Brad Dexter as Harry Luck
The Magnificent Seven
Let's call it Luck ... bad luck, because sadly, strangely, unfairly, movies often all boil down to that intangible element called Charisma.
You either got it ... or you don't.
The proof is in the most famous trivia question of Western Film:
“Who was that Seventh guy anyway?”
Even when people are shown his picture ...
most people STILL don't know his name.
Playing Harry Luck.
Oh, Brad Dexter was cast correctly for his part alight - as the cynical member of the Seven who was ‘just in it for the money’.
But most everyone else in the cast was already an established Star (Brynner, McQueen, Wallach) - or moving swiftly up the ladder toward bright daylight (Bronson, Coburn, Bucholz and Vaughn).
Brad simply fell back - and never made it.
Yet Dexter still had a successful film career that spanned some 50 years and included at least 40 movies.
Luck had nothing to do with it.
Let’s see ...
.... a guy who can play a cynical scoundrel with some charm and a smile ... ?
Possibly unsophisticated ... affable, obvious, open ... ??
Who is natural for such a role ... ???
"I would act whether or not I was paid.
I would be involved in ensemble groups.
I would have the desire to tell stories."
~ Brendan Fraser