A Glorious Bastard: An Aldo Ray Double Feature

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I consider myself a fan of classic Hollywood cinema, yet prior to press for Inglourious Basterds, I had never heard the name Aldo Ray.  Certainly I’m not the only one, yet some poking around has told me he was hardly a nobody, he received above the title billing alongside Jane Wyman, Humphrey Bogart, Ray Milland, Robert Ryan and several others.  He acted in films by George Cukor, Anthony Mann, Raoul Walsh and Michael Curtiz.  Granted he only seemed to have that kind of clout for a period of about 5 years in the mid-50’s and very few of the films he starred in are remembered as classics.  His star declined in the 60’s and by the 70’s he had resorted taking roles in exploitation films, which led to his acting in even lesser pictures throughout the 80’s (apparently trying to cover medical costs accumulated while fighting throat cancer).  However, viewing…

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