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John Leyton... unluckiest 1960's actor?...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Mortiroloboy, 30 Dec 2007.

  1. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    John Leyton, his character banged up in Stalagluft13 in the Great Escape, manages to escape (did he get machine gunned?) only to turn up in an Italian POW camp in VonRyans Express only to be shot again. Talk about type casting;)
     
  2. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't he one of only three guys who get clean away in The Great Escape (the others being Charles Bronson and James Coburn)? All the others get either shot or returned to camp.

    So perhaps not all that 'unlucky'...
     
  3. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    Pete your right he was in the rowing boat with Danny (Charles Bronson).
     
  4. col

    col Veteran

    And james coburn nicked a bike didnt he?
     
  5. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    Yep if you read the entry on the Great Escape on Wikipedia it mentions in the fictional parts of the film that stealing a bike would not be advised as it could lead to criminal charges! Just how much more trouble could you get into having escaped.
     
  6. OP
    OP
    Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    You're correct, so presumably after getting back to Blighty, he was sent off to fight and was unlucky enough to be re-captured again. But what a great time he had meeting such famous people as Frank Sinatra, Charles Bronson, Trevor Howard et al!:smile::wacko:
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    So did Steve McQueen, although his was a bit more powerful than Mr Coburn's.
     
  8. girofan

    girofan New Member

    Tell you what Mortiroloboy, if you had heard any of John Leyton's recordings, you would wish he had been shot!;)
    Try "Johnny Remember Me" for teeth grinding banality:angry:. If you can find a copy. Maybe your grandparents may have one?