Many critics have said that Robert Taylor lost his looks after World War II. I disagree strongly with this. Obviously a 40 year old is not going to look like a 20 year old. Mr. Taylor’s face became thinner and his cheekbones were more pronounced. His new maturity is elegant and strong, reflecting his life experiences, including Navy service during the war. His charm remains intact as does his appeal for women.
Tip on a Dead Jockey is an adventure/romance with touches of comedy. It was originally scheduled to be directed by Orson Welles, which is probably why Robert Taylor signed on. Eventually Richard Thorpe, a director with whom Mr. Taylor worked frequently, took over. The movie also stars Dorothy Malone, Jack Lord and Gia Scala. A remastered DVD was released recently.