Victor Mature
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Victor Mature
Victor John Mature was an American stage, film and television actor.
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Stanley Kubrick & Jim Thompson Almost Fell Out Over Screenwriting Credits To ... - Indie Wire (blog)
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The studio originally wanted Victor Mature for the lead part that Sterling Hayden eventually took. They would only commit $200000 and when the film was budgeted for $330000, UA told Harris and Kubrick that they could invest their own money,
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Sinhué o la novela de los médicos - El Porvenir
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Sinuhé, el egipcio, vasta y faraónica construcción verbal, llevada a su momento a la pantalla, con el rostro de Victor Mature y la estética de Hollywood. La cinta tuvo gran eco en ese tiempo ampuloso de superproducciones, donde la antigüedad era
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No 1088: Sun Glitters - The Guardian
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Most likely to: Appeal to readers of Glitchfork, sorry, Pitchfork. Least likely to: Appeal to fans of Victor Mature. What to buy: Everything Could Be Fine is released on 5 September by LebensStrasse. File next to: Star Slinger, Gold Panda, Balam Acab,
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'Conan' more brawn than brains - Boston Herald
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C+ When asked about seeing Cecil B. DeMille's 1949 biblical extravaganza “Samson and Delilah” with Victor Mature and Hedy LaMarr, Groucho Marx famously observed that Samson's “bosoms” were bigger than Delilah's. That is also true of leading man Jason
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Stanley Kubrick fans rejoice! 'The Killing” & “Killer's Kiss” on Blu-Ray Today! - Examiner.com
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Trivia: Kubrick wanted Sterling Hayden for the lead in The Killing, even though bigger names like Victor Mature, Jack Palance, and Frank Sinatra either showed interest or were approached. Kubrick hired his old chess-playing buddy Kola Kwariani,
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Orson Welles Movie Schedule: CITIZEN KANE, MR. ARKADIN, THE IMMORTAL STORY - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Victor Mature, Orson Welles, Folco Lulli. C-83 mins, Letterbox Format 7:30 AM TOMORROW IS FOREVER (1946) A scarred veteran presumed dead returns home to find his wife remarried. Dir: Irving Pichel. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles,
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Enigma y esplendor en el Ritz - Sur Digital (Andalucía)
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Esto sin contar nada de Hemingway, Alexander Fleming, Grace y Rainiero, Ava Gadner, Michelle Pfeiffer, Madonna...; ni de Victor Mature, James Steward o Sara Montiel, que no fueron admitidos en el Ritz por ser actores, contraviniendo una regla de oro
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Movies on TV, Today & Tonight - Regina Leader-Post
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4: 00 (39) >> The Last Frontier Victor Mature. Three scouts come to blows with arrogant fort commander. (2 hrs.) (43) >> Sleeping With the Enemy Julia Roberts. A woman takes drastic measures to flee her abusive husband. (2 hrs
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What's On Sunday
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NOON (Fox Movie) NIAGARA (1953) Marilyn Monroe and Niagara Falls are both shining stars of this dramatic thriller. Honeymooners Polly (Jean Peters) and Ray Cutler (Casey Adams) arrive at their cottage by the falls to find that Rose (Monroe) and George Loomis (Joseph Cotten, above with Monroe) have not yet checked out. The Cutlers take temporary
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Get Out: Roller Girls, Little Italy, Pow Wow and More.. - Patch.com
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This week: "After the Fox," 1966 film directed by Vittorio De Sica, starring Peter Sellers, Victor Mature, Britt Ekland, Martin Balsam. Where/When: The Mornington Players at the Dundalk United Methodist Church, 6903 Mornington Road, Dundalk
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Little Italy hosts hilarious, offbeat Peter Sellers caper, 'After the Fox' - Baltimore Sun (blog)
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It's a series of low-comic riffs on hubris, whether that of criminal masterminds, chest-beating Papas, or Hollywood movie stars like Tony Powell (played by Victor Mature with priceless self-parody), a hunk of beefcake who tries to keep up his macho
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Le tube de l'été 1988 : "Essa moça tá diferente" (Chico Buarque) - La Provence
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D'autant que les garçons étaient également de premier choix, notamment le Victor Mature de service qui réussissait la prouesse de jongler avec une canette à la seule force du biceps droit. Il serait toutefois très réducteur de limiter cet énorme succès
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First Look: John Carter (of Mars) Trailer - Pajamas Media
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How about Robert Taylor or Victor Mature? Errol Flynn might have been OK too. I apologize if my cynicism is showing through but so many films have disappointed upon being transferred from literature to celluloid that I am fully expecting disaster
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Take a plunge into the past - Calgary Herald
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In-the-know girls (and boys) have been snapping the label's modest suits and trunks up (for the boys, think high-waisted belted trunks as worn by Victor Mature or Ricardo Montalban in one of Williams' aquatic extravaganzas -or Sean Connery in Dr. No)
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Fiction review: Doc - Richmond Times Dispatch
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In John Ford's 1946 film, "My Darling Clementine," the swarthy, broad-shouldered Victor Mature portrayed him as a black-clad, gun-slinging fatalist painfully aware of his mortality. It neatly captured Doc Holliday's iconic Old West persona
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Chris Isaak returns to Asheville for Orange Peel date - Asheville Citizen-Times
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“I love to act, but to be honest, I always relate to the words of the actor Victor Mature. He was denied entrance to a golf club because he was an actor, and his response was 'I'm no actor and I've got 50 films to prove it,'” he explained
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Victor Mature
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1999
    Age 86
    Mature died of leukemia in 1999 at his Rancho Santa Fe, California home, at the age of 86.
