SOMETIMES YOU FEEL LIKE A NUT

In 1962, Carol Lynley and Shirley Knight played twin sisters on a first season episode of the hit western series The Virginian starring James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Gary Clarke and Doug McClure. Lynley’s sister was flirty and unstable with a fascination for guns while Knight’s sister was mousy and over protective. Along comes Tom Tryon as a seaman and Lynley wants him to take her away to see the world…or else. Below is a clip from the show that contrasts Lynley’s hyperactive style of acting to the more understated Knight.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7qFaC5FlT8

Shortly after this Lynley would be cast by Otto Preminger over Knight as well as Ann-Margret and Pamela Tiffin, among others to play priest Tom Tryon’s wayward sister in the epic Golden Globe winning The Cardinal (1963). When Lynley runs off to become a tango-dancing prostitute after her strict Catholic family rejects her Jewish suitor John Saxon in turn-of-the-century Boston she winds up unwed and pregnant. Tryon finds her in labor and makes the decision to save the baby and let his sister die a natural death to the doctor and Saxon’s disbelief.

 

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