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Sammy … Gunslinger

16 Jan

“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.”
– Sammy Davis Jr.


– I Gotta be Me – Sammy Davis Jr.

I’m sure a few people were surprised to see Sammy Davis Jr. listed as one of the Actors that Sam Peckinpah had considered for the role of Dutch Engstrom in The Wild Bunch, which was eventually played by Ernest Borgnine.
But I’ll tell you something – I bet Sammy would have done a great job.
Firstly Sammy Davis Jr. was one of the greatest Entertainers who ever lived. He could do anything:
Stage and Screen, Stand up, Impressionist, Dance, Sing, Recording Artist, played several musical instruments … ???
Immensely talented – the consummate performer.
Also like many American kids of his era, it appears that Sammy loved Westerns – that probably dreamed of being Cowboy like many of us did.
I have plenty of evidence to support my claim:

Sammy Davis Jr Cowboy

Sammy’s Gunhandling / Twirling talents were legendary in Hollywood and he showcased them often.

Sammy Davis Jr Gunhandling - Twirling

Sammy Davis Jr custom gunbelt and Colt

Sammy Davis Jr. custom gunbelt and Colt

Sammy Davis Jr custom Colt 2

Colt 45 bar

Sammy Davis Jr. and 'The Duke'

Sammy Davis Jr shows his stuff

“Sammy Davis Jr. displays some of his fast gun dexterity to Frank Sinatra and…Is that young Eddie Hodges?” Borrowed from Bob Magers reknowned website Western Clippings http://www.westernclippings.com/treasures/westerntreasures_gallery_10.shtml

Sammy and Clint

Sammy and Clint 2

Colt 45 bar

Ratpack Cowboys / Sargeants 3 (1962)

Sargeants 3 (1962)

Ratpack Cowboys - Sargeants 3 (1962)

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford

Ratpack Cowboys - Sargeants 3 (1962) 2

Lawford, Martin, Sammy, Frank

Colt 45 bar
The Rifleman: Season 4, Episode 21
Two Ounces of Tin (19 Feb. 1962)
Sammy Davis Jr on the Rifleman (1962)

Sammy Davis, Jr., Johnny Crawford and Chuck Connors / The Rifleman (1962)

Sammy Davis Jr on the Rifleman (1962) 2

Sammy and Chuck switch guns

Sammy Davis Jr. as Tip Corey on the Rifleman

Sammy Davis Jr. as Tip Corey on the Rifleman

Colt 45 bar

Sammy Davis Jr on Lawman

Lawman: Peter Brown and Sammy Davis Jr. (1962)

Colt 45 bar

Sammy on the Carol Burnett Show (1975) - Harvey Corman in back

    Sammy on the Carol Burnett Show (1975 )                – Harvey Corman in back

Colt 45 bar

Sammy Davis Jr Adios Amigo

Adios Amigos

Sammy Davis Jr Star

The Wild Bunch cont. ……………… Casting Call Part 2

9 Jan

Sammy

The Wild Bunch - The Walk reversed

A Wilder Bunch??

Casting Call Part 2 / Dutch Engstrom / Ernest Borgnine
The Wild Bunch 1973

Ernest Borgnine

Wikipedia says: “Among those considered to play Dutch Engstrom were Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, Alex Cord, Robert Culp, Sammy Davis, Jr., Richard Jaeckel, Steve McQueen, and George Peppard. Ernest Borgnine was cast based on his performance in The Dirty Dozen (1967).

Who would you have Cast?:

Charles Bronson

Dutch ?

Charles Bronson Western Filmography
1954 Vera Cruz /  1954 Drum Beat
 
1954 Apache /  1954 Riding Shotgun
1956 Jubal /  1957 Run of the Arrow
1957 Showdown at Boot Hill / 1960 The Magnificent Seven
1961 A Thunder of Drums1968 Villa Rides
1968 Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Guns for San Sebastian

Jim Brown

Jim Brown Western Filmography
1964 Rio Conchos
1969 100 Rifles
1970 El Condor
1975 Take a Hard Ride

Alex Cord

Alex Cord Western Filmography
2009 Fire from Below
1977 Grayeagle
1972
Gunsmoke (TV Series)
1966 Stagecoach
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
1995 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV Series)
1965 Branded (TV Series)
1961 Laramie (TV Series) 

Robert Culp

Robert Culp Western Filmography
1963 The Raiders / 1971 Hannie Cauldur

Robert Culp TV Westerns 
 Trackdown (1957–1959)
Tate (1960)Johnny Ringo (1960)
Outlaws (1960) / The Westerner (1960) 
Zane Grey Theater (1957-1960)
Rawhide (1961) / Bonanza (1961)
Rifleman (
1960-1962) / Wagon Train (1962)
The Virginian
 (1964) Gunsmoke (1964)
The Hanged Man 
(1964) Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993)
Lonesome Dove: The Series  
(1994)

Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis, Jr. Western Filmography
Zane Grey Theater
(TV Series) / Lawman (TV Series)

Sergeants 3 (1962) / The Rifleman (TV Series)
The Wild Wild West (TV Series) / The Trackers (1971)
Gone with the West (1975)

Richard Jaeckel

Richard Jaeckel Western Filmography
The Gunfighter
 
(1950)Apache Ambush (1955)
3:10 to Yuma
(1957)Cowboy (1958)
Cimarron City
(TV) (1958)The Texan (TV) 1959
Trackdown (TV) 1959 / Zane Grey Theater (TV) (1960)
Tales of Wells Fargo
(TV) (1960) / The Rebel (TV) (1960)
Flaming Star 
(1960) / The Tall Man (TV) (1961)
Lawman (TV) (1961)Frontier Circus (1961–1962)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) (1962)Wagon Train (TV) (1961–1963)
The Dakotas (TV) (1963) / 4 for Texas (1963)
The Virginian (TV) (1964)Town Tamer (1965)
The Wild Wild West (1966–1967)Bonanza (1964–1967)
Chisum (1970) / Ulzana’s Raid (1972)
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) / Gunsmoke (TV) (1963–1975)
The Last Day (1975) / 
The Oregon Trail (1977)
Kit Carson and the Mountain Men (1977)
Go West, Young Girl (1978) 

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen Western Filmography
Trackdown (TV) 1958 / Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) 1958
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) 1958-1961
Nevada Smith (1966) / Junior Bonner (1972)
Tom Horn (1980)

George Peppard

George Peppard Western Filmography
How the West Was Won 1962 / Rough Night in Jericho 1967
Cannon for Cordoba 1970 / The Bravos 1972

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Another decent group of candidates.
From among this Bunch I think a popular vote would likely see Bronson and McQueen win out.
But I can’t guess who would win between them?
Bronson had appeared in a couple of movies before with Borgnine,
including Vera Cruz (1954) – if that means anything?

Next let’s have a look at Warren Oates’ role of Lyle Gorch …

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