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re: Robert Morse at last night's screening of HOW TO SUCCEED in L.A.
Posted by: JereNYC (JereNYC@aol.com) 03:47 pm EDT 08/15/19
In reply to: Robert Morse at last night's screening of HOW TO SUCCEED in L.A. - bicoastal 03:21 pm EDT 08/15/19

Did Morse elaborate on why he wished Reilly had done the film? Did he not like Anthony "Scooter" Teague or did he think Reilly's take on the role was definitive? Reilly didn't get to recreate ANY of his Broadway roles on film and I wonder if his performances were considered too big or too much or, dare I say it, too gay for film. I thought it was interesting that, for the HELLO, DOLLY! film, producers decided to cast another goofy character man in Reilly's role (after, apparently, going in more a traditional leading man direction for Reilly's stage replacements), but not Reilly himself.

Incidentally, I've just remembered that when I played Bud Frump years ago, I was told later that I'd first caught the eye of the director because I (vaguely?) resembled Teague. I never did see the similarity myself.

I've always like this film, but just consider it a missed opportunity because so much of the score is cut.
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