One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

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    • One-Eyed Jacks (1961)



      Photo with the courtesy of Paula

      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Running from the law after a bank robbery in Mexico,
      Dad Longworth finds an opportunity to take the stolen gold and leave his partner Rio to be captured.
      Years later, Rio escapes from the prison where he has been since,
      and hunts down Dad for revenge. Dad is now a respectable sheriff in California,
      and has been living in fear of Rio's return.
      Written by Ken Yousten

      Full Cast
      Marlon Brando ... Rio
      Karl Malden ... Sheriff Dad Longworth
      Katy Jurado ... Maria Longworth
      Ben Johnson ... Bob Amory
      Slim Pickens ... Deputy Lon Dedrick
      Larry Duran ... Chico Modesto
      Sam Gilman ... Harvey Johnson
      Timothy Carey ... Howard Tetley
      Miriam Colon ... Redhead
      Elisha Cook Jr. ... Carvey (as Elisha Cook)
      Rodolfo Acosta ... Mexican Rurale Captain (as Rudolph Acosta)
      Joan Petrone ... Flower Girl
      Tom Webb ... Farmer's Son
      Ray Teal ... Barney
      John Dierkes ... Chet
      Philip Ahn ... Uncle
      Margarita Cordova ... Nika Flamenco Dancer
      Hank Worden ... Doc
      Clem Harvey ... Tim
      William Forrest ... Banker
      Mina Martinez ... Margarita
      Pina Pellicer ... Louisa
      Nesdon Booth ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Sheryl Deauville ... Marina (uncredited)
      Joe Dominguez ... Corral Keeper (uncredited)
      Mickey Finn ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
      Nacho Galindo ... Mexican Townsman (uncredited)
      Augie Gomez ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Al Haskell ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Fenton Jones ... Square-Dance Caller (uncredited)
      Margarita Martín ... Mexican Vendor (uncredited)
      Jorge Moreno ... Bouncer in Shack (uncredited)
      'Snub' Pollard ... Townsman (uncredited)
      John Michael Quijada ... Mexican Rurale Sergeant (uncredited)
      Francy Scott ... Cantina Girl (uncredited)
      Shichizo Takeda ... Owner of Cantina at Beach (uncredited)
      Felipe Turich ... Cardsharp (uncredited)
      Glen Walters ... Townswoman (uncredited)
      Henry Wills ... Ephraim - Stableman (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Guy Trosper (screenplay) and
      Calder Willingham (screenplay)
      Charles Neider (novel "The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones")

      Original Music
      Hugo Friedhofer

      Charles Lang

      Marlon Brando replaced Stanley Kubrick as director.

      Paramount's last release in VistaVision.

      After buying the rights to the novel, producer Frank P. Rosenberg worked on the first draft of the script together with Rod Serling. Sam Peckinpah was then hired to rewrite it. A complex deal was then made where money earlier spent attempting to develop Louis L'Amour's novel "To Tame a Land" into a film was allocated for accounting purposes to this film, and Stanley Kubrick was hired as director. Kubrick fired Peckinpah and brought in Calder Willingham for more rewriting, but later Rosenberg fired him and hired Guy Trosper instead.

      Marlon Brando's inexperience behind the camera was obvious on set. He shot six times the amount of footage normally used for a film at the time. He was indecisive and ran extremely overlong in getting the film finished. Paramount eventually took the film away from him and recut it.

      Marlon Brando's first cut of the film was allegedly five hours long. He was reportedly unhappy with the final product, despite its box-office success. "Now, it's a good picture for them [Paramount]," he said upon its release, "but it's not the picture I made . . . now the characters in the film are black-and-white, not gray-and-human as I planned them."

