Sonya Wilde    James Franciscus

I Passed for White

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
1960

Way before he was Youngblood Hawke in the movies, way before he was Mr. Novak on TV, and waaaaayyy before he went Beneath the Planet of the Apes, James Franciscus starred in a 1960 exploitation film called I Passed for White. Since we've never actually seen the film, we can only assume that the title doesn't refer to the character he plays. But it's not like you'd ever mistake James Franciscus for a member of any other race! Actually, this was the actor's third film, after 1957's Four Boys and a Gun and 1958's The Mugger. His big break came in 1964 with the sublimely entertaining Youngblood Hawke, and if that "fiasco" didn't exactly put him on Hollywood's A-list, at least it guaranteed he'd have one of the most devoted cult followings this side of Chad Everett.

 

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