TOP TEN LIST OF THINGS YOU CAN LEARN IN LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK

"Alright, dude, are you man enough for Lee Marvin: PointBlank?"

“Alright, dude, are you man enough for Lee Marvin: PointBlank?”

Top Ten List:
What are the top ten things (at the very least) you can learn about Lee Marvin by reading Lee Marvin: Point Blank? This particular Top Ten list, partial at best, is below. The answers, in narrative form, are in the book, which naturally you are MOST encouraged to check out…..

1. DESPITE A POPULAR URBAN LEGEND, LEE MARVIN AND BOB (CAPTAIN KANGAROO) KEESHAN IN NO WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM KNEW EACH OTHER IN THE USMC DURING WWII….OR MR. ROGERS, EITHER.

2. THE ACTUAL OUTCOME OF THE INFAMOUS PALIMONY CASE THAT IS STILL MISUNDERSTOOD TO THIS DAY. READERS ARE OFTEN SURPRISED NOT ONLY BY THE OUTCOME BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO MICHELE TRIOLA THE DAY THE VERDICT WAS HANDED DOWN.

3. LEE MARVIN’S LIFE-LONG LOVE AFFAIR WITH A PARTICULAR KIND OF MUSIC YOU WOULD NOT HAVE GUESSED IN A MILLION YEARS! I KNOW I DIDN’T BUT IT WAS CONFIRMED BY HIS WIFE, SON, FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS. STORIES ABOUND BOTH FUNNY AND POIGNANT AS TO WHY AND HOW HE LOVED THIS PARTICULAR GENRE.

4. IN SPITE OF THE TYPE OF FILMS HE MADE, THE PERSONAL POLITICS OF LEE MARVIN IS OFTEN A BIG SURPRISE TO MANY OF HIS FANS.

5. HE WAS TRAINED IN SHAKESPEARE AND WOULD QUOTE THE BARD WHENEVER THE MOOD STRUCK HIM.

6. HIS LIFE IN WOODSTOCK AFTER THE WAR LONG BEFORE THE FAMOUS CONCERT AND THE TRUE STORY OF HOW HE GOT HIS ACTING START THERE. UNLIKE CONTEMPORARY ACTION STARS, HIS TRAINING EVENTUALLY GOT HIM TO THE BROADWAY STAGE.

7. HIS EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF HIS EXPERIENCE IN WWII AS IT HAPPENED THRU NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN LETTERS HE WROTE HOME TO FAMILY & FRIENDS AT THE TIME!

8. WAS NOT ASKED TO LEAVE ST. LEO ACADEMY FOR BOYS IN FLORIDA, AND, WAS IN FACT, GIVEN AN HONORAY DEGREE IN 1969 BY HIS MENTOR AND TEACHER.

9. THE ACTUAL FATE OF HIS GREAT UNCLE ROSS MARVIN, WHO DIED DURING THE PEARY EXPEDITION TO THE NORTH POLE THAT EVEN LEE MARVIN HIMSELF NEVER KNEW.

10. WHAT HE REALLY THOUGHT OF SUCH FAMOUS COSTARS AS RONALD REAGAN, CHARLES BRONSON, MARLON BRANDO, BURT LANCASTER, PAUL NEWMAN AND MORE!

11. HOW HE CREATED THE MODERN AMERICAN CINEMA OF VIOLENCE
Okay so there’s 11 instead of ten. There’s actually a WHOLE lot more exclusive info from my nearly 20 years of research on Lee Marvin’s life and career. Just wanted to see if you were paying attention!
Lee Marvin: Point Blank by Dwayne Epstein (cover)

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