Mark Maynard’s first annual Sterling Hayden film festival

I’m not feeling up to working right now, so I’m making some snacks and cueing everything up for a Sterling Hayden double feature. If you’d like to join me, I’ll be starting with John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle (1950), and then moving imediately onto Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing (1956). Then, if I’m still awake, I’ll be watching Dr. Strangelove (1964). [There’s nothing like hearing Sterling Hayden, as General Jack Ripper, talking about “precious bodily fluids.”]

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7 Comments

  1. K2
    Posted June 4, 2019 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Hayden didn’t seek out Hollywood. He was photographed working on a boat, someone in Hollywood saw the photograph, and brought him west for a screen test.

  2. stupid hick
    Posted June 4, 2019 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    “I’m making some snacks”

    I picture you microwaving chicken nuggets, amirite?

  3. Dogmatic Dolt
    Posted June 4, 2019 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Aloha MM, Love Dr. Strangelove. Jack Ripper is one of the best conceived characters in all movies. The character of President Merkin Muffle, (an obvious Adli Stevenson character) helped to solidify in peoples minds that Democrats are soft on foreign policy. The Democrats have (with the exception of Clean Gean and George McGovern) all been “tough” guys willing to duke it out with the commie bastards. I don’t doubt that LBJ saw this movie and swore he would not be the Muffle character. To me it seems like most everyone on the web site has reincarnated Jack. The Democrats establishment has no program other than, Russkies are all evil shits and we must oppose them at every turn.
    Tulsi supporters are doing a March for Peace July 13th, and then there is a march on the Pentagon in Oct.

  4. History Lesson
    Posted June 4, 2019 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I like Hayden too, but he “named names” in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. He later said the decision haunted him and that he regretted it, but he did it.

    https://www.nytimes.com/1986/05/24/obituaries/sterling-hayden-dead-at-70-an-actor-writer-and-sailor.html

  5. Dan R.
    Posted June 4, 2019 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Just showed some tenth graders Paths of
    Glory today. I remember checking out The Killing because you said Timothy Carey was in that one as well. Good, good stuff.

  6. Max
    Posted June 5, 2019 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    His autobiography ‘Wanderer” is worth seeking out.

  7. Posted June 5, 2019 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I was never a huge fan. His delivery, at least in the earlier part of his career, when he was more of a leading man type, was just too stilted for me, or something. I liked him. And I loved the movies. But I didn’t like him as an actor. Over time, though, he’s kind of grown on me. I like odd characters, and, while not as odd as Tim Carrey, maybe, I get the same since of uniqueness from Hayden, which I appreciate. And, yes, I’d known about his “naming names,” and I’d read quotes from his autobiography (“Wanderer”) about it, but I guess I decided to give hm a pass, seeing as how he was pretty open about his regret.

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