Newman became a big star in spite of this awful debut At a glance

October 23, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach

As film debuts go, this is reportedly one of the worst.

Paul Newman first hit the big screen in 1954's "The Silver Chalice" (7 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., repeats 1: 30 a.m.-4 a.m., AMC), and by all accounts it's a wonder his career wasn't stopped dead in his tracks. Newman, who looks pretty ludicrous in a toga, plays a Greek soldier who somehow ends up designing the cup Jesus uses at the Last Supper. The cast includes Jack Palance, Virginia Mayo, Pier Angeli, Natalie Wood and Lorne Greene (also making his screen debut).

How bad is it? Bad enough that Newman once felt compelled to take out a newspaper ad and apologize for its being shown on TV. Watch it, and see if his money was well spent.

Pub Date: 10/23/97

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