press conference at LAX on the way back to London to the set of director Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen…..
APLAXAldrich hated giving the actor time away from the set for the award and a few years later, when actor Cliff Robertson made the same request when filming Aldrich’s Play Dirty, it was denied, forcing someone else to pick up his Oscar for Charly.
As for Marvin, the last word of the Oscars may be long to a small newspaper in the town of Lakeland, Florida. He hated the formative years he spent their in his youth, thrown from school to school and encountering fist fights wherever he went. Yet, decades later, the Lakeland Ledger had this headline accompanying the AP wire photo from above….
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