Monday, 24 November 2014

Dreedle's WAC



Actress and Playboy model Susanne Benton's memorable role as the wife of General Dreedle (Orson Welles) in Mike Nichol's adaptation of Joseph Heller's Catch-22




Dreedle's WAC is like a bomber plane's nose art pin up come to life, it's just a shame that Benton was actually 'enhanced', wearing seven pairs of falsies up top and sporting a rubber behind made from Frederick's of Hollywood. That's showbiz, guys!


Despite such enhancements, it's clear though that Susanne Benton was a fine looking specimen


She suffered for her art though; in a film notorious for mishaps - including the tragic death of second unit director John Jordan who refused to wear a harness during the bomber scenes and fell from the open tail turret 4,000ft to his death, a case of hepatitis breaking out which required the entire company to be inoculated, a near miss with a B-25 caught in a propwash, and a visiting John Wayne unfortunately and accidentally snubbed by the crew turning to the bottle, resulting in a fall that broke some of his ribs ribs - Benton was knocked out cold by a camera during one take!



2 comments:

  1. But is it true that Major Major Major Major really WAS Henry Fonda but was too chickenshit to admit it?

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    1. I love how when readers quibbled that Bob Newhart didn't look like Fonda, the answer was that not even Henry Fonda looked like Henry Fonda anymore!

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