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ODE TO GRECIAN SPORTS

May 09, 1955
May 09, 1955

Table of Contents
May 9, 1955

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
  • The balloon is an ancient and simple thing, but it is still so full of fun it is making new friends in Philadelphia

Ballooning
The Mille Miglia
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Preview
Fisherman's Calendar
Acknowledgments
Baseball
Anniversary
Yesterday
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back
  • A salute to some who have earned the good opinion of the world of sport, if not its tallest headlines

ODE TO GRECIAN SPORTS

In their never-ending quest for realism the motion picture companies travel to the ends of the earth for authentic locales and spare no expense in obtaining technical consultants to coach actors for their roles. Thus, when an Oklahoma! is to be filmed, the company does not sit in Hollywood; it goes to Arizona. Similarly, when Robert Rossen, an independent American producer, decided to film Alexander the Great, a story of the man who conquered the Middle East and penetrated India, Rossen hied his crew to Spain. The script for this United Artists release called for some colossal coverage of Greek games and sports. To be certain actors such as Richard Burton showed proper form for the ancient sports, several prominent Spanish athletes were hired to instruct the thespians in their specialties. Actor Burton, for example, was painstakingly coached in throwing the discus by Miguel Quadra, three-time amateur discus champion of Spain, even though today's discus style is quite unlike the toss of antiquity. Realism was further advanced by having Spanish athletes actually perform in the film. Spanish acrobats became gymnasts; muscular José Del Pino, twice Spanish shot-put champion, hurled a discus; basketball player Mario Camus tossed the javelin and Alfonso Abelanda, a leading rugby performer, jumped hurdles. Outside expertise, in fact, was lacking only in the swordplay, but the company was quite confident that it could supply its own authentic swashbuckle.

This is an article from the May 9, 1955 issue Original Layout

PHOTOARISTOTLE (BARRY JONES, LEFT) CHATS WITH ALEXANDER THE GREAT (RICHARD BURTON) WHILE SPANISH ATHLETES APE THE GREEK WAY CRITICAL EYES OF FILM-MAKERSPHOTOACROBATIC ACTORS, members of a professional Spanish troupe, perform for the benefit of movie technicians before taking roles as Greeks.