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Posted in 1952, 1954, 1956, 1959, Barbara Stanwyck, Howard Hawks, John Sturges, Kirk Douglas, Making Movies, Mara Corday, Republic, Rex Allen, Richard Widmark, Robert Mitchum, Ronald Reagan, Roy Rogers on February 25, 2013 | 7 Comments »
Rex Allen and Roy Rogers, somewhere on the Republic lot.
Mara Corday studies the Raw Edge (1956) screenplay.
Donna Reed and Richard Widmark at work on Backlash (1956). That’s John Sturges obscured in the ball cap.
Howard Hawks shows Kirk Douglas how to do a fight scene for The Big Sky (1952).
Ronald Reagan and Barbara Stanwyck discuss the arms situation on the set of Cattle Queen Of Montana (1954).
Satchel Paige and Robert Mitchum shoot the breeze between takes on The Wonderful Country (1959).
Coming on DVD and Blu-ray from Olive Films in August — Raoul Walsh’s Pursued (1947).
3:10 To Yuma (1957) came up today. (My wife flipped past it on TV this morning.) So I dug up something I’d squirreled away — an interview with writer Elmore Leonard.
Elmore Leonard: “Originally, I heard that Glenn Ford had turned down the role. He thought he was going to be the good guy, which Van Heflin played, the guy who is taking him to prison. But when he found out he was the bad guy, he wanted to do it. I thought, ‘God, he’s gonna be great.’ In the ‘40s and ‘50s, he was kind of a role model, someone you could enjoy or perhaps even imitate to some extent. I remember when we were in high school, we used to button our sport coats and single-breasted suits with the top two buttons because Glenn Ford buttoned his that way in Gilda.”
Ford’s performance in this one is one of the best in 50s Westerns, as good as Stewart in The Man From Laramie (1955) or Wayne in The Searchers (1956). And on the creepy scale, he’s right up there with Mitchum in Cape Fear (1962).
UPDATE: How dare I mention this film and not bring up Van Heflin? To me, this and Shane (1953) would make a nice double bill, with Heflin as shades of more or less the same character.
UCLA will run William Wellman’s Track Of The Cat (1954) as part of its Tracking The Cat: Robert Mitchum In The West series. The chance to see this CinemaScope picture on a big screen, with its incredible use of color (or lack thereof), is something not to be missed. It runs Sunday, July 17 at 7:30PM.
The whole series is certainly worthwhile, presenting everything from Blood On The Moon (1948) to El Dorado (1966). You can’t go wrong with anything they’re showing.
Thanks to Laura for the tip.