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Dennis Hopper Western Filmography …

15 Feb

Dennis Hopper Western Filmography

I count Dennis Hopper’s appearances in at least two Western Classics: Gunfight at OK Corral with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas (1957); and True Grit (1969) with John Wayne. Even if Western movie fans didn’t count these movies as Classic, it would be recognized that Hopper had appeared with three of the Greatest Western Movie Stars of all time: Wayne, Lancaster and Douglas.

Some Western fans may also include Hang ‘em High (1968) with another of the Greatest Western Actors of all time: Clint Eastwood; and The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) with John Wayne (again), Dean Martin and Earl Holliman.

Among Western TV Shows. Gunsmoke and Bonanza would well be considered Classics. Cheyenne ? (Note: Hoppers roles in the TV Westerns were as a Guest Star – not a regular.)

Even so, not a bad legacy for one the legendary bad boys of the Entertainment industry.

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APACHE !!! The movie …

24 Nov

 “You call that life? If an Apache cannot live in his home mountains like his fathers before him, he is already dead!”
Massai: (Lancaster)

APACHE POSTER 1

APACHE TITLE BLURB

APACHE POSTER

When Rose and I got back from Arizona and the Apache Trail … I sat down in my living room and turned on the TV. Guess what’s playing? ??? Apache … of course – on Turner Classic Movies.

APACHE POSTERS 6

Interesting that foreign posters are often better than domestic.

But all they would have had to do was stick a pic of Jean Peters on the
poster and the theatres would have been full.

Jean … with a bullet
APACHE - JEAN PETERS

Well, I’ve known about this movie for some some, but never gotten around to seeing it. But since this was such a coincidence (I don’t believe in coincidences), I figured I better watch it. I’ve also known for a long time that my attraction to Sedona and Arizona country was due to past lives that I had spent here as a native in times that pre-dated the coming of the Whiteman. Much of Apache is filmed around Sedona and though I have no clear recollection of being Apache in particular, Apache is a very large and board label that covers many tribes in the American Southwest.

APACHE BANNER SHOTS

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Apache is not high on the list of most Western Movie fans, and I don’t consider it to be a major Western classic myself. But it still has some interesting and noteworthy features. For starters, it stars Burt Lancaster – one of the greatest Western Film actors of all time.

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_(film)) says:

“The film was the first in a series of movies Lancaster made for United Artists (under the Hecht-Lancaster studio)
It was originally budgeted at $742,000.
The film was a big hit, earning over $3 million in its first year of release and $6 million overall.”

A study of the film industry gives is a study of inflation: The recent The Lone Ranger (starring Johnny Depp) cost approximately $250 million to make.

 Casting

Besides Lancaster as Massail, it also has other notable casting: Jean Peters as Nalinlel; John McIntire as Al Sieber; Charles Bronson (as Charles Buchinsky) as HondoJohn Dehner as Weddle; Paul Guilfoyle as Santos; Ian MacDonald as Clagg; Walter Sande as Lt. Col. Beck; Morris Ankrum as Dawson; Monte Blue as Geronimo.

APACHE - Charles Bronson billed as Charles Bruchinsky

Charles Bronson billed as Charles Bruchinsky

Jean Peters, John McIntire, Charles Bronson, John Dehner, Ian MacDonald would all be well recognized actors even today.

Reviews:

