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Marty Sloane and the Actor Who Portrayed Him

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 25, 2017 at 2:45 PM

"Just Lucky, I Guess" (Season 2)

Marty Sloane (John Randolph), Mr. Hardware of 1969, who seems to have come no closer to crime than to read about it in the evening newspaper, ventures unexpectedly into its darkness and becomes involved with a prostitute. No longer protected by his nice, quiet world in small-town America, he sees the eighteen-year-old woman being thrown over a ninth-floor railing in the Ilikai Hotel’s Yacht Harbor Tower. Unaccustomed to that side of life, Sloane gives in to his fears and refuses to provide the evidence needed to pin the murder on crime boss Charley Bombay (Albert Paulsen). He is afraid of losing his wife and the respect of his neighbors. He is not even able to surrender fear’s grip when Bombay’s thugs try to run him down in the Ilikai parking garage and still cowers when Bombay insults him in McGarrett’s office. It is only when McGarrett points out that thugs like Bombay are destroying young adults like Andrea Carlson (Elaine Joyce), who is only a year older than Sloane’s daughter, Gladys, that Mr. Hardware is able to break through his fears and identify Bombay as the man who killed the young prostitute. When he does, he finds that he has won the battle and the war. He receives reinforcement from McGarrett, who recites lines from John Donne’s No Man is an Island,

. . . Any man's death diminishes me,

Because I am involved in mankind . . .

John Randolph, Mr. Everyman of mid-century America, the actor with the friendly face and warm smile, lost his acting career after he was labeled a Communist sympathizer for pleading the fifth amendment and refusing to answer questions posed by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee about Communist influences in Hollywood. Was Mr. Randolph a Communist? We may never know, but we do know that he served in the Army Air Force during World War II.

John Randolph was one of the last expelled actors to regain his place in the acting profession. He was picked up by John Frankenheimer Productions and Gibraltar Productions (Rock Hudson’s production company) to portray Arthur Hamilton in the science fiction movie, Seconds (1966). A middle-aged New York banker, who was frustrated with his ordinary life, Hamilton chose to become a Second, a reborn, in a youthful body with a life of independence as a painter in an exclusive beachside community in California. Even with the youthful face and body of Rock Hudson, however, he came to realize that this life was no more fulfilling than his former one. Too late, he learned that there was no turning back. For John Randolph, Seconds hardly brought star billing, but it did give him a foot in the door. It also gave a second chance to Will Geer and Jeff Corey, who also had been blacklisted.

John Randolph went on to appear in the Broadway premieres of The Sound of Music and Paint Your Wagon, among others, and won a Tony Award for his appearance in Broadway Bound. He provided the voice of Nixon attorney John Mitchell in All the President’s Men and appeared in The Foreign Field as a veteran who returned to France in search of the woman with whom he fell in love during World War II. He also appeared in Earthquake, Heaven Can Wait, Serpico, Prizzi’s Honor, and You’ve Got Mail, among other movies, and in numerous television programs.

Like John Randolph, who received a second chance at acting from John Frankenheimer and Rock Hudson, Marty Sloane received a second chance at life from McGarrett. He discovered a side of himself he never had known and would go home ready to accept life on its terms.

Trivia: In addition to Seconds, John Randolph appeared with Rock Hudson in an episode of McMillan & Wife, “Guilt by Association,” 1974.


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Reply Steve's Girl
2:21 AM on January 26, 2017 
Thank you for the portrait of John Randolph. Besides in "Just Lucky I Guess, another favorite episode of mine, I liked him as Angelo Partanna in "Prizzi's Honor" where he appeared together with another Five-0 alumni, Robert Loggia ("The Execution File"; Season 11).