After watching this old favorite of mine--funny how you can forget so many people and scenes--I am sold on AM's acting ability. Sure, he couldn't handle Shakespeare, but many Hollywood proven stars couldn't either.
Can you imagine ol' character actor, Walter Brennen--probably the best of all-time character actors--doing Shakespeare?
Anyway, this death scene with James Stewart--what a great guy, huh--in Dark Passage, 1957,
was very, very convincing. I thought Audie's role, up until that time in this great entertaining movie, was too passive. But, watching him fatally shot, and uttering those last dying words in Stewart's arms, brought tears to my eyes. Simple a great, memorable moment in Audie's movie career. What actor, playing this role, could have played this scene better? Very few, if any, in my opinion?
The man was so unique, you wonder what couldn't he have done?
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