19 years ago
That's true, but he was not the author's choice.
The studio heard her choice and vetoed it in about ten seconds.
You got it!
Give that man a cigar...complete with black frame glasses and a mustache.
That's pretty much what the studio thought.
Margaret Michel was a big fan of Groucho's. She wanted him to break out of comedy and try drama.
Can you imagine, in your best Groucho Marx impersenation, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!" Leering the line from the side of his mouth while flicking the ash from the end of his cigar.
So, tell us, did you know already or was it the clues?
Believe it or not, that was the WAG* of the Century on my part! The only other actor of that era that I could think of who regularly smoked cigars in his movies was Edward G. ("Where's your Messiah *NOW?!!!*) Robinson -- an even *MORE* mind-boggling choice...*Wild-Ass Guess
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