    More Details Hide Details He was buried in the family plot, marked by a replica of the Angel of Grief, at St. Michael's Cemetery in his hometown of Louisville. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Mature has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6780 Hollywood Boulevard. David Thomson wrote a critical appraisal of Mature in his book, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Mature is an uninhabited creature of the naive. Simple, crude and heady - like ketchup or treacle - he is a diet scorned by the knowing, but obsessive if succumbed to in error. It is too easy to dismiss Mature, for he surpasses badness. He is a strong man in a land of hundred pound weaklings, an incredible concoction of beef steak, husky voice and brilliantine - a barely concealed sexual advertisement for soiled goods. Remarkably, he is as much himself in the cheerfully meretricious and the pretentiously serious. Such a career has no more pattern than a large ham; it slices consistently forever. The more lurid or distasteful the art the better Mature comes across.
  • 1980
    Age 67
    In 1980 he said he was "pretty proud of about 50% of my motion pictures.
    More Details Hide Details Demetrius and the Gladiators wasn't bad. The Robe and Samson and Delilah weren't bad. I made 72 of them and I made close to $18 million. So what the hell." He said in the same interview his favourite actors were Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman and especially Burt Reynolds. George Clooney played a caricature of Victor Mature in the 2016 Coen brothers movie "Hail Caesar!" Mature was married five times. He had also been engaged to Rita Hayworth (before she married Orson Welles) and Anne Shirley.
  • 1979
    Age 66
    His last feature film appearance was a cameo as a millionaire in Firepower in 1979, while his final acting role was that of Samson's father Manoah in the TV movie Samson and Delilah in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details I was never that crazy about acting. I had a compulsion to earn money, not to act. So I worked as an actor until I could afford to retire. I wanted to quit while I could still enjoy life... I like to loaf. Everyone told me I would go crazy or die if I quit working. Yeah? Well what a lovely way to die.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1971
    Age 58
    He came out of retirement again in 1971 to star in Every Little Crook and Nanny and again in 1976 along with many other former Hollywood stars in Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood.
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  • 1968
    Age 55
    Mature was famously self-deprecatory about his acting skills. Once, after being rejected for membership in a country club because he was an actor, he cracked, "I'm not an actor — and I've got sixty-four films to prove it!" He was quoted in 1968 on his acting career: "Actually, I am a golfer.
    More Details Hide Details That is my real occupation. I never was an actor. Ask anybody, particularly the critics."
    In a similar vein in 1968 he played a giant, The Big Victor, in Head, a potpourri movie starring The Monkees.
    More Details Hide Details The character poked fun at both his screen image and, reportedly, RCA Victor who distributed Colgems Records, the Monkees's label. Mature enjoyed the script while admitting it made no sense to him, saying "All I know is it makes me laugh."
  • FORTIES
  • 1959
    Age 46
    Mature was reunited with producer Irwin Allen for The Big Circus, shot in early 1959.
    More Details Hide Details Mature then made his second film for Warwick under his two-picture contract with them, The Bandit of Zhobe. He followed this with an Italian peplum, Hannibal, with Mature in the title role. It was shot in Italy, as was The Tartars with Orson Welles. Mature then retired. "It wasn't fun anymore," said Mature. "I was ok financially so I thought what the hell - I'll become a professional loafer." After five years of retirement, he was lured back into acting by the opportunity to parody himself in After the Fox (1966), co-written by Neil Simon. Mature played "Tony Powell", an aging American actor who is living off his reputation from his earlier body of work.
  • 1955
    Age 42
    In May 1955 Mature signed a two-picture contract with Warwick Productions.
