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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Chandler (1971)

Star birthday... Warren Oates


Star birthday... Warren Oates

Warren Oates was born on 5 July 1928 in Depoy, Kentucky. He began his career appearing in plays for the University of Louisville Little Theatre Company in the early 1950s before being selected to appear in an episode of TV's 'Studio One' in 1957. After appearing in a number of TV shows, he made the transition to film. He had a prolific film career over 25 years before his death from a heart attack on  2 April 1982.

Recommended viewing

Chandler (1971)

"Chandler, there's a dead body in my room"

Warren Oates and Leslie Caron
'Chandler' is a 1971 spy crime film starring Warren Oates and Leslie Caron, with Mitch Ryan and Gloria Grahame in a small role as Selma.

Hardboiled detective Chandler (played by Oates) is hired to watch and protect a missing government witness, who happens to be beautiful French woman, Katherine Creighton (played by Caron). Chandler becomes a dead man walking as he and Katherine learn no one can be trusted, not even the government.

Closing remarks

Sadly the film is very slow and dull. It pretty much goes nowhere, and the most exciting part of the film is at the 85 minute mark, when it finishes. The film is so bad, the director later apologized for it, and alleged he was denied access to the editing process, where it was recut without his permission, adding in scenes he intended to delete, and removing others. 

The concept of the film was good, and with a better script could have become a popular film franchise. 

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