Lloyd Nolan was the kind of unobtrusive actor who could easily taken for granted by audiences no matter how much they liked him. It’s interesting to note that in the early Fifties, that changed. Nolan suddenly became a towering presence on both stage and screen.
It was his portrayal of Captain Queeg, the paranoid skipper of the U.S.S. Caine, that did it. The stage version of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial won for Nolan plaudits from drama critics and an Emmy in 1955 for the tv adaptation of the play. (Humphrey Bogart won an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Queeg in the movie version.)
As The New York Times noted, the theater critic Walter Kerr said that before ‘Caine Mutiny’ people had known Mr. Nolan only as a ‘pleasant, casual acquaintance.’ As Queeg, Mr. Kerr said: ‘Nolan holds back nothing. Yet there is no excess.’
Another example of an actor deepening and getting better with age. Ok, let’s get to the answers to our short Lloyd Nolan Quiz. To review the questions, just scroll down to the blog below. Here we go:
1) Answer: a) Nolan played the title role in the Mike Shayne private eye series, which 20th Century Fox released between 1940 and 1942. There were seven episode in the series with Nolan mixing wisecracks with fisticuffs.
2) Answer: Nolan played a supporting role in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters, which was released in 1986, about a year after the actor’s death of lung cancer.
3) Answer: Nolan costarred with Diahann Carroll in (b) Julia, an NBC situation comedy with Carroll as a beautiful widow raising a young son and Nolan as the grumpy Dr. Morton Chegley. The series ran from 1968 to 1971, and was one of the few programs at the time built around a black star.
4) Answer: a) 1945’s The House On 92nd Street, a highly realistic look at how the FBI tracked Nazi domestic spies during World War II. Nolan played agent George A. Briggs.
5) Answer: a) True. The product was ‘Super Poli-Grip,’ which, Nolan told the world, ‘helps keep food out and dentures in.’