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Filming of the cattle drive proved problematic as the bulls would frequently be seen mounting the cows.
Although Joseph Cotten brought all his own food and water from the States to the shoot in Mexico, it was to no avail. He was the first of the film crew to get sick.
Rock Hudson drew unstinting praise from Director Robert Aldrich, who was enormously impressed with his lack of ego and sheer professionalism.
Lauren Bacall was offered the role of Belle Breckinridge, but found the subject matter to be rather offensive.
Kirk Douglas' relationship with Director Robert Aldrich got off to a rocky start as Aldrich arrived in Mexico with five other writers who were all working on his upcoming projects. Douglas was incensed that Aldrich's full attention was not directed towards this movie, so insisted that the writers be dispatched back to Hollywood. The relationship between the two men remained cool after that.
This movie had a major influence on Sergio Leone, who worked with Director Robert Aldrich on Sodom and Gomorrah (1962).
Kirk Douglas optioned the property for his production company Byrna, and was in the midst of supervising the editing of Spartacus (1960) when he got an impassioned letter from Robert Aldrich, lobbying for the job of director.
Kirk Douglas and Robert Aldrich originally wanted Ava Gardner for the Dorothy Malone part.
Among some of the more ludicrous titles that Universal proposed for the film were "The Magnificent Two", "The Majestic Brutes", "Seething Guns", "The Fuel and the Fire", "Two to Make Hate", "Death is My Middle Name", and "Appointment with a Dead Sun".
Robert Aldrich did not enjoy his experience making the film as he felt that the screenplay wasn't in the best shape it could be. Unfortunately, they had to run with what they had, as Communist Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was busy working on Otto Preminger's Exodus (1960) at the time.
Carol Lynley's next project which premiered a couple of weeks later was as Alison McKenzie in Return to Peyton Place (1961). Dorothy Malone signed up for Peyton Place (1964) as Constance McKenzie, but this time her daughter Alison was played by Mia Farrow.
Goof, not a point of trivia: When Brendan "Bren" O'Malley (Kirk Douglas) leaves Melissa "Missy" Breckenridge (Carol Lynley) by the stream, he looks at the setting sun and says he'll be back when the sun sets. He then goes into town for the final showdown with Dana Stribling (Rock Hudson). When they are facing off, the sun is directly overhead.
Throughout filming, this movie was known by the working title "Day of the Gun", and the title was changed very late in post-production. Director Robert Aldrich later called the filming "an extremely unpleasant experience", and claimed that the script needed more work, but added that he thought Communist Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was "two thousand percent right" to involve himself in other projects at the expense of this one, as he was just coming off the blacklist after more than ten years, and needed to re-assert himself in the Hollywood community.
No gunfighter would use a 2 shot unloaded short range derringer against a loaded 6 shot Colt .45. No one in his right mind, of course, except in a Hollywood western with a disappointing ending.
It is not too believable that 6 of the trail drivers were also musicians (harmonica, guitar, violin, accordion, clarinet, and snare drum), ready and willing to play around the campfire after 10 or 12 hours of herding cows and breathing dust. Welcome to Hollywood.
Someone commented that between the shots of Rock Hudson's horse in the quicksand that his horse was at different depths. Well, of couse, they were sinking.
|Complete credited cast:|
|Rock Hudson||-||Dana Stribling|
|Kirk Douglas||-||Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley|
|Dorothy Malone||-||Belle Breckenridge|
|Joseph Cotten||-||John Breckenridge|
|Carol Lynley||-||Melissa 'Missy' Breckenridge|
|Neville Brand||-||Frank Hobbs|
|Regis Toomey||-||Milton Wing|
|James Westmoreland||-||Julesburg Kid (as Rad Fulton)|
|Jack Elam||-||Ed Hobbs|