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The Dean of Hollywood: A Conversation with Stunt Legend Harvey Parry (2006)

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Hidden Hollywood
12 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Harvey Parry is a name most of us have never heard of, despite his being in the film business for over six decades and appearing in hundreds of films. This is the life of a stunt man, doing some of the hardest, most important work on a film, and rarely getting recognized.

This brief bonus feature has an audio interview with Parry that brings him to life and makes you want more. The focus is on Peter Lorre and being his stunt double (this is, after all, a part of the "Mr. Moto" box set). And that work seems hard enough when it is discussed in detail. But we also learn a bit more about Parry and how he got to be who he was.

Allegedly, Parry was three points away from qualifying as a diver for the United States in the Olympics and that shortcoming broke his heart. He later turned to boxing and he excelled in that. Those dives and those fights all helped make him a terrific stuntman because he could do these diving feats and fake boxing scenes expertly. Parry was Jimmy Cagney's ring opponent in the four films Cagney made with boxing in them.

Parry is a legend, even if a largely unknown one. Now that this much has been made public, hopefully someone will take the next step and flesh him out more.

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