THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL
DIRECTED BY PRODUCED BY JOHN STURGES
MUSIC BY ELMER BERNSTEIN
INFORMATION FROM IMDb
A wagon train heads for Denver with a cargo of whisky for the miners.
Chaos ensues as the Temperance League, the US cavalry,
the miners and the local Indians all try to take control of the valuable cargo.
Written by Steve Crook
Burt Lancaster ... Col. Thaddeus Gearhart
Lee Remick ... Cora Templeton Massingale
Jim Hutton ... Capt. Paul Slater
Pamela Tiffin ... Louise Gearhart
Donald Pleasence ... 'Oracle' Jones
Brian Keith ... Frank Wallingham
Martin Landau ... Chief Walks-Stooped-Over
John Anderson ... Sgt. Buell
Tom Stern ... Kevin O'Flaherty
Robert J. Wilke ... Chief Five Barrels
Dub Taylor ... Clayton Howell
Whit Bissell ... Hobbs
Helen Kleeb ... Henrietta
Val Avery ... Denver bartender
Noam Pitlik ... Interpreter
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Simpson - Miner (as Billy Benedict)
Hope Summers ... Mrs. Hasselrad (as Hope Sommers)
Ted Markland ... Bandmaster
Larry Duran ... Brother-in-law #1
Jerry Gatlin ... Brother-in-law #2
Marshall Reed ... Lt. Carter
Jim Burk ... Elks-Runner (as James Burk)
John McKee ... Rafe Pike
Bing Russell ... Horner - Miner
Buff Brady ... Bilkins - Miner
Carl Pitti ... Phillips
and many more..
William Gulick ... (novel) (as Bill Gulick)
John Gay ... (screenplay
Robert E. Relyea ... associate producer
John Sturges ... producer
Stuntman Bill Williams was killed performing a stunt with a colleague during this shoot.
The stunt called for Williams and another stuntman to guide a horse-drawn wagon toward a cliff.
As the horses separated, both men were supposed to jump clear as the wagon
continued over the cliff.
Williams didn't manage to jump clear in time and died during the fall.
Burt Lancaster was forced by United Artists to make four films
for $150,000 a picture in the 1960s: The Young Savages (1961),
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), The Train (1964) and The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
rather than his normal fee of $750,000, because of cost overruns at his production company,
Hecht-Hill-Lancaster, for which he was personally responsible.
During location shooting in New Mexico the crew was confronted
with the heaviest rainfalls in that region in 50 years.
It washed away the tents as well as the set and props.
According to screenwriter John Gay,
Doris Day was interested in the role that ultimately went to Lee Remick.
During the scene when the Col. Gearheart is drinking Sgt.
Buell at the end of the Temperance meeting the supposed oil lamp
has a electric cord running from it.
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Rifles issued to Indians in the year 1867 are Winchester 1894 models,
which were obviously not available until 1894.
The acetylene miners' lamps worn throughout the film would
not be introduced for another 30 years.
Col Gearhart threatens to send the army band to Alaska,
but Alaska was only purchased from Russia in March of the year the film is set (1867).
It is unlikely that Alaska would have been an option for a posting quite so quickly.
While the Indians are holding the women hostage and demanding 20 wagons for their release,
a trooper calculates it at 3 7/8th women per wagon,making the number of women 77 1/2!
Late the Colonel states the number to be 27, a number not disputed by the leader of the women.
During the close up of 'Oracle' Jones squatting during the dust storm,
his horse is behind him.
When they pull back to show the various groups ride by his horse cannot be seen.
When the townspeople and miners first meet with Oracle Jones,
the cork of the whiskey bottle appears and disappears atop
the table where Jones is playing solitaire.
When Col. Gearhart comes back to his shave after confronting Cora
in her bath the trooper acting as barber puts shaving soap in selected spots on his face.
When they go to a full face shot of the Col.
his chin is fully lathered and then the lather is only in selected spots
again as they cut back to the side view.
When Cora Massingale is in her bath 3 rapid cuts
show her with her arms outside the bath, then inside, then outside again.
Crew or equipment visible
The Indian horses obviously have saddles under their horse blankets.
Errors in geography
The locations are supposedly Denver and points east.
The terrain should include the front range of the rockies, and high prairie.
Instead, arid rugged red rock terrain more typical of Utah is shown.
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