"JUBAL", a free adaptation of Shakespeare's OTHELLO in the West, is not one of Delmer Daves's best films, and Glenn Ford is much too old for the part, a kind of juvenile delinquent, à la James Dean. Bronson has a small but good role, as Reb, ex-outlaw in the Jesse James gang, now a saddle tramp, who befriends Jubal, and saves his life several times. He has a nice trick with his gun, a good scene with Rod Steiger, but that's it. "DRUM BEAT" it is not...
Showing off on the set, with Valerie French and Felicia Farr (Mrs. Jack Lemmon).
Character actor Robert Knapp worked on JUBAL and was interviewed in the book "Feature Players - Volume 3". His comments on Charlie:
"The guy who really made it was Charles Bronson. I knew Charles very well during JUBAL. We had a lot of time together. We'd sit out there and he would talk to me about his life. He was a very angry boy in those days, and he became a very successful human being."
None I'm aware of, but you never know. There are of course rumors of him boxing professionally as well as wrestling, but nothing has ever been proven and he might well have used an alias for any endeavor like that even before he got into acting. He might very well have entered a local bodybuilding contest or two in the late 1940's, although Charlie always had more of a boxer's physique (even when he seemed more muscular early in his career).
To be honest, Charlie was obviously proud of his physique and liked to show it off but didn't seem the type to stand there and pose and flex on a stage. Especially in his films he seemed very relaxed and not prone to the flexing for the cameras many of the bodybuilding actors of the old sword and sandal films engaged in.
Do recall seeing photos of Sean Connery entering the Mr. Universe contest in the early 1950's and read somewhere that Robert Tessier (Charlie's opponent in HARD TIMES) entered a Mr. Massachusetts contest in the late 1950's. William Smith had the size and muscularity to actually win bodybuilding contests and trained alongside Mr. Olympias, Mr. Americas, and Mr. Universes but never entered a contest himself. He thought his legs were too weak due to his height and said if they had let him wear pants on stage he might have won a contest or two!
Post by Mean Little Ass-Kicker on Aug 20, 2013 12:14:12 GMT -5
A very good western, really liked both Jubal and Shep and thought Mae was a complete bitch, a horrible person. A lot of good performances in this one and Charlie had an interesting role with a decent amount of screen time.
A lot of people confuse westerns with action movies, they think they're supposed to be all about gunfights and mexican standoffs. Movies like Jubal makes me happy that is not the case.
You make sounds like you're a mean little ass-kicker... only I ain't convinced. You keep talking and I'm gonna take your head off.