1957: Hopper sets sights on Broadway

May 22, 1957

Dennis Hopper is gonna ask for his Warner release to go to B’way and “Counsel for the Defense,” which Frank Corsaro puts into rehearsal Aug. 1. Hopper wanted to inherit what was to have been Tab Hunter’s role in “Darby’s Rangers” but WB assigned it to Ed Byrnes. … Bob Stack yearns for that part in 20th’s “The Bravados.” The studio’s angling for Clark Gable … Meanwhile, Stack is Reno-bound with his bride to compete in a skeet shoot … Hurd Hatfield, Jimmy Best and a group of N.Y. TV actors join Paul Newman for the Billy the Kid pic, “Left-Handed Gun.” Newman’s in Tucson soaking up atmosphere. Warners gave him a script of “Marjorie Morningstar” — mebbe he could squeeze it in between “Gun” and his UI loanout, “Time to Love, Time to Die.” … Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller are planning to buy a house in Easthampton, give up the N.Y. apartment … (2007 update: Today, Hopper starts “Hell Ride” filming on a motorcycle again, this time in Lancaster and Palmdale. It has been 39 years since Hopper directed “Easy Rider” starring Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson — and himself. He is a member of the Guggenheim Motorcycle Club and says they’ve ridden from Munich to Lake Como, from St. Petersburg on to the continent as well as from Ventura to Death Valley. Hopper just completed filming “Ferris Wheel” and “The Dying Animal” in which, he laughed, “I have a wonderful death scene.” When I read him the item from my column of 1957, he laughed, “I was only 18 at the time.”)

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