Edited by Don Malcolm on 7/17/2017, 10:30 pm
A great time was had by all and Mr. Landau was sharp as a tack and incredibly youthful during his thirty-minute interview with Foster Hirsch. He turned 89 on June 20, however, and things can just happen once one is in such an age range. We'll be preparing a special clip for next year's Marvin event that will honor Mr. Landau and our other special guests who've been kind enough to join us as we pay tribute to Marvin Paige and his yeoman service to "Old Hollywood."
Not a great deal of noir on Mr. Landau's resumé, but you can find him in various TV episodes that fit into noir territory, beginning with Armstrong Circle Theatre in 1956 (in a teleplay entitled "Terror At My Heels," which co-starred Darren McGavin and Edmon Ryan. Other credits include appearances on THE LAWLESS YEARS and JOHNNY STACCATO.
Definitely worth seeking out, however, is his turn as the guilt-ridden lawyer who discovers that he's gotten an undeserved acquittal for his client in 1964's "The Second Verdict," an especially taut episode of THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR (the successor to ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS), which ran from 1962-65. The episode was written by Alfred Hayes, who'd had a distinguished career as a screenwriter in the previous decade (CLASH BY NIGHT, HUMAN DESIRE, ISLAND IN THE SUN, A HATFUL OF RAIN) and who provided seven top-notch teleplays to the AHH.
And here is a real rarity--a leading role for Mr. Landau in 1963, in a US-UK coproduction of the political thriller DECISION AT MIDNIGHT, the last feature film directed by Lewis Allen (who would soldier on in television for another fifteen years before retiring). A good-looking copy of this film is available at Vimeo and you are invited to give it a try at the following link:
RIP to Mr. Landau, who gave us so many great moments on film and television...we are so grateful that we had a chance to bring him in front of such a large, adoring audience, who savored every minute of being with him.