In remembrance of the anniversary of his death on September 18, 1968, I wanted to watch a performance of Franchot's that I'd never seen. Happily, I can say that I've managed to view all but 1 of Franchot's films (his first, The Wiser Sex.) Sadly, it is harder to find his television work, so I'm running out of new Franchot viewing experiences. Shadow over Elveron is an engaging movie with great performances all around, but knowing that it was Franchot's last television performance made it an emotional watch for me.
|James Franciscus and Franchot Tone|
The screen captures below occur when Barney is excitedly building his case and I see so much of young 1930's Franchot in these expressions.
In addition to Don Ameche, Shadow over Elveron includes performances from more of Franchot's contemporaries. Veteran actors Stuart Erwin and James Dunn are both townsmen who are intimidated by Sheriff Drover. It's interesting to watch Leslie Nielsen in the part of the villain, but his performance is so good that it's almost too real to watch. He's completely believable as the powerful, corrupt sheriff and it's hard to see him cut down the sweet, hardworking townspeople.
Although his screen time is brief, it is good to see Franchot in two entertaining, quality films in 1968. I have so much respect for the fact that he continued to do what he loved right up until the end of his life. I was delighted to find the full-length Shadow over Elveron on Youtube. If you'd like to see Franchot's scene in Nobody Runs Forever, I uploaded that clip some time ago and it can be viewed here.