The barefoot gent on this sound-stage riverbank usually performs in baggy trunks and never keeps his hands so low, his chin so far out. He is, of course, Archie Moore, the light-heavyweight champion, and the world from here to Tasmania has always been his stage.
Archie has held forth eloquently all his life (which began, if you listen to the talk, somewhere in the Jurassic Age), but this is the first time he is getting paid for emoting. For Archie here is portraying Jim, the runaway slave, in a successful screen test for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which M-G-M started shooting last week way down upon the old Sacramento River.
Moore memorized 16 pages of dialogue overnight for his test. Said proud Producer Sam Goldwyn Jr. after catching Archie's scenes: "Archie puts warmth and poignancy on the screen." Said Archie the Actor: "I just finished Mark Twain's book. I never had time to read it when I was a boy. I was too busy earning a living."