Fade Out – Fredric March

Episode 35 - Actor Fredric March's THE ICEMAN COMETH w/returning guest Jill Blake.

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5 responses to “Fade Out – Fredric March

  1. I really enjoyed this nice discussion of an actor who should be better known to contemporary audiences. I highly recommend “Man on a Tightrope” (1953) by director Elia Kazan. It tells the story of the escape of the Circus Brumbach from East Germany in 1950. March plays the owner of the struggling circus. He displays more heroism than seen in any MCU movie.

  2. The Best Years of Our Life ves is my 2nd favorite movie of all time. Yet, I have to admit that Fredric March isn’t someone I’m very familiar with. I know he was in Seven Days in May, Bridges of Toko-Ri and Jekyll & Hyde, but I’d struggle to think of what else he’d been in. As you and Jill both stayed, March had the ability to disappear into the role he was playing. You didn’t see Narch on screen, you saw Al Stephenson, or The President. He was an actor, not a “Star” that outshines the role. Of course that’s just my observation. When I think of Best Years of Our Lives, I think of it starring Dana Andrews or even Myrna Loy. In fact when I saw The Iceman Cometh was the subject of Fade Out I assumed you’d be covering Robert Ryan.
    Thanks to you and Jill Blake I will be delving into Fredrick March’s filmography as deep as I can.

  3. Great discussion. Jill is a great guest. I’m not as familar with March as I should be, and I’m definitely interested in checking many of the films you mentioned out. I am a BIG fan of March’s version of Jekyll and Hyde, and it just so happens, with no knowledge of this episode coming, I ordered the Blu-Ray so we can cover it on an upcoming podcast later this year.

  4. If March isn’t as well known as he should be, it’s likely that he was so versatile, an actor’s actor rather than a “movie star” recognizable for his own sake. Even as a matinee idol, that was just a “role” he took because that’s where the work was and happened to be his casting. Once you look at the actual body of work, it speaks for itself, regardless of whether you know he was in those films or not.

  5. Another great episode, Rob. Jill is a great guest and so knowledgeable.

    I am one of the weirdos who actually knows who Frederic March was, but I have to admit to seeing very few of his films. This episode has inspire to rectify that once I am done with my school year and embarking on my summer vacation.

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