APACHE IMDB

APACHE ROTTEN TOMATOES

From AllMoviehttp://www.allmovie.com/movie/apache-v2657/review

Another 1950s pro-Indian Western featuring Caucasian actors in brown body paint speaking pidgin “Native,” Apache nevertheless manages to dispense more than the standard revisionist bromides. Showcasing his energetic style, director Robert Aldrich doesn’t stint on the violence perpetrated by either the whites or by star Burt Lancaster‘s athletic blue-eyed brave Massai, while Massai’s rough handling of Jean Peters‘ Nalinle makes him tough to admire. Nevertheless, Massai’s trip from Florida to his ancestral lands early in the film concisely and potently sums up the ruinous spread of white “civilization” across indigenous tribal territory, turning him into a Machiavellian hero saved by the agrarian ideal and Nalinle’s familiar instincts. As Aldrich figured, that salvation rings jarringly false, but the powers that be overruled the relatively inexperienced movie director’s artistically sound yet commercially difficult instincts. Aldrich’s first collaboration with producer/star LancasterApache was also the director’s first hit and the beginning of Lancaster’s fruitful run as a Western action hero. According to historical accounts, the actual Massai’s eyes really were a Lancasterian azure.

Director Robert Aldrich

The film is directed my none other than Robert Aldrich – who also directed The Big Knife (1955), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?  (1962), Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967), and The Longest Yard (1974).

Aldrich further directed the Western Classic Vera Cruz (1954) that featured Lancaster, Gary Cooper, Cesar Romero, Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine … among others.

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Other Westerns directed by Robert Aldrich:

- 4 for Texas (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Anita Ekberg, Ursula Andress, Charles Bronson, Richard Jaeckel, Jack Elam, and The Three Stooges. (Yep, you’re reading correctly – obviously a comedy.)

4 FOR TEXAS (1972)

- Ulzana’s Raid (1972) starring Burt LancasterRichard JaeckelBruce Davison and Joaquin Martinez. The film, which was filmed on location in Arizona - portrays a brutal raid by Chiricahua Apaches against European settlers.

ULZANA'S RAID

- The Frisco Kid (1979) – another Western comedy with Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford

The Frisco Kid

APACHE SEDONA

Apache – Cathedral Rock in background, Sedona Arizona

 

the professionals … the cast … 1

23 Jun

lancaster and marvin … 

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The Professionals lancaster

… men with swagger

The Professionals marvin 2 

The Professionals marvin

The Professionals ? … Marketing Anomalies …

21 Jun

The Professionals didn’t seem to indulge in a lot of marketing promotion. Possibly (credibly) relying on it’s AllStar cast to carry it.
But some of marketing images are still a bit of a head scratcher.
Like this:

The Professionals Marketing

The Professionals DVD Cover / Poster

This DVD cover/poster headlines “Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Jack Palance and Ralph Bellamy“. But … ? the image shows Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Marvin, Ryan and Woody Strode.
Palance and Bellamy are Billed, but not pictured. Cardinale and Strode are pictured, but not Billed.
???

This can only be attributed to contractual agreements regarding who would get Billed ahead of who … whom? I guess.

Even stranger: As shown below, Cardinale did not even appear in the original photo, but she was cleverly inserted later – between Lancaster and Marvin.
YET … she is not even identified on the Bill !! ??

Why bother?

The Professionals Black and White

The Professionals – The original image

Here’s another:

The Professionals Marketing 2

The Professionals

Again, we have actors Billed (Lancaster, Palance, Bellamy) – but not pictured.
And actors pictured (Cardinale, Strode), but not Billed.

I know it’s hot out there in the desert, but …

How hot is it? Check this:

The Professionals Marketing Claudia

The Professionals

Whew … it’s sweaty out here in the desert.
Who are those slobs in the background?
(Foreign marketers had no problem showing where their interest lies.)

The Professionals / 1966 cont’d …

18 Jun

The Professionals …

The Professionals / Laurel Award

The Professionals / Laurel Award

The Professionals Banner

Three 1966 Academy Award Nominations:

Best Director: Richard Brooks

Best Adapted Screenplay: Richard Brooks

Best Cinematography: Conrad Hall

The film won two Motion Picture Magazine Laurel Awards in 1967, for Best Action Drama and Best Action Performance for Lee Marvin.
In Germany, it was one of only four movies to receive a Golden Screen award (the others were Doctor ZhivagoMerveilleuse Angélique and You Only Live Twice) in 1967.

