Really enjoyed seeing and hearing Robert Wagner at Vroman's last night. He truly might be the last link to the old Hollywood....and that's why he wrote his new book You MUST REMEMBER THIS...to reminisce about the "good old" days and to talk about places and people who aren't around anymore. Kind of a bitter sweet journey for him. He looked great.
He talked a bit about the book but mostly fielded questions from the
audience. One surprise member of the audience was actor Bill Wellman
(William Wellman Jr, Director "Wild" Bill Wellman's son) Bill Sr
directed some of Hollywood's greatest movies....PUBLIC ENEMY, THE OX-BOW
INCIDENT, YELLOW SKY, BATTLEGROUND, THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY, and TRACK
OF THE CAT to name just a few.
I asked RJ why he never made any
westerns after 1957's THE TRUE STORY OF JESSE JAMES (his 4th) and he
said he never stopped making them....they stopped coming to him. I told
him about how I was amazed at how he was able to jump onto a bareback
horse with one hand while holding a rifle in the other (something I've
seen no other person do). He said the trick was taught to him by a
stuntman. Speaking of stuntmen... Jack Young! I told him that Black
Jack Young said to say hello and he said..."Be sure to say hello to him
He was asked if there were any roles that he regretted
turning down and he said none that he could think of.....and that the
only movie he would have liked to have been a part of and didn't make it
was BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.