One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

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    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

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    London- England

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().

  • 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

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    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().

  • 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. :)

  • 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.