Marlon Brando’s One-Eyed Jacks (1961) is a picture that really seems to divide classic Western fans. To some, it’s a great film; to others, a self-indulgent disaster.
Whichever side you’re on, masterpiece or mess, you probably know something of its troubled production — at least a year behind schedule, a few million dollars over budget, Stanley Kubrick and Sam Peckinpah hired and fired, and so on. It’s been written about quite a bit over the years, and I’ve covered it before on this blog.
As a side project to 50 Westerns From The 50s, I’m at work on A Million Feet Of Film: The Making Of One-Eyed Jacks. It has a tentative release date of March 30, 2012 — the 51st anniversary of its premiere at the Paramount in New York.
Particulars will come as they’re sorted out. In the meantime, there’s a Tumblr page to share some photos and other material I’ve amassed over the years. (That color image up top is from the original trailer.)