Meanwhile, Douglas, the son of hugely successful movie actor and producer Kirk Douglas, was continuing with his own career. He had worked as a second assistant director on his dad's 1965 film The Heroes of Telemark, appeared as a Jeep driver in his dad's film Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) and landed a starring role in the 1969 anti-war movie Hail, Hero! The latter film put him in the company of such skilled acting veterans as Arthur Kennedy and Teresa Wright, as his parents.
Warden arrives at Vaccaro's apartment, having been startled to find him not living in his old dorm, and hands him his enlistment notice. The three of them have an awkward conversation fraught with attempts at politeness mixed with concern and frustration.
Despite this being a story about Douglas' character and his having top-billing, the movie really winds up being quite a showcase for the talent and appeal of Vaccaro. Fans of hers simply must not miss it. She adds all sorts of dimension and texture to what could have been a very run of the mill girlfriend role.
To be consistent, I must mention that she had been nominated for an Oscar for I Remember Mama, with Claire Trevor winning for Key Largo, and was bested for additional Emmys by Barbara Babcock of Hill St. Blues and Mariette Hartley in The Incredible Hulk (which was actually just a guest appearance.) Twice, she lost Golden Globes to actresses in miniseries (Natalie Wood in From Here to Eternity and Yoko Shimada in Shogun) because they had yet to have their own category! Already a breast cancer survivor, lung cancer claimed her in 2005 at age eighty-two.
Young Callaway, who was remarkably effective in the movie, though not without some indications that he was “acting,” was never again seen in a movie or TV show!
here and finally solved here!), I do see her time and again when I'm watching old movies and TV programs and it's a treat to see her there.