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1957: Brando’s no ‘Comanchero’

From The Army Archerd Archive

September 26, 1957

GOOD MORNING: Marlon Brando’s unable to use “The Comanchero” title for his first indie — George Stevens owns it, won’t give it up… Brando bounced over to the Paramount lot yesterday to help with the script of his now-untitled pic–he also helps out at 20th-Fox on the “Young Lions” wordage!… Dennis Hopper had a verbal battle with Tony Perkins on the eve of Perkins’ departure for N.Y. and “Look Homeward Angel!”… Bob Hope’s now doubtful about filming “Anniversary Walk” but is enthusiastic about his proposed musical, “Say When,” for which he hopes to land pal Jackie Gleason. The two comics tear up Lakeside today in a battle for the $1,000 Hope won on the title fight. “Gleason,” says Hope, “is the only guy I know who travels around the course in a Greyhound golf cart!”… (2007 Update: “Brando,” TCM’s excellent two-part docu, screens Saturday in Cannes’ Classics division. It airs again in the U.S. May 29 and Warner Home Video will release “Brando” on DVD in fall. George Englund , who was Brando’s friend for 48 years, and directed and produced “The Ugly American” in 1973, last saw Brando the day before he died, July 1, 2004. Englund admits, “At first I wasn’t going to do it (the TCM docu, “Brando”) but it was the best one ever done on him.” Looking back over the years of working together, Englund laughed, “Marlon had a great knack for killing his own projects. He was such a manipulator — he’d forget who he manipulated.”

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