The Films of Victor Mature


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About the Book

With his rugged features and earthy sex appeal, Victor Mature ushered in a new breed of postwar Hollywood actor, far removed from the debonair matinee idols of the 1930s. Following success as an upbeat leading man in the early 1940s Fox musicals, opposite the likes of Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth, he went on deliver two of his most powerful performances in My Darling Clementine (1946) and Kiss of Death (1947). But it was in the biblical epics such as Samson and Delilah (1949), The Robe (1953) and Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) that his heartfelt acting and statuesque, larger than life screen presence finally secured his place as a Hollywood icon. Beginning with a concise biography, this work covers Mature’s film career in its entirety, featuring synopses, anecdotes from cast and crew, and review commentary.

About the Author(s)

James McKay is a chartered surveyor residing in Northwich, Cheshire, England.

Bibliographic Details

James McKay
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 213
Bibliographic Info: 39 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4970-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9240-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi

Preface  1

Biography  5

The Films  23


Appendix: Select Radio Appearances  179

Notes  182

Bibliography  187

Index  191