Joan Rice with her son Michael in December 1953
Last week I posted a press photo of Joan Rice in 1953, taken shortly after the birth of her son Michael. But the date puzzled me because her pregnancy seemed to coincide with her filming of His Majesty O’Keefe with Burt Lancaster, which was released on 16th January 1954. Thankfully Neil was at hand to put me right and explained that His Majesty O’Keefe had been filmed two years earlier.
Joan Rice in 'His Majesty O'Keefe' in 1952Neil said:
“His Majesty O Keefe commenced filming in Yap, Fiji on July 21st 1952 and finished on 3rd November 1952 - this is from the Burt Lancaster book, Against Type.
I just wanted to reinforce what I have said before in that Joan Rice's major films were made between 30 April 1951 and 5 November 1952 which is such a short time span when we look back. There does seem to have been a long delay before His Majesty O Keefe was finished and released - in the book it says that Jack Warner of Warner Bros. has become increasingly irritated by Burt Lancaster and his partner at the time Harold Hecht, bringing in the films they produced well over budget.
His Majesty O Keefe cost 1.55 million dollars to make. Also The Crimson Pirate had been released a year or so before again a film that went over budget.”
Joan and David Green were married on Monday February 16th 1953 at Maidenhead Register Office and their son Michael was due to be born on Christmas Day, 1953, in London.
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