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 Post subject: Re: The Wreck of the Mary Deare
PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:26 pm 
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THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE was directed by Michael Anderson and starred Heston and in one of his earlier roles, Richard Harris. Six years later Heston starred in MAJOR DUNDEE which was narrated by Anderson's son (he also played the bugler) and again had Richard Harris opposing Heston on film. They didn't get along off-screen either. Harris called Heston a "square" and Chuck was miffed by Harris turning up late on the set, and by his drunken behaviour.


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 Post subject: Re: The Wreck of the Mary Deare
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James Byrne wrote:
THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE was directed by Michael Anderson and starred Heston and in one of his earlier roles, Richard Harris. Six years later Heston starred in MAJOR DUNDEE which was narrated by Anderson's son (he also played the bugler) and again had Richard Harris opposing Heston on film. They didn't get along off-screen either. Harris called Heston a "square" and Chuck was miffed by Harris turning up late on the set, and by his drunken behaviour.

Yupp. This has been well documented. At least Heston had valid complaints about Harris, all Harris could complain about Heston was that he was too professional during filming. He didn't like that Heston clocked the cast as they came to the set. I guess as the lead of the movie, Heston felt he had to help get things going since it was such a troubled shoot.

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 Post subject: Re: The Wreck of the Mary Deare
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Harris was a pain in the *** if you were a dedicated professional. He was one of those "angry young men" in British cinema at the time, a supposed hellraiser who thought it was their duty as a "hellraiser" to turn up late and drunk on the set as often as possible. Anyone who turned up on time and knew their lines was considered "square".

Richard Harris looks slightly bizarre to me in MAJOR DUNDEE. The over-the-top eye shadow was laughable. Why didn't they just leave him with his natural ginger eye lashes? After all there are a huge number of red haired Irishmen with ginger eyebrows in Ireland.


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 Post subject: Re: The Wreck of the Mary Deare
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Trailer of The Wreck of The Mary Deare



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 Post subject: Re: The Wreck of the Mary Deare
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That looks really good. Now I want to know what the deal is with Gary Cooper's character.....but I doubt that I will be seeing this movie any time soon!


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 Post subject: Re: The Wreck of the Mary Deare
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Trailer added, thanks again!

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 Post subject: Re: The Wreck of the Mary Deare
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 Post subject: Re: The Wreck of the Mary Deare
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 Post subject: Re: The Wreck of the Mary Deare
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LOL - I just noticed that poster a couple of posts above - the one with the full shots of Cooper and Heston facing off, Cooper with a fish hook and Heston with an axe. It looks like they're about to kill each other; it's a bit deceptive. They're mostly teamed up in this film and it seems like every other person associated with the shipping business, whether crew or owners, is corrupt.

This is one I remember as being in black & white which tells me I must have first watched it on a black & white TV... or, a long time ago. It's in color and widescreen during today's TCM showing. Heston was relegated to 2nd lead in this film; Cooper is the one in the pivotal role. It was a kick to see Richard Harris in the small role of a weasel in this one; he's the most up front villain here. He and Heston share a scene but don't actually exchange any dialog. In that scene, Cooper lays out Harris like the weasel that he is :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: The Wreck of the Mary Deare
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For the scene in which Chuck boards Cooper's derelict trump steamer, the technicians created the violent storm with hoses in full force and wind-machines and "built the starboard side of the ship and all of the bow,full-scale on rockers to make it roll realistically in the storm", as Cooper's biographer describes it.

Chuck himself recounted the diving-scene in his autobiography, 'IN THE ARENA'--

"The picture was rather difficult physically, particularly, the diving... I had to learn to dive to do it. Cooper already knew how to dive,...it's not easy when you are past forty(Chuck himself was much younger)...He worked all day and it was terribly exhausting...In every shot we had to get wet and dirty and remain under an awful physical pressure."

None of them took a stuntman. Hat's off to both.

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