Among the actor's other home runs are another film he did with Vincente Minnelli, The Bad and the Beautiful. It's one of my favorite Hollywood-on-Hollywood dramas.
And there's Douglas' smaller film that boasts one of his best performances. He's the independent cowboy at odds with a changing society in the modern western, Lonely Are The Brave. Dalton Trumbo worked on the screenplay for that 1962 release.
I totally dig TCM (Turner Classic Movies). If I saw that these Kirk Douglas films were airing when I was home from work, I arranged my nighttime schedule so I could be home to see them: Out of the Past, Champion, Detective Story, A Letter to Three Wives, Seven Days in May and Young Man With a Horn. That one, co-starring Juano Hernandez....
I am still in awe of the luck, the privilege, the opportunity I had to interview Kirk Douglas in 1988. He was my sole guest for the premiere of my prime time, weeknight celebrity talk show on VH1. He was the ultimate class act. A most gracious gent, he charmed us all.
At the time, the star was promoting his well-received autography, The Ragman's Son.
I hope it becomes a best seller. Love me some Kirk Douglas!
By the way, one of his non-home run movies has become somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me. The 1979 comedy western, The Villain -- also called Cactus Jack -- is basically a long live-action version of a Chuck Jones or Tex Avery cartoon. Kirk Douglas' Cactus Jack character has a touch of the Yosemite Sam about him. This Kirk Douglas western is such a prairie dog of a movie that it was stolen by Paul Lynde -- on a horse -- as an Indian chief called Nervous Elk.