The Great Man - 1956


Julie London and José Ferrer

Al Morgan, author of the novel, The Great Man, also wrote the screenplay, with Julie London and Joanne Gilbert on the film set.

Caption: INTERRUPTION - - Between-scenes chatter among Bobby Troup, Julie London and Director - Star José Ferrer is interrupted by a filming question from Camera Operator William Dodds on the set of Universal-International’s “The Great Man,” dramatic film version of Al Morgan’s best-selling novel about a radio star whose death uncovers an unsavory private life, with Ferrer directing and heading a cast which includes Dean Jagger, Miss London, Keenan Wynn, Ed Wynn, Joanne Gilbert, and Jim Backus. Aaron Rosenberg produced.

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What a classic Julie pose.

Caption: Julie London and Bobby Troup share a few gay moments between scenes of her current film, “The Great Man.” Expected to wed soon, the petite singer-actress and her composer-entertainer beau have been constant companions for many months.

Photo by Nat Dallinger April 13, 1956

Caption: Relaxing on the set of her current motion picture, “The Great Man,” Julie London is shown with Bobby Troup, well-known composer-entertainer who is expecting to wed the actress in the very near future. Now among the leading juke-box vocal stars, Julie has resumed her professional career since divorcing Jack Webb, her former husband and father of her two children. A petite, reddish-blonde, Julie is of French-Irish descent.

Photo by Nat Dallinger May 11,1956

Caption: Singer-actress Julie London, above, handles a straight dramatic role in Universal-International’s forthcoming “The Great Man” in which she is starred with Jose Ferrer, Dean Jagger, Keenan and Ed Wynn. “The Great Man,” also directed by Jose Ferrer, was adapted for the screen from his own best-selling novel by Al Morgan and chronicles the intrigue of radio and TV personalities. As a singer in a “family hour” TV show, Julie turns to drink to escape the advances of her employer. Although she is the only cast member of the film who gets to sing (and the cast has six members who have sung professionally), Julie is not actually seen singing. Instead she listens to herself on the radio, singing “The Meaning of The Blues,” an original tune by Bobby Troup and Leah Worth.

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