"Star Dust": Stage, Screen, Radio (1949)


Granite Falls, Washington Press
June 30, 1949

By Inez Gerhard

Dan Duryea (real name) has made his reputation on stage and screen as a heel. He has slapped Joan Bennett, Lizabeth Scott and Yvonne De Carlo. In "Manhandled," his latest film for Paramount, he twice delivers a short right to Dorothy Lamour's chin. As an actor no one can be slicker or slimier. In real life he's one of the nicest guys you could ask to meet, devoted to his wife and two young sons, active in PTA and with the Boy and Cub scouts. He played a cur on the stage in "Missouri Legend," which set him for a similar role in "The Little Foxes" on stage and screen. In some 25 pictures he has given such excellent performances that someone's description, "a heel with sex appeal," will probably type him forever.