Thursday, September 15, 2011

Eve Whitney (Radar Patrol vs. Spy King.)

Imagine that you're one of the most photographed women in the world, a former Conover Model no less, and considered one of MGM's most beautiful starlets of all time. Then you receive the plum role of an international femme fatale in an action serial, Republic's Radar Patrol vs. Spy King (1950) and the studio designers put you in a dowdy dress, sensible shoes and one of those ladies who lunch kind of hats. And not only that but gives you a title-role master villain played by a nonentity named John Merton, who was fine as a B-Western henchman -- you know, third guy through the door -- but wholly inadequate in a part that demands the likes of, say, a Roy Barcroft. But, then again, models never got much respect from Hollywood. As Eve herself once told gossip maven Sheilah Graham, “the way not to enter films is as a model.”

Eve Whitney (1923-2002) was married to Republic house composer Eddie Cherkose, a lasting union. She later became a real estate agent.

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