Saturday, March 27, 2010

24:20 Planet of the Apes 3979HT

A word for Dr. Zaius. 

Cornelius, Zira and Heston get all the attention in this movie, but Maurice Evans's role as Dr. Zais is superlative.  He's full of disdain, disgust and self-assured conceit -- perfect and very close to the orangutan characters in Monkey World.

Edward G. Robinson passed on the movie because he found the make-up constructive and troubling -- we'll see a make-up test with him in it sometime tomorrow ... But I've gotta think that he wouldn't have been as good as Evans is here.

Full marks.


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