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Richard Widmark and James Stewart both wore hairpieces, and they both had hearing problems. At one point during filming John Ford shouted, "Great, so this is what my career has come to - directing two deaf hairpieces!".
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According to Peter Bogdanovich in "Pieces of Time" Richard Widmark stated he had more fun on this film than any other. "I'm a little deaf in this ear . . . and [John Ford]'s a little deaf in the other, and [James Stewart's hard of hearing in both! . . . So all through the picture, all three of us were goin', "What? What? What?"
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This was the last film in which James Stewart wore his familiar cowboy hat. Up to this point he had worn it in all his westerns since Winchester '73 (1950), except Broken Arrow (1950). This was Stewart's first film with John Ford and Ford didn't want him to wear it, as he thought it was the worst looking cowboy hat he had ever seen. As Stewart said in the documentary, A Wonderful Life (1989), Ford relented but got back at Stewart in their next western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), when he didn't let Stewart wear a hat at all.
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Richard Widmark was initially reluctant to make the film, since he felt he was 15 years too old for the young lieutenant he played.
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The dialog in the scene where James Stewart and Richard Widmark sit by the river was largely improvised.
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John Ford closed down production on the movie for a week after Ward Bond died on 5 November 1960, so he could help organize Bond's funeral service.
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John Ford later admitted he had only made the film for the money, and felt it was "still crap" even after he had brought in his favorite script writer Frank Nugent to rewrite it.
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The movie's critical and commercial failure was largely blamed on the miscasting of the two leads, since James Stewart, at 52, and Richard Widmark, at 45, were both much older than their characters.
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Final film of Edward Brophy, who died during production.
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The film was widely regarded as a generally light-hearted variation on an earlier John Ford western, The Searchers (1956).
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James Stewart later admitted he was disappointed that his character's dark side wasn't explored further in the movie.
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Henry Brandon, who plays real-life Comanche Chief Quanah Parker, also played a Comanche chief, Cicatriz ("Scar") in director John Ford's western The Searchers (1956).
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