YAKIMA CANUTT 6

Western Stunting 101:
Elementary Western Stunt Horsemanship
and Weapon Handling Cont ...

STAGECOACH opening scenes

Stunt 2:

Alright ... your next Stunt is another location shot. It's pretty simple - no riding or shooting involved.
I just need you to climb out of the speeding stagecoach and get on it's roof ... nothin' to it.
What? You want a safety harness!!??? Wellll ... we don't have any of those ... how about an extra five bucks?

Good ... here we go ...

STAGECOACH Stunt 2

Action !! ... Open the door ... out you go !

STAGECOACH Stunt 2.1

Hold 'er steady boys !!!

STAGECOACH roof stunt

Just climb up there ... !!

STAGECOACH Stunt 2.3

Hey! Not bad! - Didn't fall or anything.
We might make a Stuntman outta you yet. 

Here's your 15 bucks.

Next:

Stunt 3:
Western Stunt Gun Handling

Stunt 3 is mostly a series of 'close up' shots - so to speak - done in the studio.

You're playing Andy Devine's role - stagecoach driver. You'll only have to pretend to handle the reins - but there's no horses on the set. Just try to look like you know what you're doing; Handling a real team of horses would be Advanced Western Stunt Horsemanship ...

STAGECOACH Andy Devine

Here's an interesting  anecdote from Stagecoach (IMDB): "(Director) John Ford liked to bully actors on the set, and this was no exception. At one point he said to Andy Devine, "You big tub of lard. I don't know why the hell I'm using you in this picture." Undaunted, Devine replied, "Because Ward Bond can't drive six horses." Point taken.

Because Andy Devine usually played a 'comic relief'' role in Westerns, his skills as a Western Actor are massively under-appreciated. He was a really a very accomplished gun handler and rider. And obviously could do other things - like drive a rig.

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Now for Stunt 3 ... this scene will clearly demonstrate some of the dangers of Western Gun Handling / Firearms.

After you (Yakima Canutt) climb up on the roof of the stagecoach the shooting starts in earnest ...

STAGECOACH John

John Wayne starts firing ...

STAGECOACH John 2

STAGECOACH John 3

... and gets a facefull of smoke ... *cough cough*. 

But he keeps on shootin'...

STAGECOACH everybody shootin'

Marshal Curley Wilcox (George Bancroft) is 'riding shotgun' ... and let's fly ...

STAGECOACH shotgun blast

John gets smoked again ...
Note the huge muzzle flash from the shotgun ... about 3 feet long!
Imagine standing in front of that?!

Doc (Thomas Mitchell) starts shootin' too ...

STAGECOACH Doc shootin'

STAGECOACH Doc shootin' 2

Did you notice Actress Louise Platt covering her ears?
She's not Acting ...

STAGECOACH Doc shootin' 3

That idiot is shooting his pistol about a foot from her face !!!.

STAGECOACH Doc shootin' 4

STAGECOACH Doc shootin' 5

The boys keep blasting away ...

STAGECOACH shotgun blast 2

OK ... time to get you into some action !!

Hold still ... while we blast a shotgun off beside your head ...

STAGECOACH shotgun blast 3

No whining.

Here comes Johnny !

STAGECOACH John shootin'

Ooops, missed ...

STAGECOACH John shootin' 2

Did I detect a Wilhelm?

Good work.
Hello?

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Next: 
Advanced Canutt Stunting ...

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