23 November 2020 | atkinsnedryart
Starring George Peppard!
George Peppard was an MGM Star and in those days that meant being with the best and biggest studio of them all. Peppard joined MGM in 1959 and was given a leafing role in The Subterreans with Leslie Caron and another MGM star on the rise Jim Hutton. MGM had a powerful PR department and was represented to the Hollywood gossip columnists as the new Spencer Tracy! MGM even gave Peppard Tracy's bungalow on the then fabled lot. (Other stars groomed by Metro: Paula Prentiss as he new Jean Arthur!, Jim Hutton as a combination of Jack Lemmon and James Stewart and Yvette Mimieux as a Audrey Hepburn type. The biggest draw at the time was Richard Chamberlain who got 15,000 fan letters a week. MGM capitalized on Chamberlain's fame with a series of movies: Thunder of Drums with George Hamilton, Joy In The Morning with Ms. Mimieux.
I apologize for the long intro but Peppa the all starred had risen thru the ranks of Hollywood stars with big hits on loan out to Paramount for Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Carpetbaggers on loan out to Columbia for all star The Victors
Peppard had several hits at his home studio Vincente Minnelli's great Home From The Hill, the all star John Ford-Henry Hathaway-George Marshall Cinerama all star --Greg Peck, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart, John Wayne-blockbuster HowThe West Was Won. MGM insisted on a Peppard film before his contract expired and Geoge Peppatd starred in the great all star Operation Crossbow with Sophia Loren, and Richrd Johnso who was married to Kim Novak at the time.n
George Peppard being an MGM contract star was promoted as the new Tracyand going thru a divorce from his wife Helen Davies ( the Mother of his 2 small children) took the first job that came along that paid him a superstar salary and that movie was The Third Day. Peppard gets absolute first billing and as his co star the exciting Elizabeth Ashley- his co star in The Carpetbaggers- who was at
this time his wife.
Excellent Warner Bros,. production values but the film got only a fair distribution and as I recall Peppard's first and last film at WB.