Sands of Iwo Jima (1949, which had netted Wayne an Oscar nomination), Hondo (1953), The Alamo (1960) and other Wayne screen ventures. he had a formula for Wayne's success which clashed with the approach Capra wanted to take and after a period of being at loggerheads with Wayne's network of close associates, Capra departed the production. Apart from one documentary short in 1968 Capra, a three-time Oscar-winner, never directed again.
Rod Taylor was enlisted. He'd enjoyed the hit The Time Machine (1960) and was coming off the fairly prestigious Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Birds (1963.) However, when he arrived in Spain for filming, he found that his role was also far more a supporting part than a costarring one as he'd initially believed. So he too was out!
|Smith is seen to the right with Karen Sharpe.|
|This Japanese promotional piece is focused on Robert Fuller, but we can only focus on Smith's "fuller" pants! God bless the typesetter for not moving the pink lettering over another millimeter to the left.|
|Sampling the wares (in this case Guy Madison)?|
|Different sorts of wishbones were Willson's usual stock in trade...|
|Aggressive masculinity as compensation?|
|Wayne was loyal lifelong to "Pappy" Ford, despite harsh treatment at times.|
|Any way you can bend I can bend better...|
|The movie has teeming hordes of extras, all in period costumes. No CGI here...|
|Ooooh! Shades of The Poseidon Adventure and Titanic!|
|That's Cardinale clowning around in the red-striped pants.|
That's it till next time!