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EARLY PETER O'TOOLE: THE FIRST THREE FILMS BEFORE 'ARABIA'

THE SAVAGE INNOCENTS Score: *1/2
While KIDNAPPED was the first theatrical movie where audiences saw Peter O'Toole, the first vehicle (of three, all released in 1960) he participated in the filming-of is THE SAVAGE INNOCENTS, directed by veteran auteur Nicholas Ray, who would, a decade later, dry up his Hollywood resources and, for a little while, live in the home of his former REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE actor Dennis Hopper after the success of EASY RIDER...

...Bank of England
So perhaps it's not altogether shocking the man who once contributed to classic cinema was no longer relevant — this motion picture, centering on an Eskimo played by Anthony Quinn, is one of the worst piles of husky dung ever created: seeming as if Jack London wrote a novel on soiled toilet paper, we suffer through an hour of Quinn's lone nomad (in the snow he's a snowmad) hunting cute seals and, after so-much brooding, landing a wife...

Though mostly shot in an igloo (a cheap set made up to look like the white-block interior), there's one sequence where Quinn gets drunk at a bar and dances to that era's boogie-woogie. And we've buried the lead because the third act could have been something special since, once our man is falsely accused of cold-blooded murder, two (eventually one) guards take him across the icy landscape to turn him over to the authorities, and it's Peter O'Toole that survives. Scenes where both near-future LAWRENCE OF ARABIA stars (who'd become living legends three-years later) debate race and ethics has real potential — only thing is, O'Toole's voice is dubbed by an American actor who sounds like an easy listening disc jockey. So be incredibly warned — this is not a Peter O'Toole feature for fans for the same reason he insisted his name not appear on the opening credits: despite ultimately providing the secondary leading role. Shame!

Peter O'Toole in KIDNAPPED Score: ****
KIDNAPPED is much, much better. In fact it's pretty damn good. A Disney adventure directed by their stock filmmaker Robert Stevenson who gets full credit somehow for adapting the famous Robert Louis Stevenson (no relation) classic about a naive English farm boy who, like CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS, sets out for the good life but gets taken by roughneck sea dogs after betrayal by his cunning, crazy uncle, and the hook's in this story's very own Long John Silver... Peter Finch as a daring-do rebel has terrific chemistry with James MacArthur a decade before HAWAII FIVE-O and "Book 'Em Danno!"

Taking place in the swashbuckling 1700's, there's a neat, swift pace and always an obstacle for the rebel and his "student" to champion through onto the next near-miss catastrophe albeit with a feeling that everything will pan out nicely, which deletes some of the suspense and makes KIDNAPPED rather laidback despite the practically non-stop, heated pace. And this time around, during one seven-minute sequence, Peter O'Toole has his own voice yet we mostly hear his bagpipes (having been hired for that particular skill) during a sound-off dual with Finch, and wins, keeping a prideful expression that embodies a unique aura of self confidence that he'd bring into bigger projects after garnering a career and a name — which was right around the corner... But first....

The Day They Robbed... Score: ****
The potential of Peter O'Toole as a heroic leading man would have to wait a year...

Although in THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND he's technically the good guy — all alone since Aldo Ray is an American hooked up with bookworm Irish Revolutionaries to knock off the titular location, and the best moments are in the planning stages as Ray learns about the innards of the giant bank from a personal tour by O'Toole as an extremely nice lieutenant of the bank's troop of marching nightwatchman...

Unlike the rather stonefaced Ray, Peter's character has a genuine arc and, unlike the other two pictures, he wields two dimensions: his super-friendly persona, giving away any and all secrets to an all-ears thief feigning style and class, sharpens when he begins to catch on during the second act, intensifying into a more familiarly intense character for O'Toole to embrace. Meanwhile, the pace slows during sporadic scenes involving a filler romance, and the most time's spent during the usual digging of the tunnel — the kind you mostly see in prison flicks breaking out as this one they're attempting to get in. The cast also includes Kieron Moore (opposite Dana Andrews in CRACK IN THE WORLD) as the mouthiest and youngest Irishman, a sort of thankless role that takes up more sweat than anyone Making for a neat little B&W heist directed by John Guillerman that laid the groundwork for Peter's career. All David Lean had to see was one scene and he knew he had his LAWRENCE OF ARABIA despite the dark features and a straight, hawkish nose that would soon be altered.
Peter O'Toole admiring Aldo Ray's fishing skills and then...
Before they set out across the Arabian desert, O'Toole & Quinn plunged into Canadian snowlands
Aldo Ray Peter O'Toole Aldo Ray The Day They Robbed The Bank of England Peter O'Toole Aldo Ray
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