My version deals with two actresses or actors who played the same role - one on stage, one in the film version - and who subsequently appeared opposite one another in another film. OK, admittedly it's the kind of useless information that lurks in the mind of someone who has spent way too much time in the dark watching way too many movies, but it's fun.
Kathy Bates caused something of a sensation when she starred on Broadway in Terrence McNally's "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune." But when Garry Marshall adapted McNally's piece into a film, he shortened the title to "Frankie and Johnny" and passed on Bates. He hired Michele Pfieffer to play the role created so indelibly by Bates.
Flashforward 15 years and Stephen Frears' makes a film called "Chéri" starring ... Michele Pfeiffer and Kathy Bates. Hmmm. Makes one wonder how they got along on the set of "Chéri," what they talked about, right? Well, they apparently liked each other because Bates and Pfeiffer subsquently teamed on David Hollander's "Personal Effects."
And then there's...
Janis Paige starred in "The Pajama Game" on Broadway, Doris Day played in the movie version and they subsequently appeared together in "Please Don't Eat the Daisies."
To complicate matters here, Day made her film debut in 1948 as the second female lead in Michael Curtiz's "Romance on the High Seas." The film's female lead was ... Janis Paige.
Janice Rule starred as Madge in "Picnic" on Broadway, Kim Novak played in the movie version and they subsequently appeared together on screen in "Bell, Book and Candle."
Pat Hingle played Rubin Flood in "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" on Broadway in 1957, a part played by Robert Preston in the 1960 film version. Both appeared in the 1963 fillm, "All the Way Home."
Anne Bancroft starred in "Two for the Seesaw" on Broadway, Shirley MacLaine played in the movie version and they subsequently appeared as rivals in "The Turning Point" on screen.
Lauren Bacall starred in "Cactus Flower" on Broadway, Ingrid Bergman played in the movie version and, together, they were in the film, "Murder on the Orient Express."
Hal Holbrook created the role of Gene Garrison on stage in "I Never Sang for My Father" and Gene Hackman asssumed the role in the 1970 film version. Both were in "The Firm."
David Wayne, who created Ensign Pulver in "Mister Roberts" on stage, and Jack Lemmon, who won the Oscar for the film, teamed some 20 years later in the Billy Wilder remake of "The Front Page."
More on Lemmon... He played the role of Harry Berlin in the movie version of "Luv," a role created on stage by Alan Arkin. They subsequently got together in the film "Glengarry Glen Ross." And, in a twist, Jack took over Peter Falk's stage role in the screen adaptation of "The Prisoner of Second Avenue." They made no films together after that but, previously, the two were paired in "The Great Race" and "Luv."
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~photography: Columbia Pictures 1958©
~Doris Day and Janis Paige together for the first time in "Romance on the High Seas"
~photography: Warner Bros. 1948©
~photography: Paramount Pictures 1974©
~photography: Universal Pictures 1974©