DIRTY DOZEN ON ICE SHOW HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR!

Happy holidays, faithful Lee Marvin Point Blank blog readers! And there’s no better way to enjoy the holidays than with an ice show…Lee Marvin style. What’s that? You say you’re a devoted follower of the man’s life and work and yet never heard of his ice show contribution? Well, allow me to set the record straight for you non-believers.

You are not alone, as there ae others unfamiliar with the ice show spectacular known as The Dirty Dozen on Ice. It actually was the original entity of the classic WWII film, long before it was committed to celluloid. It seems TCM’s founder, Ted Turner so loved the brutal novel he envisioned an ice show spectacular not unlike the Ice Capades or Disney on Ice, but with a slightly higher body count by production’s end.

Auditions were held at Turner’ residence in Georgia at a secret compound hidden away from prying eyes somewhere in Atlanta. TMZ did manage to get some paparazzi pix, however, as shown below…..

Veteran actors show up at the secret compound’s audition in uniform, knowing it will help them secure a role. These finalist make the cut as Reisman tells them what their role entails.

With a veteran cast of more macho than usual skaters in place, a read-thru was conducted in which all the participants committed their part to memory…..

The entire cast pictured at The Dirty Dozen On Ice’s first script read thru.

Auditions and read thru behind them, all concerned dedicated themselves to the hard work before opening night. It was not easy of course, and some of the ensemble balked violently at last minute cuts made to the extravaganza due to length and possible exhaustion…..

Posey learns from Major Reisman that his rain dance has been cut from the ice show and he reacts accordingly. Luckily, Reisman’s skill with props on ice helps subdue the gentle giant.

Final kinks worked out, including the difficult finale at the Nazi’s High Command compound, dress rehearsals then began. Some of the cast of characters, who shall reman nameless, took it upon themselves to do a little fancy improvising during dress….

Sgt. Bowren shows off a little during dress rehearsal.

Executive producer Ted Turner utilized his considerable influence to secure an appropriate venue for the production’s secretive out-of-the-way premiere…..

Opening night marquee of Dirty Dozen on Ice at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

All the hard work apparently paid off, as witnessed by the audience’s reaction. It proved to be so successful, that fortunately, an MGM executive was in the audience opening night. He pulled Turner aside, made an offer, bought the film rights, and the rest, as they say, is cinematic history.

Sadly, the contract called for only one performance of the well-honed spectacle. It didn’t even get chance to compete with Disney’s Frozen. Luckily, some rare footage was recently discovered! So, without further adieu, I give you the rarely seen “Best of” footage of….. THE DIRTY DOZEN ON ICE! Enjoy and happiest of holidays!
– Dwayne Epstein

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$200 FOR MINT COLLECTIBLE LEE MARVIN ACTION FIGURE

I haven’t tried this before so bear with me. Having long ago completed my biography Lee Marvin Point Blank, I decided to sell off much of my Lee Marvin ephemera, as it has certainly served its purpose. Besides, it may be better appreciated by other fans out there looking for such intriguing oddities. Chief among my treasures is a Lee Marvin action figure that came out in 2001 by a company out of Hong Kong named Dragon. I paid good money for this ‘collectible,’ and kept it in mint condition, despite the fact that the urge to take it out of its blister pack asylum was almost overwhelming.
I have seen some other similar collectible action figures, but the likeness to Marvin in this one is pretty impressive. The same company did one on Charles Bronson from the same film and the result is just plain hideous. Even more impressive then the likeness to Marvin are the detailed accessories, such as all the weaponry, uniform, even the small details, like the grease-gun magazines taped together as Marvin had it in the film. Yeah, the links to Marvin as Major John Reisman in The Dirty Dozen is just that cool!
By the way, the company intended it to be collectible by only putting out a limited number of 2,000, of which this particular version is number 1,300. If you can’t read it in the photos below, the I.D. card in the blister pack states: “This cyber hubby exclusive figure is being offered in gratitude to our faithful fans. Thank you for your continued support in Dragon Models and Cyber-Hobby.com!”
So, having said al that, any interested parties should contact me here on the blog. Simply click the date at the top of the page to bring up the ‘Leave a Reply’ link at the bottom of the page. I’ll respond privately without the message going public with any answers to your questions, interests or concerns. I’m asking $200, waaaaay below the collector’s prices I’ve seen on Ebay and elsewhere. However, I’ll also gladly entertain any counter offer, as well. As I said, it’s in mint condition, blister packaging has never been opened, and is loaded with great accessories. I’ve also decided to add some hard-to-find, collectible freebies (for the $200 offer ONLY) which can be seen after the pix of the action figure: Dirty Dozen comic book, MAD Magazine Dirty Dozen parody issue.
Payment can be made though PayPal as it’s quick, easy and free via  ‘Money to Friends and Family.’ All that’s required is a credit card and an e-mail address. I’m doing it this way to avoid Ebay’s astronomical fees, lately. Oh, and free shipping anywhere in the United States!
So, after perusing the pictures below, feel free to let me know if you’re interested. If you’re a fan, you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy…..

Front cover of the unopened box.

Front cover of the mint-in-box collectible action figure.

Side view of box.

Lee Marvin action figure side view of box.

Inside image of all included accessories and figure. Window opens via velcro closure.

Inside image of all included accessories and figure. Window opens via velcro closure.

Little more detail of figure and accessories.

Little more detail of figure and accessories.

Detail of figure and accessories IN the box.

Detail of figure and accessories IN the box.

3/4 image of figure IN the box.

3/4 image of figure IN the box.

Close up image of some of the detailed accessories.

Close up image of some of the detailed accessories.

Top half of image of detailed accessories.

Top half of image of detailed accessories.

Check out the likeness to Marvin in detail.

Check out the likeness to Marvin in detail.

Cover of hard-to-find Dell Comics DIRTY DOZEN issue.

Cover of hard-to-find Dell Comics DIRTY DOZEN issue.

Sample of comic's inside artwork.

Sample of comic’s inside artwork.

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