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Comment by Neal Tyler on October 25, 2014 at 10:13am

boy, I agree with you about underrated!  I have made a few previous comments here, so you'll know that I'm with you on how much I admire DA.  I saw the North Star and knew he was a singer as well.  DA is one of the few celebrities I have actually seen in person--he was the grand marshal of a Thanksgiving Day parade in Houston Texas in 1969 and it was a big deal to me to even get his picture.  I was a teenager but had gotten interested in older movies very early in life.  Thanks for the youtube link to The North Star!

Comment by Al Pearce on October 24, 2014 at 11:42am

Dana Andrews was one of the most underrated actors in film history, and as much a Southern gentleman as Randolph Scott. But curiously Andrews didn't have much of a Southern accent in his films or real life despite having been born in Mississippi and raised in Texas, sounding more like an urban Yankee. However, in some films like THE LOVE BUG (which I watched only half of because of it's subject matter), in which he makes a cameo, he does speak with a conspicuous drawl that makes him sound vaguely like Morgan Freeman, at least to me. Funny, ain't it?

  Something not many folks know is that he had a rather polished baritone singing voice that was never put to good use (I reckon he was a little embarrassed by it). he was trained to sing opera and in the film THE NORTH STAR he does strum a mandolin and sings an Aaron Copland tune along with some children. It's on Youtube:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Z1wpb3LrNTA

 

Comment by Neal Tyler on June 1, 2010 at 11:21pm
well, I disappeared over the past few months. I apologize. LIfe sure is hectic.
By now you may know that A Walk in the Sun is about a squad of soldiers in WW2 who are assigned to take a fortified farm house in prep for oncoming troops invading Italy. Very realistically done for it's time and he's GREAT in it.
Yes, he was an alcoholic and did one of the most effective public service announcements I've ever seen about it. Very courageous. It was done in 1974, on TV. I saw it re-run on a 1970's era "This is Your Life" on DA.

Anyway, I really like both him and his character in Boomerang. The way he acted out the attorneys' "power play" about the gun misfiring was VERY well done!

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Comment by Robert ''Ricky'' Nunez on March 1, 2010 at 12:26am
Boomerang is out on dvd. And FOX films are on sale here in NYC'S J@R where I buy films but people seem to have bought it and most of the noir films, as I could not find a copy. I did view it but it has been years. A Walk In The Sun I have not seen. What is the film about and year? I have about 12 films with him on dvd. The guy was such a great actor and a very good looking guy. Very dashing and a man's man. I collect old Hollywood magazines and in many issues there are picture profiles of him and he was almost always photographed in these shoots with his family. Two things I want to know that I heard-Did he become an alcoholic in the last years of his life or did he having a drinking problem in his peak. Also did he really die of alzheimers? Very sad.
Comment by Neal Tyler on March 1, 2010 at 12:08am
Ricky, I still follow this thing, and it's tough to write much when others don't. I am glad you are in the group. I love movies, and this guy just happens to be one of my favorites. There are so many things to comment on about his performance in BYOL, I wouldn't know where to start. The same goes for alot of his other stuff. Have you seen A Walk in the Sun? How about Boomerang?
Comment by Robert ''Ricky'' Nunez on February 28, 2010 at 10:20pm
Best Years of Our Lives is one of Dana Andrew finest films I liked him in war films like The Purple Heart, Crash Dive, Wing and a Prayer. Other films I like include Daisy Kenyon and Where The Sidewalk Ends.
Comment by M.T. Fisher on January 21, 2010 at 8:18am
I received a handwritten letter from him some years back. In it, he showed his sense of humor. Later on, he sent me a photo, which he'd inchribed front and back. On the back, he'd written, "To Mickey Fisher - The picture is somewhat old and the hair is now all white. - Dana Andrews"
Comment by Neal Tyler on October 10, 2009 at 1:54pm
Millie, my favorite movie overall is Best Years of Our Lives, and that's partly so because he did such an impressive job in it. I do love the movie Laura, however. I remember the first time I saw it as a teenager in the late 60's, when I didn't know she was alive until she goes to her apartment that he's in. That scene startled and thrilled me, just like in Rebecca when the viewer finds out that he hated his wife.

Anyway, I'm in law enforcement, so Laura is a kick from that angle for me too. I like the scene where he tells Bessie..."well if it makes you feel any better, go ahead and spit." His whole part in that show was great.

A Walk in the Sun is on DVD, and I think it's been on TCM, so hopefully you'll get to see it. It's not a "fun" show, but it's fascinating. The violence is 1940's-style sterile, so even though it's about battles, it's not full of gore.
Comment by Michael B. Druxman on October 10, 2009 at 7:46am
Tina,
The title of the film you're talking about is HOT RODS TO HELL.
Comment by Millie on October 9, 2009 at 11:33pm
Neal: I ADORE Dana! He really is great in everything.

I think my favorite is Laura, what's your favorite?

I've never gotten a chance to see AWITS, sadly! But I really want to.
 

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