1967: Rock Hudson preps for ‘Zebra’

Navy refuses to cooperate for Ransohoff film

From the Army Archerd Archive

May 16, 1967

GOOD MORNING: Rock Hudson requested an OK — via Sen. George Murphy’s office — to visit a submarine in preparation for his role in Filmways’ “Ice Station Zebra.” However, Navy channels informed the Dept. of Defense “Zebra” is in the “no-cooperation” category. A new script is being readied for the June 20 launching. Filmways also continues to hope for clearance, this time from the English Church, on “13,” skedded for fall release here (finally) under the “Eye of the Devil” title … (2007 Update: Filmways’ Martin Ransohoff, producer of “Ice Station Zebra,” recalls that cooperation was first denied because of his previous film, “The Americanization of Emily” — Ransohoff’s favorite — starring Julie Andrews, James Garner, Melvyn Douglas and Jim Coburn. “Emily” scripter Paddy Chayefsky’s “deranged” Navy admiral as played by Douglas was responsible for the Navy’s nix of “Ice Station” cooperation, Ransohoff said. However, MGM’s Bob O’Brien came to the rescue and convinced the Navy that “Ice Station” was pro-Navy and thus Hudson was able to go aboard a sub “floating around the Pacific at the time,” says Ransohoff, who is negotiating with Columbia-Screen Gems for a remake of his 1971 chiller “See No Evil,” which starred Mia Farrow as a blind girl. Ransohoff is also talking with Neal Moritz and MGM on a remake of his 1983 pic “Class.”)

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