The Professionals Banner

The Professionals Lee Marvin

The Professionals / Lee Marvin

The Professionals … 1966

18 Jun

“Maybe there’s only one revolution, since the beginning, the good guys against the bad guys. Question is, who are the good guys?”
- Burt Lancaster / The Professionals 

The Professionals … 

Truly.

Lee Marvin moves into full blown stardom – becoming a legitimate box office titan – in one of the greatest Westerns ever made (My Favorite) starring along side Western Film Greats Burt Lancaster, Jack Palance, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Claudia Cardinale, Ralph Belamy … What a cast!

Following Cat Ballou (Oscar) this is one of 4 Westerns remaining in Marvin’s Western filmography: Monte Walsh / 1970 (with Jack Palance); Paint Your Wagon / 1969 (with Clint Eastwood); Emperor of the North / 1973 (with Charles Bronson).

A true Western Star.

The Professionals posters

The Professionals posters

More Favorites …

4 Jan

My list of Favorites is pretty long. No problem there -
‘cept gettin’ sumpthin’ dun on them.

Sooo wilst I’m trying to figure what to do next, here are a few more of My Favorites:

The Mask of Zorro

ZORRO POSTER

I know wut yer thinkin': HEY! is that a Western?

Yep. I don’t have a swashbuckler blog.

 Catherine Zeta Jones

Catherine Zeta Jones

Anyway … it’s got Catherine Zeta Jones

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Hidalgo

Hidalgo

Hidalgo

I know wut yer thinkin': HEY! is that a Western?

Yep. It’s got a cowboy … and a horse.

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The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker

I know wut yer thinkin': HEY! is that a Western?

Yep.  There’s a horse in there … somewhere.

Anyway … it’s got Katherine Hepburn. And Lancaster.

What was the question?

Vera Cruz … Robert Aldrich / Director

23 Dec

“A director is a ringmaster, a psychiatrist and a referee.”

Robert Aldrich - Director

Robert Aldrich – Director

Robert Aldrich

Director / Writer / Producer

“The power is for the director to do what he wants to do. To achieve that he needs his own cutter, he needs his cameraman, he needs his own assistant and a strong voice in his choice of writer; a very, very strong voice on who’s the actor. He needs the power not to be interfered with and the power to make the movie as he sees it.”

Partial Filmography:

The Flight of the Phoenix / The Choirboys / The Frisco Kid  / Too Late the Hero / Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte / What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?  / Twilight’s Last Gleaming / Emperor of the North  / The Angry Hills  / The Dirty Dozen / Ulzana’s Raid  / The Longest Yard / Apache / The Big Knife  / Ten Seconds to Hell  / 4 for Texas  / The Killing of Sister George / Hustle

Aldrich Directed 5 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Victor Buono, Bette Davis, Agnes Moorehead, Ian Bannen and John Cassavetes.

Aldrich Directed 3 Westerns starring Burt Lancaster: Ulzana’s Raid, Apache, and Vera Cruz.

Awards

President of the Directors Guild of America (DGA). [1975-1979]

Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1959

Berlin International Film Festival
1956 Won Silver Berlin Bear – Best Director for: Autumn Leaves (1956).

Cannes Film Festival
1963 Nominated Palme d’Or for: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).

Directors Guild of America, USA 
Nominated DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for: The Dirty Dozen (1967).
1963 Nominated DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).

Hochi Film Awards
1982 Won Hochi Film Award Best Foreign Language Film for: …All the Marbles (1981).

Laurel Awards
1970 Nominated Golden Laurel Producer-Director 10th place.
1968 Nominated Golden Laurel Producer-Director 4th place.
1967 Nominated Golden Laurel Producer-Director 6th place.
1965 Nominated Golden Laurel Producer-Director 6th place.

Venice Film Festival
1956 Won Pasinetti Award for: Attack (1956)
Nominated Golden Lion for: Attack (1956).
1955 Won Silver Lion for: The Big Knife (1955).
Nominated Golden Lion for: The Big Knife (1955).

