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(1964)

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Angie Dickinson recalled that Ronald Reagan, a conservative Republican, refrained from discussing politics during filming since President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated and the other members of the cast were Democrats.
Ronald Reagan's last acting role before entering politics.
Originally a made-for-TV movie (it would have been the very first), but because of the intensity of the violence, it was released theatrically instead.
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during filming, which caused a delay in the production.
NBC made a deal with MCA Inc., to produce a series entitled "Project 120", a series of two-hour features made especially for TV. The first one would be "Johnny North", aka "The Killers", but due to the violence and sexual content the title was changed and released in movie theaters.
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Despite having a score composed by John Williams, the film's opening and end title music were lifted excerpts from Touch of Evil (1958) which was scored by Henry Mancini.
The only movie in which Ronald Reagan plays a bad guy. He reportedly hated doing it.
According to Don Siegel, it was the policy at Universal at the time to shoot the last scene of the film first. On that first day of filming, according to Siegel and Clu Gulager, Lee Marvin arrived late and had been drinking, but because he had no dialogue, the scenes were used as shot.
Virginia Christine, who plays the blind secretary at the Sage Home for the Blind, was also in the 1946 original version of the same movie, The Killers (1946).
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Among other actors considered for Lee Marvin's role were Steven Hill, Neville Brand, 'Carroll O'Connor (I)', David Brian, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Ralph Meeker and Barry Sullivan.
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Don Siegel wrote his own script for the film, which he eventually handed over to Gene L. Coon to use as his own final script.
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According to Don Siegel in his biography, Ronald Reagan first refused the role of Browning because he was afraid that playing a bad character would interfere with his image, as an actor or maybe a politician. But Reagan eventually accepted the role after having lunch with Siegel over a salad.
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When the news about assassination of President Kennedy was heard at the radio by the crew, the steam room sequence was shot. Then, Angie Dickinson cried hysterically and fainted on the floor. Don Siegel says in his memoirs that he had the most difficulties to help her.
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There's a scene in which the camera pans a view of the city and shows a building with a vertical marquee that reads 'BARNETT'S' from top to bottom. In the 1946 version of "The Killers", the role of ex-con Charleston was played by character actor Vince Barnett.
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The race car used by the character, Johnny North, was a 1963 Shelby AC Cobra.
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French visa # 29502.
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Finnish censorship certificate # 69710 delivered on 29-3-1968.
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Don Siegel: a cook at a diner
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