ALEXANDER THE GREAT: JOHN CASSAVETES, JOSEPH COTTEN and SIMON OAKLAND. DS: "John Cassavetes", "Simon Oakland" and "Joseph Cotten", 1p, 8½x11. St. George, Utah, 1963 October 27-29.

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ALEXANDER THE GREAT: JOHN CASSAVETES, JOSEPH COTTEN and SIMON OAKLAND. DS: "John Cassavetes", "Simon Oakland" and "Joseph Cotten", 1p, 8½x11. St. George, Utah, 1963 October 27-29. Location Meal Allowance Voucher for Production No. 30943. This version of Alexander the Great, intended as a series pilot, would have starred William Shatner in the title role. Instead, it sat on the shelves for four years before being broadcast (once) in 1968. The cast also included Adam West. St. George, Utah was chosen as a film site suitable for recreating one of Alexander's great victories, the Battle of Issus. Reportedly, an orgy scene designed to attract viewers served instead to scare off sponsors. JOHN CASSAVETES (1929-1989) was an actor and an innovative independent film maker. He was nominated for Oscars in three separate categories: for Best Supporting Actor The Dirty Dozen (1967), Best Original Screenplay Faces (1968) and Best Director A Woman Under the Influence (1974). JOSEPH COTTEN (1905-1994) made his Broadway debut in 1930, and seven years later joined Orson Welles' progressive Mercury Theatre company. He briefly left Welles in 1939 to co-star in Katharine Hepburn's Broadway comeback vehicle, The Philadelphia Story. Cotten rejoined Welles in Hollywood in 1940, making his feature-film debut in Citizen Kane (1941). A firmly established romantic lead by the early 1940s, he occasionally stepped outside his established screen image to play murderers (Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt,1943) and surly drunkards (Under Capricorn, 1949). Cotten won a Venice Film Festival award for his performance in Portrait of Jennie (1948). He later flourished on television as a guest performer on such anthologies as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Fireside Theatre and The Great Adventure, and as host of The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955), The Joseph Cotten Show (1956), On Trial (1959) and Hollywood and the Stars (1963). SIMON OAKLAND (1915-1983) appeared on Broadway from 1948, in films from 1958 and almost exclusively on TV from the 1970s on. He starred in his film debut (I Want to Live, 1958, with Susan Hayward), but played supporting roles in several well known films (Psycho, West Side Story, The Sand Pebbles, Bullitt). His many TV appearances included regular series parts in Kolchak: the Night Stalker (1974-1975), Black Sheep Squardron (1976-1978) and David Cassidy - Man Undercover (1978-1979). Cancellation holes at left, not affecting signature. Staple holes at upper left corner. Slightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.

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