Morgan Freeman, "The Country Girl"

The Oscar winning actor ("Million Dollar Baby") had a substantial stage career before his first significant film role in 1987's "Street Smart," having made his Broadway debut forty years ago in the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB004207" title="Pearl Bailey" href="/topic/entertainment/music/pearl-bailey-PECLB004207.topic">Pearl Bailey</a> led cast of "Hello, Dolly!" His last appearance on Broadway was in 1988 as a metaphoric messenger in a short-lived allegorical musical "The Gospel at Colonus." Two decades later, in this second revival of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PEHST001496" title="Clifford Odets" href="/topic/arts-culture/clifford-odets-PEHST001496.topic">Clifford Odets</a>' 1950 domestic drama, Freeman tackles the meaty role of an alcoholic actor, a part played in the 1954 film by crooner <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB001201" title="Bing Crosby" href="/topic/entertainment/music/bing-crosby-PECLB001201.topic">Bing Crosby</a>.
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The Oscar winning actor ("Million Dollar Baby") had a substantial stage career before his first significant film role in 1987's "Street Smart," having made his Broadway debut forty years ago in the Pearl Bailey led cast of "Hello, Dolly!" His last appearance on Broadway was in 1988 as a metaphoric messenger in a short-lived allegorical musical "The Gospel at Colonus." Two decades later, in this second revival of Clifford Odets' 1950 domestic drama, Freeman tackles the meaty role of an alcoholic actor, a part played in the 1954 film by crooner Bing Crosby.

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