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(1966)

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The character Nevada Smith was supposed to be sixteen. He was played by 35-year-old Steve McQueen.
Suzanne Pleshette once said in an interview that her love scenes with Steve McQueen in this movie were horribly awkward for both of them as they had enjoyed a completely platonic friendship since she first came to Hollywood and he had very much taken on the role of big brother to her.
In the scene in the cattle pens when Max (Steve McQueen) fights Jessie Coe (Martin Landau), Max crouches behind a fence and opens the gate to let the cattle out. Some cattle come out the gate while others knock down the fence, and Max must dodge the flailing legs and hooves of the stampeding cattle. The knocking down of the fence was accidental, and McQueen was very nearly trampled for real. Shots of Max rolling clear of the hooves were added when it was decided to use the accidental footage.
Loni Anderson, best known for her role as the buxom blonde secretary "Jennifer Marlowe" on the long-running TV series WKRP in Cincinnati (1978), can be seen in a bit part as a brunette. She's one of the dance hall girls who greets the cowboys upstairs at the hotel while they're cleaning up for a night on the town. She asks one of them, "What's your name? Walter? Hello, Walter."
The name "Nevada Smith" was the original inspiration for the name "Indiana Jones"; the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) character's name was originally "Indiana Smith". George Lucas named him "Indiana" after his dog, and "Smith" after this movie. But then it was changed to "Indiana Jones".
Of the 2,000 performers that auditioned for Lee Strasberg's exclusive theatre school in 1955, Steve McQueen and Martin Landau were the only ones who were accepted.
The role of Nevada Smith was originally created by Alan Ladd in The Carpetbaggers (1964). A prequel highlighting the Smith character with Ladd was proposed, but the actor's untimely death at age 50 precluded that. Ironically both actors were only 5'7".
Steve McQueen was only eight years younger than Gene Evans, who played his father.
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While dining in Baton Rouge, Steve McQueen ran into William Holden and Richard Widmark, who were filming Alvarez Kelly (1966) in the same area. McQueen and Holden wound up drinking together the rest of the evening.
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The cast and crew suffered from harsh filming conditions.
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The scene of the cattle being driven through the Railroad Yard in Abilene was taken at the "Laws Railroad Museum" near Bishop,Ca. You can see the Sierra Mountain Range to the west in this scene.
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Brian Keith's character is Jonas Cord, who is the same character played by Leif Erickson in The Carpetbaggers (1964).
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The irony of misspelled buckboard sign written McCandles instead of McCanles. The actor John Doucette who plays Uncle Ben McCanles, plays the Sheriff in Big Jake (1971) with John Wayne. John Wayne's character name was Jacob McCandles.
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Finnish visa # 74445 delivered on 23-8-1966.
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Clint Walker was announced for a part in late 1964.
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