The Greatest Cast Never Assembled! #OurAuthorGang
A “What If?” Scenario by Joe Bonadonna
All photos copied from Google Images and Alamay Stock Photos
By now, most of you have read The Lord of the Rings and/or seen the Peter Jackson films. Well, the other night I watched three old Cecil B. DeMille “pictures,” as we used to call ‘em back in the day: The Sign of the Cross (1932), Cleopatra (1934), and The Crusades (1935). So I got to daydreaming . . . what if Lord of the Rings had been published sometime in the early 1930s, and Paramount Pictures gave the project to Cecil B. DeMille to direct? That would have been most interesting, to say the least! Well, I’ve assembled my cast, using many of DeMille’s “stock company” of actors and actresses, and a number of other, big name stars of that era.
For those of you who may know these names and faces, you might enjoy this on many levels. For those of you who are unfamiliar with most of these actors and actresses, and/or have never seen them in any films, I’m going to provide a number of their photos, so you can get some kind of idea of what the heck is going on inside my head! If you love old films the way I do, then you might enjoy this little imaginary all-star cast. So let’s get silly and have some fun, shall we?
Paramount Pictures proudly presents Cecil B. DeMille’s Lord of the Rings.
Henry Wilcoxin as Aragorn
Claudette Colbert as Arwen
C. Aubrey Smith as Gandalf
Peter Lorre as Gollum/Smeagol
Charles Laughton as Bilbo
Robert Preston as Frodo
Loretta Young as Galadriel
Alan Hale, Sr as Sam Gamgee
Errol Flynn as Legolas
Thomas Mitchell as Gimli
Mischa Auer as Pippin
Leo Carillo as Merry
Claude Rains as Elrond
H.B. Warner as Denethor
Elissa Landi as Eowyn
Joseph Schildkraut as Grima Wormtongue
Ernest Thesiger as Treebeard
Dwight Frye as Chief Orc of the White Hand
Rondo Hatton as the Cave Troll
Anthony Quinn as Boromir
Caeser Romero as Faramir
Basil Rathbone as Saruman
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr as Eomer
Victor Mature as Celeborn
John Carradine as King Theoden
Special Guest Appearances By:
Boris Karloff as the Lord of the Nazgul
Lon Chaney, Jr as the King of the Dead
Bela Lugosi as the Mouth of Sauron
Screenplay by Harold Lamb.
Produced and Directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
To paraphrase the wonderful Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein: “It. Could. Have. Worked!!!!!”
So who would you have cast in these roles in an imaginary 1930s film of Lord of the Rings?
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