Alvarez Kelly (1966)

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    Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas

    Information from IMDb

    Plot Summary
    Suave Mexican cattleman Alvarez Kelly has little interest in the Civil War except to make some money.
    But after a long drive to deliver cattle to the Unionists he finds himself kidnapped by
    Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter. With his hungry troops surrounded in Richmond
    the Colonel intends, one way or the other, to persuade Kelly to help steal the herd
    and move it into town.
    Written by Jeremy Perkins

    Full Cast
    William Holden ... Alvarez Kelly
    Richard Widmark ... Col. Tom Rossiter
    Janice Rule ... Liz Pickering
    Patrick O'Neal ... Major Albert Stedman
    Victoria Shaw ... Charity Warwick
    Roger C. Carmel ... Capt. Angus Ferguson
    Richard Rust ... Sergeant Hatcher
    Arthur Franz ... Capt. Towers
    Don 'Red' Barry ... Lt. Farrow (as Donald Barry)
    Duke Hobbie ... John Beaurider
    Harry Carey Jr. ... Cpl. Peterson
    Howard Caine ... McIntyre
    Mauritz Hugo ... Ely Harrison
    Barry Atwater ... General Kautz (as G.B. Atwater)
    Robert Morgan ... Capt. Williams
    Paul Lukather ... Capt. Webster
    Stephanie Hill ... Mary Ann
    Indus Arthur ... Melinda
    Clint Ritchie ... Union Lt.
    Ivan Browning ... Waiter (uncredited)
    Pepe Callahan ... Pancho (uncredited)
    Arlene Charles ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
    Roberto Contreras ... Sanchez (uncredited)
    Scatman Crothers ... Bellhop (uncredited)
    Boone Dugas ... Extra (uncredited)
    Barbara Eaton ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
    Jacqueline Fontaine ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
    Anthony Ghazlo Sr. ... Waiter (uncredited)
    Peter Goff ... Union Sentry (uncredited)
    Sonya Harrison ... Ellie (uncredited)
    Patrick Hawley ... Confederate Officer (uncredited)
    Bill Holliday ... Union Lt. Cox (uncredited)
    Jerry Leggio ... Telegrapher (uncredited)
    Walter Maslow ... Confederate Officer (uncredited)
    John McKee ... Finley (uncredited)
    Mantan Moreland ... Bartender (uncredited)
    Sally Nichols ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
    Joyce Perry ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
    Pedro Regas ... Mexican Manservant (uncredited)
    Sherry Staiger ... Geraldine - the Madame (uncredited)
    Frank Sully ... Prisoner (uncredited)
    Hal Taggart ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
    Jan Watson ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
    Guy Wilkerson ... Jailer (uncredited)
    James Wood ... Union Officer (uncredited)
    Grant Woods ... Captain Freeman (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Franklin Coen (written by)
    Elliott Arnold uncredited
    Daniel Taradash uncredited

    Original Music
    Johnny Green

    Joseph MacDonald

    70mm version released in Spain.

    William Holden and Richard Widmark became good friends during the production of the film
    When Widmark became ill with the flu and was confined to his room
    Holden bought him a snare drum because he knew Widmark played the drums.
    Widmark later remarked,
    "That four months of being constantly together on a film location was the equivalent of
    ten or fifteen years of friendship."

    Both William Holden and director Edward Dmytryk were concerned about the script of the film
    before production even began.
    At one point during filming, Holden, who was hung-over and dealing with an unruly horse,
    became angry and tried shoving the script up the horse's rear, yelling,
    "That's where it belongs!"

    Production was shut down for six months when William Holden contracted salmonella,
    and the film had to be finished in Hollywood.

    While dining in Baton Rouge, William Holden and Richard Widmark ran into Steve McQueen,
    who was filming Nevada Smith in the same area. McQueen and Holden
    wound up drinking together the rest of the evening.

    This was based upon the actual "Beefsteak Raid" of September 14-16, 1864.

    Factual errors
    The artillery pieces used are standard cannons (smoothbore guns) and not howitzers.
    Howitzers have short barrels, and are angled upwards like a modern mortar.

    Revealing mistakes
    Despite the firepower of the Union Cavalry at the bridge, not one steer is seen to fall down dead or wounded.
    There are fallen cattle seen after the herd has crossed the bridge,
    but these are obviously live cattle with their legs tied, as can be seen when they struggle to stand up.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
    Clinton, Louisiana, USA

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    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Alvarez Kelly is a 1966 war film set in the American Civil War
    starring William Holden and Richard Widmark.
    The film was based on the real-life Beefsteak Raid of September 1864 led by
    Confederate Major General Wade Hampton III.

    User Review

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Never took a shine to this one. Part of the problem may be that it is another Holden film in which a bridge is blown up and the last cattle stampede is boring. It even has the same shot of Holden chivying the cattle at least three times, as shown in Larry's photo above.

    We deal in lead, friend.