Posts from Gorch in thread „Rio Bravo (1959)“

    Rick Nelson was weak in this role. Too bad they didn't use Steve McQueen as Colorado. On the other hand I wouldn't want to hear Steve sing with Dean Martin under any circumstances.



    We deal in lead, friend.

    Bud Boetticher reported that on the set of Rio Bravo, Wayne was doing a scene in a saloon with Claude Akins who said his line "So what are you gonna do now?". Wayne answered without missing a beat "Well, the first thing I'm gonna do is change the tone of my voice if all of you a--holes are going to talk like me". Apparently, the other actors were emulating Duke without knowing so.



    We deal in lead, friend.

    I always felt that Hawks made a bad decision in the opening sequences. The way it exists, the theme and titles play on Wheeler's wagon train moving through the desert. Then the film continues with the nighttime silent sequence culminating in Chance bashing in Burdett's head. Cut to the daytime funeral of Bing Russell, Dude in the street and Wheeler arriving.
    It makes more sense to me to open with the silent sequence, then cutting to the titles and Wheeler's arrival in town. It flows better that way but I think Hawks was too leery of beginning the film in such an unorthodox manner.



    We deal in lead, friend.