    More Details Hide Details Warwick was an English company who had success making films aimed at the international market with American stars; they released their films in the USA through Columbia Pictures. The first of Mature's films for Warwick was to be Zarak. He ended up making Safari beforehand, a tale of the Mau Mau with location filming in Kenya. Both Safari and Zarak were successful. Sam Goldwyn Jr hired him to make The Sharkhunters, released through United Artists and shot on location in Cuba. He was back with Warwick for Interpol, reteaming him with his Zarak co-star, Anita Ekberg, filmed throughout Europe. In London he made The Long Haul, a truck driving drama with Diana Dors, the second film under his deal with Columbia. Mature finally made a movie for his own production company, Romina Productions, in conjunction with United Artists and Batjac Productions: China Doll, directed by Frank Borzage, with whom Mature co-produced. Mature and Borzage announced they would also make The Incorrigibles and Vaults of Heaven.
    In March 1955, while making Last Frontier, Mature announced he had also signed a contract with United Artists for them to finance and distribute six films over five years for Mature's own company.
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  • 1954
    Age 41
    In 1954, Mature signed a two-picture deal with Columbia Pictures, giving him script and co-star approval, at $200,000 a film.
    More Details Hide Details The first movie he made under this contract was The Last Frontier (1955). Before he started making that, however, he was called back to Fox to appear in the heist thriller, Violent Saturday. This was the last movie he made at Fox.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1953
    Age 40
    Back at RKO, Mature made Dangerous Mission for producer Irwin Allen. He travelled to Holland in September 1953 to support Clarke Gable and Lana Turner in a World War Two film made at MGM, Betrayed, another popular success.
    More Details Hide Details Fox put Mature into another Ancient history spectacle, The Egyptian. He was originally meant to co-star with Marlon Brando and Kirk Douglas. Mature renewed his contract with Fox for another year, his 12th at that studio. The Egyptian ended up starring Mature with Edmund Purdom and Michael Wilding, plus Bella Darvi; it was a box office disappointment. Mature went over to Universal to play the title role in Chief Crazy Horse, in exchange for a fee and a percentage of the profits. Fox wanted Mature to support Tyrone Power and Susan Hayward in Untamed (1955) but Mature refused, claiming he had worked for two years and wanted a vacation. The studio replaced him with Richard Egan and put him under what they called a "friendly" suspension.
  • 1952
    Age 39
    The Robe had been in development in Hollywood for over a decade. In December 1952 Mature signed to play Demetrius in two movies, The Robe and a sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiator.
    More Details Hide Details The films were shot consecutively. The Robe, the first CinemaScope movie, was an enormous success, one of the most popular movies of all time. Veils of Bagdad was not as popular, but Demetrius and the Gladiator was another hit.
  • 1950
    Age 37
    In September 1950 he was making a film in Montana about fire fighters, Wild Winds, for Fox with John Lund.
    More Details Hide Details Mature injured himself in a motorcycle accident. After Lund was stung by a wasp and location was snowed in, it was decided to abandon the film. (It was later filmed with new stars as Red Skies of Montana.) Mature took a number of months off, before returning to filmmaking with The Las Vegas Story, with Jane Russell at RKO. RKO released - but did not produce - Mature's next film, Androcles and the Lion, an adaptation of the play by George Bernard Shaw with Mature as a Roman centurion. Like Las Vegas Story it was a box office failure. Far more popular was a musical he made at MGM, Million Dollar Mermaid with Esther Williams, a biopic of Annette Kellermann, playing Kellermann's promoter husband. According to William's autobiography, she and Mature had a romantic relationship. Back at Fox, Mature was meant to be reteamed with Betty Grable in a musical, The Farmer Takes a Wife, but the studio instead reassigned him to a comedy with Patricia Neal, Something for the Birds.
  • 1949
    Age 36
    In late 1949 Mature was meant to fulfill another commitment at RKO, Alias Mike Fury (the new title for Mr Whiskers).
    More Details Hide Details Mature refused to make the movie and was put on suspension by Fox. The script was rewritten and Mature ended up making the film, which was retitled Gambling House. Back at Fox he supported Ann Sheridan in a comedy, Stella.
  • 1945
    Age 32
    Mature was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard in November 1945 and he resumed his acting career.
    More Details Hide Details After the war, Mature was cast by John Ford in My Darling Clementine, playing Doc Holliday opposite Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp. The film was produced by 20th Century Fox whose head of production Darryl F. Zanuck was delighted that Ford wanted to use Mature, telling the director that: Zanuck promised Mature he would keep him away from musicals and stuck to that, casting him in the period thriller Moss Rose; Mature received a $50,000 bonus after shooting completed. His next film was the film noir, Kiss of Death, which had been developed specifically as a vehicle for him. The movie, shot mostly on location in New York, was not a particularly large hit but was popular, earned Mature some of his best reviews and turned Richard Widmark into a star. Still at Fox, Mature made his first Western, Fury at Furnace Creek, replacing John Payne. That film co-starred Colleen Gray who had been in Kiss of Death and Fox announced plans to team them for a third time in a remake of Seventh Heaven. However the film was not made. Instead he co-starred with Richard Conte in a thriller directed by Robert Siodmak, Cry of the City.
