Presented by James M. Tate / 1/01/2017 / No comments / action , dana andrews , drama , eddie albert , fifties , jeanne crain , sixties , thriller
THREE DECADES OF DANA ANDREWS & JEANNE CRAIN
|Dana tries wooing Jeanne Crain in the rain from DUEL IN THE JUNGLE|
|In STATE FAIR|
|Crain and Andrews face off on MADISON AVENUE|
|Year Released: 1961|
Based on a book titled The Build-Up Boys, Dana's just like his FALLEN character — only with a place to sleep and worth more than a crumpled dollar. His smooth-talking Clint Lorimer is out of a job after being duped by his boss — a honest backstabber who's wary that his own employee's skills could tempt away any and all clients. He seeks revenge by going under his now rival firm i.e. thinking outside the box and joining with a nowhere advertising agency — to turn dented bronze into smooth, shiny gold...
|Jeanne Crain watches Dana Andrews talking, and talking|
|Far from that FAIR, Dana Andrews lights Jeanne a smoke|
|Crain & Andrews|
Despite the flaws, he's like a brand new man, back on board with his old, or rather, youthful energy. In the best scene, as he convinces Eleanor Parker to give him a job to make her company better, Andrews does what he used to do best: Working hard without seeming to work at all while making the other people around him shine, in some cases, even brighter than himself (Frederic March won the Oscar for BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and Dana wasn't even nominated... And March's best scenes are with Andrews, and often driven by him). That might not be a smart move for anyone wanting to be a superstar, but it is the epitome of the thing called acting and one of many reasons he's our all-time favorite.
|Terrific antique artwork for DUEL IN THE JUNGLE Year: 1954|
Part of what makes the cinema of Dana Andrews interesting is how he took chances with different types of roles, always trying to stretch beyond the limited leading man persona even when he played the leading man. But the part of an American insurance investigator in England, about to catch a plane stateside but being called back at the last minute, fits him like brand new gloves on a workingman's hands. His voice sounds a tad higher-pitched as if sped-up a few notches while delivering witty one-liners — really seeming more like a Brit than a Yank, or else a proper, sophisticated statesman: imagine if his LAURA co-star Clifton Webb was his dialect coach.
|Dana Andrews, Jeanne Crain, and a Rainbow Waterfall|
|Dana plays a smooth and fast talker this time|
The middle of the Jungle-traipsing Third Act, introducing the villain who will obviously lead to that title-bearing DUEL with Andrews... and deleting all that'd been built-up previously... feels like the introduction of another movie altogether, in which, not even a roaring lion, or the antagonist finally turning lethal, can save. But, flaws aside, for a time-filling programmer, it's time fairly well spent.
|Dana & Jeanne weather HOT RODS TO HELL|
|Some STATE FAIR Bliss|
|HOT Insert Poster|
|DVD Menu Screen Artwork sans the interactive buttons|
|A rolling Mimsy Farmer|
|The first of what HELL was the end of|
Their budding relationship actually evokes suspense on whether the perfect couple will connect: After all, like already mentioned at the beginning of this epic writeup, it's very similar to Dana and the other young "sweet, nice family girl" Teresa Wright in the post-war classic, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES: Sure, the couples adorn the poster art so it's a predictable turnout, and yet, you'll still hope it happens.
And on the other side of the tracks, MADISON AVENUE used their mature, adult, semi-sophisticated chemistry — despite the fact both were fifteen-years older than their day at the FAIR — in a far more unpredictable fashion which, at the end of their collaborative road, both wind up happily married: only with HELL as a brand new starting point, which can be ignited by clicking this link for the first Andrews/Crain writeup nicely titled HOT RODS IN STATE FAIR HELL.