John Lutz, Al Collins, Bob Randisi and I had a lunch discussion last week about (among many other things) how Murphy was a much better actor than he ever got credit for. I probably saw every one of his Universal pictures. That posters brings back a lot of memories. So many of those world war two guys came to sad ends.
I saw most, if not all, of Murphy's westerns and enjoyed them all. Of course I was young at the time and didn't know I wasn't supposed to. Looking back, I think I'd still like them. Murphy was a pretty good actor, for sure. Don Graham's NO NAME ON THE BULLET is a good biography.
And NO NAME ON THE BULLET is a terrific movie.The critical consensus on Murphy was that he was stiff and a rank amateur. Well, pick almost any movie of his and watch the pros chew scenery all around Audie while he blows them quietly away like he did the Germans and Italians he ran into a few years before....
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