Be sure to check out the two below links for more rare Stephen Boyd clips and snippets, including a fantastic interview of Stephen at the Paramount Movie Studios set talking about The Oscar and his sexy co-star Elke Sommer! Below are some of the highlights.
*A video of Stephen Boyd and Hope Lange attending “The King and I” charity/benefit premiere at Graumans Chinese Theater in May of 1961. (event presented by Eight Ball foundation of L.A. Press Club – Grandeaur 70 premiere)
*Stephen Boyd receiving his “Golden Globe” award in 1960. Ceremonies took place at Cocoanut Grove Nightclub inside the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, Stephen won for Best Supporting Actor for his work in “Ben-Hur”! I love the satisfied , dimpled grin he can’t hide. Bravo Stephen!
*Getty Images videos showing Stephen arriving and enjoying the party for Tony Bennett in Las Vegas, Nevada, specifically for “The Oscar”, 1966
*Stephen attending the “Fantastic Voyage” premiere in Hollywood, and signing lots of autographs ala Frankie Fane! Boyd ON TOP OF THE WORLD here!
*Stephen Boyd on the Paramount Movie Set talking about co-star Elke Sommer (he REALLY likes Elke!) and his role in “The Oscar”. I had never seen this interview before – it’s amazing!
Finding a positive review of “The Oscar” is a bit of a challenge, but I really like this particular review!
March 5, 1966, Daily News, New York
There have been many “inside” film stories about Hollywood producers and stars, including the current attraction at the Music Hall, “Inside Daisy Clover.” But there has never been as bitter a pill for Hollywood to swallow as “The Oscar” which had a gala premiere Thursday night at Loew’s State with a number of the film’s stars in attendance. It opened to the public yesterday at both the State and Festival Theatres.
The Embassy Pathe Color production is being released in the nick of time as the balloting on the 1965 awards is going on right now in Hollywood. The results will be announced by the Academy April 18. As unseemly as the fight for the coveted award is shown to be, and in spite of the shockingly violent stripping of a star’s glamor during the course of the film, “The Oscar” is bound to attract attention from other than inveterate movie-goers. For anyone with a modicum of interest in the behind-the-scenes of a movie studio, “The Oscar is a must-see film.
The the first place, it gives Stephen Boyd a chance to prove that he is a fine actor, as well as a handsome profile in a wide screen colorful epic, is role, penned with acid by Harlan Ellison, Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene from Richard Sale’s novelistic expose, is a fascinating portrayal of a heel.
The sorry tale is about Frankie Fane’s rise from manager of a stripper for stag parties to a top Hollywood star to his slipping career, suddenly stopped on the slide downhill by is nomination for the Academy Award. Fane’s ruthless, despicable maneuvers to cop the Oscar and revitalize his screen career are shown in all their naked baseness on the screen. Frankie is exposed as a man without feeling and, as on of his erstwhile friends says of him, carrying the seed of rot inside himself.
The role of the Hollywood heel is played with remarkable verisimilitude by Boyd. He is surrounded bu a bevy of beauties, each one adding to the success of the production. Elke Sommer represents the beautiful and talented clothes designer who becomes the star’s wife. Eleanor Parker is the woman who gives him his first big boost towards success. Jill St. John plays the gorgeous stripper in the early part of the film and Edie Adams helps him with a battle with a blackmailer.
The surprise of the film is the excellent performance that Tony Bennett contributes in his first screen role and Milton Berle’s fine portrayal in the straight dramatic role as Fane’s agent. Joseph Cotton, Ernest Borgnine, Peter Lawford, Ed Begley, Broderick Crawford and a feminine quartet of famous people add spice to the production. The four woman are the late Hedda Hopper, Merle Oberon, Nancy Sinatra and dress-designer Edith Head. Rouse directed the film in a realistic manner.
Seeing the film on the screen is better than a conducted tour of the exterior Hollywood and its studios, as “The Oscar” gives one a real inside look at the cinema capital and its people. However, I hope that this picture of what happens to an Oscar nominee is presented more in fancy than in fact.
I was so happy to find a fan mailing address for actress Jean Hale in California recently. Jean has a very memorable role as ‘Cheryl Barker’, an actress fighting for her preeminence in Hollywood in one of my favorite Stephen Boyd movies, The Oscar (1966). If you’ve seen The Oscar, you can’t forget Jean Hale. She’s Frankie Fane’s first arranged ‘date’ on the Hollywood scene, and it seems Fane learns whatever conniving tricks he can from her character in order to break it big in Hollywood! As his star rises, hers begins to fall. Fane turns the table on Barker quite nastily in one of The Oscar’s most famous moments: The ‘Green Goddess Salad’ dump.
So I sent Jean some questions, and she was so very kind to answer me along with a lovely autograph. Below are her responses and some great pictures of Jean Hale from The Oscar!
Well, I must add, The Oscar fans enjoy every minute of you on screen as well, Jean! A huge heartfelt THANK YOU to Jean for her time! All the best to you Jean! You are a lovely actress!
A little more about Jean Hale for Wikipedia!
Jean Hale in trailer for The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967)
|Born||December 27, 1938
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Dabney Coleman (m. 1961; div. 1984)|
|Children||4, including Quincy Coleman|
Jean Hale (born December 27, 1938) is an American actress.
In films, Hale played Miriam Stark in Taggart (1964), Cheryl Barker in The Oscar (1966), Myrtle in The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) and Lisa in In Like Flint(1967). She also appeared in several television shows in the 1960s. She made two 1965 appearances on Perry Mason; in both roles she played Perry’s client: Reggie Lansfield in “The Case of the Murderous Mermaid,” (Season 8, Episode 23) and Carla Chaney in “The Case of the Laughing Lady.” Other television appearances include: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Batman, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, Bonanza, The Fugitive, Hawaii Five-O, McHale’s Navy, My Favorite Martian(“The Atom Misers”, air date 12/15/63), The Virginian, Hogan’s Heroes, and The Wild Wild West.
Not those Oscars–THIS OSCAR, from 1966! Yes, it’s time to lie, cheat, bully, double-cross, fight and claw your way to the very top in order to get this little prize, only to watch it slip through your fingers at the very last second. Good luck out there, Oscar Nominees. Frankie Fane knows your pain.
Not sure where this quote came from, but I would love to find the source!
Stephen Boyd lamented: Beats me why Eleanor Parker was through by the time she was forty. She had everything – looks, talent, character. Oscar nominations. It’s one of those situations where the only logical answer to the question: Why didn’t she become a bigger star? Must be that she refused to sleep with some mogul or top producer. Nothing else would make sense.
Photos from my favorite scene in “The Oscar” – the fight on the yacht between Frankie and Kay.