      The character of Rio originally was based on Billy the Kid, as recounted in Charles Neider's novel "The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones." Sam Peckinpah, who wrote an early version of the script and who later went on to direct Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, said in a 1973 "Playboy" magazine interview that Marlon Brando would not play a villain, and Billy the Kid most definitely was a villain. Peckinpah's 1973 film shares some narrative elements with this film and it also featured "Jacks" co-stars Slim Pickens and Katy Jurado.

      Stanley Kubrick, who originally was slated to direct the film, wanted Spencer Tracy to play Sheriff Dad Longworth. Marlon Brando, whose production company already had Karl Malden on salary, refused to replace him with Tracy.

      Marlon Brando would sit near the ocean for hours waiting for the waves to become more dramatic for his perfect shots.

      Marlon Brando's original cut of the movie was over five hours long.

      The character of Louisa, played by Pina Pellicer, was shot in the back and killed by a stray bullet fired at Rio by the dying Sheriff Dad Longworth in Marlon Brando's original cut of the film. Paramount substituted a different, upbeat ending that appears in the film.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Big Sur, California, USA
      California, USA
      Coast, California, USA
      Cypress Point, Pebble Beach, California, USA
      Death Valley National Park, California, USA
      Monterey Peninsula, California, USA
      Pebble Beach, California, USA
      Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California, USA
      Seventeen Mile Drive, California, USA
      Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA

      Watch the Trailer

      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

      One-Eyed Jacks, a 1961 Western, is the only film directed by actor Marlon Brando.
      The picture was originally planned to be directed by Stanley Kubrick
      from a screenplay by Sam Peckinpah but studio disputes led to their replacement by Brando and Guy Trosper.
      Brando played the lead character, Rio.
      The supporting cast features Karl Malden, Slim Pickens, Katy Jurado and Ben Johnson

      Apart from Ben Johnson of course,
      a couple more of Duke's 'Pals' to look out for,
      Slim Pickens, Hank Worden, Henry Wills

      User Review
      Marlon Brando's only directional effort is a masterpiece and one of the best and ORIGINAL westerns
      29 December 2004 | by ed56 (Israel)

      Originally a project for Stanley Kubrick and then went into the hands of Brando,
      this is not your everyday Cowboy yarn. It's very surprising that the direction
      so well crafted and flawless for a first time director.
      The film is a kind of "Old friends turns true enemies" (obvious that this film was
      the inspiration for Sam Peckinpah western "Pat Garret and Billy the kid"
      but Brando's is much much better.) with Brando as the Betrayed Rio and Karl Malden in his most nasty.
      Also film features the lovely actress Pina Pellicer as Brando love interest.
      The scenery is a real eye candy and the score is wonderful.
      It's unacceptable that such a classic known by so few people these days.
      Watch this underrated classic - you won't be disappointed. I rate this a 10/10.Recommended
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

      My friend Toby Roan who writes the great 50 Westerns from the '50s blog is working on a much-anticipated book, A Million Feet of Film, about One-Eyed Jacks. He also has a Tumblr page and a Facebook page about the movie and his book.


      There are a lot of changes between the script and the finished film. Ben Johnson's character, the villainous Bob Amory, is shot and presumably killed while robbing a bank, but in the script, Bob is merely wounded, and the townspeople gather and string him up by his boots. They actually filmed this scene -- you can see a picture of poor Ben Johnson hanging upside down in an article about the movie in Life magazine. The text says he hung there so long he nearly passed out.

      And now the photos in my One-Eyed Jacks collection.

      Er... I think this is just about the hottest photo ever of Ben. :)

      This is a new print I had made from a vintage press slide.

      Alas, this one I do not have as a physical photo. Toby found it on a French website. I would happily spend more than the usual amount I budget for purchasing photos to get this one. :)
    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

      Here's that Life Magazine article.

      This is the letters section from the next issue of Life, with a letter about Ben and another letter about Brando's stand-in.

    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

      Paula, I was hoping you'd post on this one,
      as I knew of the Ben Johnson connection.
      Many thanks for the information and
      for the Brando magazine post
      Best Wishes
      London- England