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by J.R. Jones
July 12th, 2015, 1:14 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
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You're welcome, and thanks to all who participated for their kind words and informed questions.
by J.R. Jones
July 12th, 2015, 7:28 am
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
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He also did great work for Fritz Lang (CLASH BY NIGHT) and Max Ophuls (CAUGHT), though I don't know what he thought of them. I should corrrect this statement. Ryan did talk about Lang and Ophuls in an interview for the French publication Cinema 70 (please note that his comments are translated from ...
by J.R. Jones
July 12th, 2015, 7:09 am
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
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Did he enjoy working with Ida Lupino? Did he enjoy working with Barbara Stanwyck in CLASH BY NIGHT? What did he think of Marilyn Monroe? Ryan enjoyed working with Lupino and Stanwyck. He thought Monroe was an innocent and a lost soul, though he was working with her near the beginning of her career....
by J.R. Jones
July 11th, 2015, 5:46 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
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Also, Robert Ryan's own values politically appear to have grown over time without becoming doctrinaire or rigid. How deeply influenced was R.R.'s political evolution by the Quakerism of his wife, writer-actress Jessica Cadwalader? Very much so, especially given that she and their children often did...
by J.R. Jones
July 11th, 2015, 3:07 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
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I realize that Ryan did not have control over who his directors were throughout his career, but could you please offer your assessment of Ryan's best directors? Which ones did he respect and like---and which ones brought out the best in him? The two directors Ryan revered most were Max Reinhardt, w...
by J.R. Jones
July 11th, 2015, 1:15 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
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I enjoyed your comments about Ryan and war pictures, but there's another war picture that must be mentioned, Anthony Mann's Men In War. You devote several pages to this film in your book but if there is anything you could add about Ryan and his feelings about this particular depiction of war, and h...
by J.R. Jones
July 11th, 2015, 12:54 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
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One interesting nuance that you brought out in your book was Ryan's ability to maintain working and personal ties with people in Hollywood, despite the sometimes cutthroat nature of the social atmosphere there and particularly the ideological differences among people during the McCarthy and Cold Wa...
by J.R. Jones
July 11th, 2015, 12:19 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
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As a musical theater fan, it's great to know that Ryan also loved musical theater and if only Mr. President had been a success! I read a quote from his co-star Nanette Fabray that said Ryan was wonderful in all the dramatic parts of the show but he had trouble with comedy. Looking through his filmo...
by J.R. Jones
July 11th, 2015, 7:41 am
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
Replies: 40
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Where will you be doing some additional appearances to promote your book? Will you be attending some of the other film noir festivals? I thought you'd never ask! I do have two more things scheduled: In late August, I'll be joining Alan Rode at the Noir City: Chicago festival, at the Music Box Theat...
by J.R. Jones
July 10th, 2015, 8:05 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
Replies: 40
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How Robert Ryan feels about his role in these following movies below: Battle of the Bulge as General Gray The Longest Day as Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin King of Kings as John the Baptist Flying Leathernecks as Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin Ryan never made it above PFC in the Marines, and he came out of ...
by J.R. Jones
July 10th, 2015, 7:45 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
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If you were to name the five (or so) movies best to introduce someone to Robert Ryan as an actor, what would they be? I would say, in chronological order: 1. CROSSFIRE (1947) 2. THE SET-UP (1949) 3. ON DANGEROUS GROUND (1952) 4. GOD'S LITTLE ACRE (1958) 5. BILLY BUDD (1962) and 6. THE ICEMAN COMETH...
by J.R. Jones
July 10th, 2015, 7:13 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
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What did Ryan think about ON DANGEROUS GROUND? Was this one of his personal favorites? Oddly I could never find a single quote from Ryan revealing his opinion of ON DANGEROUS GROUND, and his children don't remember him talking about it at all. I say "oddly" because he gives a mesmerizing ...
by J.R. Jones
July 10th, 2015, 6:15 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
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My personal favorite is Miss Lonelyhearts (1959). His disillusioned William Shrike was riveting to watch on screen. He was amazingly perverse in his ability to needle the other characters. Did he ever offer a back story about what it was like to work on this project? I'm not a huge fan of LONELYHEA...
by J.R. Jones
July 10th, 2015, 5:53 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
Replies: 40
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You've already mentioned Ryan's troubles at RKO. Troubles with Howard Hughes? Who'd have thunk it? How do you think Ryan's career would have been different at another studio? He doesn't seem to fit the MGM mold, for instance. What a great question! I think he would have done pretty well at Warners,...
by J.R. Jones
July 10th, 2015, 5:00 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Q & A with J.R. Jones about THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN
Replies: 40
Views: 35243

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Holy mackerel! I'm going to have to take these one at a time. Love Robert Ryan's films. I was always surprised that Robert had appeared in a musical on Broadway, MR PRESIDENT. Was that a good experience for him and how was his singing voice? Thank you. By all accounts, MR. PRESIDENT was a terrible e...

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