Monday, December 26, 2011

Cecil B. DeMlle's LORD OF THE RINGS

The Greatest Cast Never Assembled!!!!

For those of you who may know the names and faces of some of these actors and actresses from the 1930s and 1940s. What if Lord of the Rings had been published sometime in the early 1930s or so, and Paramount Pictures gave the project to Cecil B. DeMille to direct? Well, here's my dream cast . . .

Starring ---

Henry Wilcoxin as Aragorn
C. Aubrey Smith as Gandalf
Peter Lorre as Gollum/Smeagol
Charles Laughton as Bilbo
Robert Preston as Frodo
Claudette Colbert as Arwen
Loretta Young as Galadriel
Alan Hale, Sr as Gimli
Errol Flynn as Legolas
Thomas Mitchell as Sam Gamgee
Mischa Auer as Pippin
Leo Carillo as Merry
Ian Hunter as Elrond
H.B. Warner as Denethor

. . . co-starring ---

Anthony Quinn as Boromir
Caeser Romero as Faramir
Basil Rathbone as Saruman
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr as Eomer
Elissa Landi as Eowyn
Joseph Schildkraut as Grima Wormtongue
Victor Mature as Celeborn
Victor McLaglen as Gamli
John Carradine as King Theoden

 . . . with --

Ernest Thesiger as Treebeard
Dwight Frye as Chief Orc of the White Hand
Rondo Hatton as The Cave Troll
J. Carroll Nash as Chief of the Mordor Orcs

. . . with special guest appearances by
Boris Karloff as the Lord of the Nazgul
Lon Chaney, Jr as the King of the Dead
and
Bela Lugosi as the Mouth of Sauron

Screenplay by Harold Lamb.

To paraphrase the wonderful Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein:

"It. Could. Have. Worked!!!!!"