    In May 1945, Mature was reassigned to the Coast Guard manned troop transport, which was involved in transferring troops to the Pacific Theater.
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  • 1944
    Age 31
    He assisted Coast Guard recruiting efforts by being a featured player in the musical revue Tars and Spars, which opened in Miami, Florida, in April 1944 and toured the United States for the next year.
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    In 1944, he did a series of War Bond tours and acted in morale shows.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1942
    Age 29
    In July 1942, Mature attempted to enlist in the U.S. Navy, but was rejected for color blindness.
    More Details Hide Details He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard after taking a different eye test the same day. He was assigned to the, which was doing Greenland Patrol work. This meant that when Paramount filmed Lady in the Dark, Mature was unable to reprise his stage role. After 14 months aboard the Storis, Mature was promoted to the rank of chief boatswain's mate.
  • 1941
    Age 28
    In November 1941 Fox bought out the four years remaining on Mature's contract with Hal Roach for $80,000. (This included loan out provisions to RKO.) Roach had not wanted to sell but he was in financial difficulties and his backers insisted.
    More Details Hide Details Mature would be paid $1,500 a week. He had also had six commitments with RKO. "The studio Fox will have to make a success of me," said Mature. "I wasn't pampered the way a Tyrone Power was," Mature recalled later of his time at Fox. "Zanuck would say, 'If you're not careful, I'll give you Mature for your next picture'." Fox talked of reuniting Hayworth and Mature in a Russian set war film Ski Patrol. Instead Mature was lent to RKO for a musical with Lucille Ball, Seven Days' Leave. This was followed by Footlight Serenade with Grable and Payne. All these films were very popular at the box office.
    The musical debuted on Broadway in January 1941 and was a smash hit, making a star of Danny Kaye and Macdonald Carey, and causing fresh appreciation for Mature's talents.
    More Details Hide Details His performance was well received, Brooks Atkinson of the New York Times calling him "unobjectionably handsome and affable". The description of Randy Curtis in the musical - "Beautiful Hunk of Man" - would be frequently used to describe Mature throughout his career. Mature missed some of the run due to an emergency appendectomy but ended up playing the role until June. When Mature left Lady in the Dark he announced that 20th Century Fox had bought out half of Mature's contract with Hal Roach. His first film under the contract was to be Bowery Nightingale with Alice Faye. He was going to follow this with The Shanghai Gesture for Arnold Pressburger and Josef von Sternberg at United Artists. Bowery Nightingale was not made so Fox instead assigned Mature to appear in a thriller with Faye, I Wake Up Screaming (which had a working title of Hot Spot); Faye ended up being replaced with Betty Grable. Filming of The Shanghai Gesture was postponed to enable Mature to finish Screaming, which was a popular success. The Shanghai Gesture also proved popular.
  • 1939
    Age 26
    Mature signed a seven-year contract with Roach in September 1939.
    More Details Hide Details Roach cast Mature in a small role in The Housekeeper's Daughter, then gave him his first leading role, as a fur-clad caveman in One Million B.C. (1940). The film was highly publicized and it raised Mature's profile; Hedda Hopper called him "a sort of miniature Johnny Weismuller.) Roach then put him in a swashbuckler set during the War of 1812, Captain Caution (1940). As Hal Roach only made a handful of movies every year, he lent out Mature's services to RKO, who used him as a leading man in the Anna Neagle-Herbert Wilcox musical, No, No Nanette. The studio were so pleased with his performance they bought an option to take over half of Mature's contract with Hal Roach, enabling them to draw on his services for two films a year over three years. Wilcox wanted to reunite Mature with Neagle in Sunny Roach announced Mature would support Victor McLaglen in Broadway Limited but the film was never made.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1918
    Age 5
    An older brother, Marcellus Paul Mature, died at 11 in 1918 from osteomyelitis.
    More Details Hide Details Victor Mature attended St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky, the Kentucky Military Institute, and the Spencerian Business School. He briefly sold candy and operated a restaurant before moving to California. Mature studied and acted at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. For three years he lived in a tent in the backyard of Mrs Willigan, a mother of a fellow student, Catherine Lewis. He was spotted by an agent for Hal Roach while acting in a production of To Quito and Back.
  • 1913
    Age 0
    Born on January 29, 1913.
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