I’ve been trying to watch my favorite westerns with actor Robert Fuller. Netflix keeps skipping over my Laramie and Wagon Train discs,which are “short waits.” Two months is NOT a short wait! Anyway, what they’ve been sending are movies in which Fuller appeared as an extra. You can understand why they’re pretty far down on my queue! Still, I watch them, enjoy them, find Fuller, and make a collage. Here’s Calamity Jane (1953) starring Doris Day and Howard Keel. Fuller doesn’t appear with these leads. He just has a few brief seconds onscreen giving flowers to actress Adelaid Adams (played by Gale Robbins) and exiting backstage behind her.
Later, Fuller was an extra in Friendly Persuasion (1956), starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire and Anthony Perkins. He was chosen to appear with Cooper and (Peter) Mark Richman in the shooting gallery scene because his sideburns were real. Another actor in this film was John Smith, who would later star with Fuller in Laramie. Fuller sits right behind Smith in the Quaker meeting scene at the beginning of the film.
(If you’re saying to yourself, “Not another Robert Fuller post!” just keep this in mind. I have about fifty other collages that I haven’t shared!)