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Because of new union laws, producers were forced to use regular screen extras without stunt experience. In the opening days of shooting 80 were injured and 3 were killed. The filming of the "Last Stand" sequence from this movie involved some 200 horsemen charging around in pretend battle and was so dangerous that one day during filming Anthony Quinn, who played Crazy Horse, arranged as a gag for a hearse to show up at the filming location.
To fill the background with "Indians", hundreds of Filipino extras were filmed while the 16 Sioux were used for the close-ups.
Jim Thorpe, who was an extra, had an off camera fight with Errol Flynn. With one punch Thorpe knocked out Flynn, who was in his Custer uniform.
According to "The Guinness Book of Movie Facts and Feats", three men were killed during the cavalry charge scene. Bill Mead's horse tripped while riding alongside Errol Flynn. As he was going down, the stuntman had the presence of mind to throw his sword forward to avoid it, but bad luck caused the hilt to get stuck in the ground and Mead fell on it, impaling himself.
Louis Zamperini, Olympic athlete and subject of Unbroken (2014), was an extra in this film just before being drafted into the United States Armed Forces during World War II.
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This was the eighth and final film pairing of Errol Flynn with Olivia de Havilland. The last scene they filmed together was their final scene together in the movie.
Because of a shortage of native Americans in Hollywood, Warner Bros. imported 16 Sioux from the Dakotas.
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Untrained rider George Murphy was killed when he fell from his horse while drunk.
The highest regular Army rank attained by Winfield Scott was actually Major General. Lieutenant General was a brevet (temporary) rank. The first regular Lieutenant General would be Ulysses S. Grant, promoted to the rank in March of 1864. Gem/ Scott was also one of three veterans of the War of 1812 who was still listed on the rolls of the regular Army at the start of the Civil War.
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In the montage of battle scenes that show the 7th Cavalry taming the frontier when they operated out of Fort Abraham Lincoln are several shots of them that will be repeated during the Little Big Horn battle.
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The movie never mentions George A. Custer's younger brothers Tom and Boston, and their sister's son Henry Reed, who were all killed at the Little Bighorn Battle.
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The final scene Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland filmed was NOT their final scene in the film. According to the daily production notes in the Warner Bros. Archives it was their kissing scene on the Bacon veranda.
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Stuntman Jack Budlong died after falling from his horse onto his sword.
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Elizabeth "Libby" Bacon Custer lived until 1933, only eight years before this movie came out.
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Joan Fontaine turned down the role of Libby. Priscilla Lane, Elisabeth Fraser and Nancy Coleman were all tested for the part.
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Writer Lenore J. Coffee was hired to strengthen the romantic scenes between Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.
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Michael Curtiz was the studio's original choice to direct.
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Film debut of Patrick McVey.
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Hollywood legend has it that director Raoul Walsh had an inspired choice to play Sitting Bull....Buster Keaton. He approached Jack Warner with the idea and Warner replied " Custer beaten by Buster Keaton?", and that was the end of that!
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