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The Silver Chalice (1954) Poster

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James Dean was offered the role of Basil, the sculptor, but he and his agent thought the script was poor. Paul Newman, who was a finalist for the role of Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955) that eventually was played by Dean and made him a star, took the role, which Newman later regretted. While shooting "East of Eden," Dean went over to visit Newman on the set of this film, where he met the love of his short life, Pier Angeli, Newman's co-star.
Film debut of Paul Newman.
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Film acting debut of Lorne Greene (he had narrated, but did not appear in, a short in 1947).
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Alexander Scourby, who plays St. Luke, was known for his deep, rich voice and later became the first person to read and record the entire King James version of the Bible on LP records.
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When the film ran on television in 1966, Paul Newman took out ads in the Hollywood trade papers, calling it "the worst motion picture produced during the 1950s," apologizing for his performance, and asking people not to watch the film. Unfortunately, it had the opposite effect, and many people tuned in to watch it on TV. Newman once screened the movie for friends at his home, giving them whistles, pots, and wooden spoons, and encouraging them to make noisy critiques of the film.
Final film as director for Victor Saville.
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This film received a huge "premiere" in Saranac Lake, NY. The premiere was a "prize" to the town that sold the most "Christmas Seals" in a countrywide competition. The weekend consisted of a parade with the director and stars of the movie (with the exception of Paul Newman, who did not attend), and a gala premiere at the Pontiac Theatre in Saranac Lake hosted by Art Linkletter.
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Film debut of Robert Middleton.
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The only film to co-star screen legends Paul Newman and Natalie Wood (though they do not share any scenes).
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Italian censorship visa # 18954 delivered on 18-7-1955.
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