Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Mr. Majestic: Kirk Douglas
"Kirk would be the first person to tell you he's a very difficult man. And I would be the second."
- Burt Lancaster on friend and frequent co-star Kirk Douglas
Leading men, professional rivals and closest of friends Douglas and Lancaster starred together in some 7 feature films. My favorites being John Sturges' 1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral where they play odd couple gunslinger and sheriff buddies Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp battling cattle barons and cleaning up Tombstone. Then there's John Frankenheimer's 1964 Seven Days In May where Douglas plays Colonel Martin "Jiggs" Casey, aide to Lancaster's General James Mattoon Scott who is planning to overthrow the weak willed President and install himself as leader. When Jiggs accidentally uncovers the plot, he must convince skeptical military leaders, politicians and the President himself in order to stop his one time friend and personal hero.