“The struggle for self-determination, the struggle for what a character wants his life to be . . . I look for characters who feel strongly enough about something not to be concerned with the prevailing odds, but to struggle against those odds.”
- Robert Aldrich

Vera Cruz … Sarita Montiel / Diva Supremo

27 Nov

Excerpt from Internet Movie Database:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0600060/bio

“It is quite impossible to cover here all the awards Sara Montiel has won in her long successful career but we must mention the “Premio del Sindicato” (at that time Spain’s equivalent of the Oscar) for best actress, won two years in a row for her performances in “El Último Cuplé” and “La Violetera”. In 1972 she was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Los Angeles by Mayor Sam Yorty and was given the gold key to the city. Similarly she has been awarded the gold keys of New York, Miami and Chicago. In 1981 she received Israel’s most prestigious honor, the Ben Guiron Award and in 1983 she was awarded France’s Legion of Honor medal, after a retrospective of her career ran at the Autumn Film Festival in Paris. In 1986 “Nosotros”, a Hollywood-based Hispanic actors advocacy organization founded by Ricardo Montalban, gave her its Golden Eagle Award for life achievement. The trophy was presented to Sarita by her “Vera Cruz” costar-producer Burt Lancaster in an emotional reunion that triggered a standing ovation from all their Hollywood peers witnessing the event. In 1997 she was awarded the “Gold Medal“, also a life achievement recognition, given–rarely–by Spain’s Academy of Arts and Sciences. The two-hour ceremony was beamed live by national television. In 2008 Sara returned to her hometown to unveil a sculpture with her image at the new Sara Montiel Park. A nearby avenue was also named after her and there was at the same time a dedication ceremony of her newly renovated museum, located inside a 16th-century windmill. In addition, the government placed a commemorative plaque on the house where she was born.”

Not counting compilatons or singles, Montiel has also enjoyed a very successful recording career with approximately 30 albums to her credit.
http://infomontiel.tripod.com/id17.htm

Vera Cruz – Burt, Coop, Sarita

Vera Cruz – Sarita Montiel 1

Vera Cruz – Sarita Montiel 2

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Vera Cruz – Sarita Montiel 5

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Vera Cruz … Cesar Romero … Cast Updates

17 Nov

I’m posting updates to my Vera Cruz page – slowly – as able. Right now I’m working on the wonderful Cast. Bios for Lancaster and Cooper are in MFW Cowboy Hall of Fame … and everybody else’s too. Below is the wonderful Cesar Romero … Onward !

Vera Cruz – Cesar Romero

Romero’s acting credits are so extensive I have refrained from listing them here. However, I’ll investigate his list of Westerns and post those later. Romero could indeed act, but unfortunately found himself ‘typecast’ – usually played the debonair mustachioed Spanish / Mexican / Latino even though he was an American by birth. Playing as the Joker in the TV Batman series must surely have been a ‘breathe of fresh air’ for him and he surely tackled that role with joyful enthusiasm and his usual consummate professionalism. His screen charisma is undeniable and his famous grin (“old crocodile teeth” as Lancaster referred to him) is equal to Lancaster’s. Hail Cesar !

Cesar Julio Romero, Jr.

(February 15, 1907 – January 1, 1994)

Wikipedia: an American film and television actor who was active in film, radio, and television for almost sixty years. His wide range of screen roles included Latin lovers, historical figures in costume dramas, characters in light domestic comedies, and as the Joker in the Batman TV series.

In October 1942, he voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served in the Pacific Theater. He reported aboard the Coast Guard-manned assault transport USS Cavalier in November, 1943. According to a press release from the period he saw action during the invasions of Tinian and Saipan. The same article mentioned that he preferred to be a regular part of the crew and was eventually promoted to the rate of Chief Boatswain’s Mate.

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