Nevada Smith (1966)

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    Full Cast
    Steve McQueen ... Nevada Smith
    Karl Malden ... Tom Fitch
    Brian Keith ... Jonas Cord
    Arthur Kennedy ... Bill Bowdre
    Suzanne Pleshette ... Pilar
    Raf Vallone ... Father Zaccardi
    Janet Margolin ... Neesa
    Pat Hingle ... Big Foot
    Howard Da Silva ... Warden
    Martin Landau ... Jesse Coe
    Paul Fix ... Sheriff Bonnell
    Gene Evans ... Sam Sand
    Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Elvira McCanles
    John Doucette ... Uncle Ben McCanles
    Val Avery ... Buck Mason
    Sheldon Allman ... Sheriff
    Lyle Bettger ... Jack Rudabough
    Bert Freed ... Quince
    David McLean ... Romero
    Steve Mitchell ... Buckshot
    Merritt Bohn ... River Boat Pilot
    Sandy Kenyon ... Clerk in Bank
    Ric Roman ... Cipriano
    John Lawrence ... Hogg
    Stanley Adams ... Storekeeper
    George Mitchell ... Paymaster
    John Litel ... Doctor
    Ted de Corsia ... Hudson (Bartender)
    Loni Anderson ... Brunette Saloon Girl (uncredited)
    Jan Arvan ... Dealer (uncredited)
    Carmen Austin ... Cajun Girl (uncredited)
    Baynes Barron ... Tanner / Poker Player (uncredited)
    Isabel Boniface ... Tabinaka (uncredited)
    Paul Bradley ... Saloon Dealer (uncredited)
    Thordis Brandt ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)
    Joe Budd ... Deputy (uncredited)
    Forest Burns ... Guard (uncredited)
    Frank Christi ... Prisoner (uncredited)
    Iron Eyes Cody ... Taka-Ta (uncredited)
    Bud Cokes ... Bartender (uncredited)
    Carol Daniels ... Creole Prostitute (uncredited)
    Walt Davis ... Prisoner (uncredited)
    Jerry Gatlin ... Cowboy (uncredited)
    Chuck Hayward ... Fitch Man (uncredited)
    Robert F. Hoy ... Tanner / Poker Player (uncredited)
    Loren Janes ... Cowboy in Abilene Hotel / Convict in Prison Camp (uncredited)
    Maureen Janzen ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)
    Dal Jenkins ... Cowboy (uncredited)
    L.Q. Jones ... Cowboy (uncredited)
    Dave Kashner ... Prisoner (uncredited)
    Patty Kelly ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)
    Kenner G. Kemp ... Barfly (uncredited)
    Jack Lilley ... Gang Member (uncredited)
    Strother Martin ... Barney (uncredited)
    Joanna Moore ... Angie Coe (uncredited)
    Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Stableman (uncredited)
    Joyce Nizzari ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)
    Francine Pyne ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)
    Mike Ragan ... Customer (uncredited)
    Chuck Roberson ... Deputy (uncredited)
    Victor Romito ... Brother McMath (uncredited)
    Clark Ross ... Townsman (uncredited)
    Jeffrey Sayre ... Roulette Dealer (uncredited)
    Roy N. Sickner ... Harry (uncredited)
    Milan Smith ... Barfly (uncredited)
    Sarita Vara ... Cajun Girl (uncredited)
    Ralph Volkie ... Bartender (uncredited)
    Edy Williams ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)
    Henry Wills ... Fitch Man (uncredited)
    Dick Winslow ... Prisoner (uncredited)
    Chief Yowlachie ... Medicine Man (uncredited)

    Henry Hathaway ... producer
    Joseph E. Levine ... executive producer
    Steve McQueen ... producer (uncredited) Music by
    Alfred Newman

    Writing Credits
    Harold Robbins ... (based on the character in "The Carpetbaggers" created by)
    John Michael Hayes ... (screen story) (screenplay

    Lucien Ballard ... director of photography

    Eli Bo Jack Blackfeather ... )
    May Boss ... stunts (uncredited)
    Gary Combs ... stunts (uncredited)
    Jerry Gatlin ... stunts (uncredited)
    Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
    Robert F. Hoy ... stunts (uncredited)
    Whitey Hughes ... stunts (uncredited)
    Loren Janes ... stunt double: Steve McQueen (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
    Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... stunts (uncredited)
    Chuck Roberson ... stunts (uncredited)
    Victor Romito ... stunts (uncredited)
    Roy N. Sickner ... stunts (uncredited)
    Henry Wills ... stunts (uncredited)

    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."

    When the cowboys are herding cattle at the ranch/rail yard,
    there are several modern box cars in the background.
    They are of steel construction with modern US Department of Transportation identification
    codes that did not exist during the era depicted by this film.

    When Nevada Smith is after Jessie Coe, the music playing in the saloon in the background
    is "Frankie and Johnnie."
    In a previous scene, Bowdre says he hasn't skinned an
    Indian since the war (Civil War) 15 years ago.
    Thus, the date of the story has to be no later than 1880.
    The first published version of the music to "Frankie and Johnny"
    appeared in 1904 (credited to and copyrighted by Hughie Cannon).

    The scene in the swamp where the inmates are hauling logs out of the water
    shows Max on a welded steel barge.
    Welded steel barges weren't constructed until the advent of electric arc welding in the 1930s,
    and didn't appear in general use until World War II.
    The barge should have been a wood-hulled barge instead of welded steel.

    A version of the California state flag, that was not adopted by the state legislature until 1911
    is flying with a US flag in the small gold mining town where Smith is arrested.

    Character error
    Steve McQueen is clearly far too old to be a teenager at the beginning of the movie.

