Oct 25, 2015
Dewey Martin: Forgotten Screen Hunk
So I was surprised to discover that there was a screen hunk named Dewey Martin, a Texas boy who got his start in the gay-subtext Knock on Any Door (1949) as a young boxing tough.
And The Big Sky (1952), about two cowboys (Dewey Martin, Kirk Douglas) making a perilous cross-country journey and sparring for the affection of a girl.
Plus Westerns, sci fi, war, an ancient Egyptian epic, anything that would allow him to shed his shirt and display his tight, rugged physique, back in the days when shirtless men were practically unheard-of on screen.
They may have had gay subtexts, too; I haven't seen them.
In the 1960s he moved into television, becoming a familiar character actor. His last starring role was in Seven Alone (1974), as the head of a family crossing the wilderness during the 1870s.
Dewey was married for three years to singer Peggy Lee ("If that's all there is, then let's keep dancing....").
He's still alive, retired, age 89, mostly forgotten by both Boomers and the modern generation. But the photos, glimpses of beefcake past, remain intact.