Kirk Douglas passed away on February 5, 2020, and at first, this didn’t seem like a frock flicks loss. Sure, he was an iconic Hollywood star, nominated for three Oscars, and known for standing up against Senator McCarthy’s blacklisting in the 1950s. But looking over his work, I realized that, not only was his 1960 epic Spartacus a historical drama, he was featured in many more throughout his long career. So let’s give him a proper frock flicks sendoff…
Peter Niles in Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)
I forgot he was in this Civil War period piece with Rosalind Russell — someday I’ll give it a full review because I did enjoy this adaption of the (admittedly dark) Eugene O’Neill play.
Tucker Wedge in The Walls of Jericho (1948)
With Linda Darnell. And I have to say that ‘Tucker Wedge’ sounds like a drag queen name.
Marshal Len Merrick in Along the Great Divide (1950)
Douglas made A LOT of westerns.
Jim Fallon in The Big Trees (1952)
Per IMDB: “A Quaker colony tries to save the giant sequoias from a timber baron.” HMMM…
Jim Deakins in The Big Sky (1952)
Unrelated to the above, but still big.
Ulysses in Ulysses (1954)
A movie adaptation of Homer’s epic.
Dempsey Rae in Man Without a Star (1955)
Another western, now with banjo!
Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956)
Kirk Douglas was nominated for a Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar, & when filming in Arles, France, locals thought he looked uncannily like the artist.
Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the film is beautiful with rich colors like Van Gogh’s paintings come to life. This is one of those ‘sit back and let the art wash over you’ films.
Doc Holliday in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
One of the all-time classic westerns.
Col. Dax in Paths of Glory (1957)
An early Stanley Kubrick film showing the futility and irony of WWI.