    While Strother Martin's character, "Barney", is taking a bath, he is called "Strother" twice.

    After waking up on the pool table, Smith is standing at the bar with his gun belt on his shoulder.
    In the next shot he has it strapped on.

    After Bowdre's whipping at the prison camp, Max runs into the water to save him from drowning.
    Max turns Bowdre onto his back so his face is up, out of the water;
    in the next shot, which is just a second later,
    Max pulls a face-down Bowdre out of the water by his feet.

    When Keith is teaching McQueen poker and McQueen pulls the gun on him,
    Keith's gun vanishes from his right hand between shots and the whiskey bottle
    changes from his left hand to his right.

    When the 3 bad guys are breaking Max out of jail, there are 3 ropes on the window.
    One rope breaks, but in the next scene there are again 3 ropes.

    Near the beginning of the movie, when Uncle Ben is seen twice with his buckboard,
    his name is painted on the seat back as "McCandles". The end credits spell it "McCanles".

    After waking up on the pool table Smith orders a drink at the bar.
    When the bartender pours the drink Smith puts his hand on the glass.
    In next shot Smith reaches to pick up the glass.

    After Smith wakes up on the pool table, the Sheriff confronts him about leaving town.
    Just before he arrests Smith, shots from behind Smith show his arms at his side
    and shots from the front show his arms spread out with palms showing.

    Crew or equipment visible
    The camera's shadow can be seen as it pans across several head of cattle
    being driven in the scene immediately following the parting of ways between Max and Jonas.

    As the three outlaws ride off after dragging Max down the river,
    they pass close enough to the camera that the horses splash water,
    which slowly drips down, revealing the presence of the lens.

    Errors in geography
    Nevada Smith is working cattle at the railhead in Abilene KS. and during that scene,
    snow capped mountains are visible in the background. There are no mountains in Kansas.

    Factual errors
    Half-Indians are never blond.

    Chuck Roberson, better known as John Wayne's stunt double, appears in this movie
    as a member of the gang.
    When the sheriff confronts Smith in the saloon,
    he is also the deputy in the background holding the shotgun.
    Later, during the gold heist, he is back with the gang.

    Revealing mistakes
    When Max Sand (pretending to be Tom Fitch) gets busted out of prison by Fitch's buddies,
    he climbs out of the busted jail window with his gunbelt on.
    If he was in a jail cell, he wouldn't have had his gunbelt with him.

    When Martin Landau swings the chair at Steve McQueen as he enters the saloon bedroom,
    you can plainly see that a piece of plexiglas is in the door frame to protect McQueen.

    When Smith opens the corral gate to empty the pen to get Coe,
    the gate post he is next to and the broken fence board attached to it
    are revealed to be of lightweight balsa wood breakaway construction.
    What appears to be a heavy solid wood post breaks apart along the laminated seams
    of glued up smaller bright white balsa wood pieces when a steer jumps through it.

    Revealing mistakes
    At the end of the movie when Max Sand/Nevada Smith shoots Tom Fitch
    in both knees as he lays half way in the river, blood flows from somewhere
    upstream toward his legs, not from his legs downstream.

    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.

    The cast and crew suffered from harsh filming conditions.

    Whilst 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.

    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.

    Brian Keith's character is Jonas Cord, who is the same character
    played by Leif Erikson in "The Carpetbaggers."

    The irony of misspelled buckboard sign written McCandles instead of McCanles.
    The actor John Doucette who plays Uncle Ben McCanles,
    plays the Sheriff in the movie,
    Big Jake with John Wayne. John Wayne's character name was Jacob McCandles.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Hot Creek, Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
    (Jonas Cord intro/Neesa and Max bathing scene/climax scene in creek)
    Bishop, California, USA
    Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
    Cerro Gordo, California, USA
    Inyo National Forest - 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop, California, USA
    Krotz Springs, Louisiana, USA (LA. prison scenes)
    Laws Station, Inyo, California, USA
    New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
    Owens Valley, California, USA

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • Nevada Smith is a 1966 American Western film directed by Henry Hathaway
    and starring Steve McQueen.
    The film was made by Embassy Pictures and Solar Productions,
    in association with and released by Paramount Pictures.
    The movie was a prequel to the novel by Harold Robbins, The Carpetbaggers,
    which had been made into a highly successful film two years earlier,
    with Alan Ladd playing McQueen's part as an older man.
    The stories are otherwise unrelated.

    The supporting cast of Nevada Smith includes Karl Malden, Brian Keith,
    Martin Landau, Arthur Kennedy, Suzanne Pleshette, Janet Margolin, Pat Hingle and Paul Fix.

    A few of Duke's 'Pals' appear in this movie,
    apart from Paul Fix as Sheriff Bonnell,
    we also have Chuck Roberson,Strother Martin,
    Chuck Hayward, Jerry Gatlin, Boyd 'Red' Morgan

    User Review

    More Intense Revenge
    15 June 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1 (United States)

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    This was a western with a good cast and another intense, interesting revenge story.
    It's fairly long at 130 minutes but Steve McQueen is usually charismatic enough to carry a film, and he does so here, too.
    As the title character, "Nevada Smith," McQueen is joined by a number of well- known actors of the 1960s: Suzanne Pleshette, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Arthur Kennedy, Raf Vallone, Martin Landau Janet Margolin and Pat Hingle.
    McQueen plays a man who is totally dominated by thoughts of revenge. It motivates his every move. I don't recommend that attitude, but it makes for a good movie.
    It was nice to see this in 2:35:1 widescreen. Even though I owned a new tape, that nice western photography made the DVD purchase worthwhile.

    Best Wishes
    London- England