6/24/16

DUKE LAYS PLIMPTON (OUT, THAT IS): ON THE SET OF 'RIO LOBO'


Above is a ten minute mini-doc shot on the set of "Rio Lobo", the 1970 John Wayne/Howard Hawks collaboration. George 'Paper Tiger' Plimpton seems to have done this for a TV show of some sort, as the focus is on how he's been given a small part in a scene and has to learn to both act like a cowboy and get shot to death.

There's quite a bit of footage of Hawks directing Wayne and Wayne directing other actors, a not uncommon occurrence apparently. Hawks stays cool--he and Wayne had already done four other movies together--and frankly looks a little worn out. This was Hawks last film and by far his least successful reputation-wise, with "Mans Favorite Sport" brining up the rear. The final edited scene is pretty slick and its nice to see the care with which Hawks developed the smallest moments in what might have been an ordinary shoot-out in other hands.

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2 comments:

  1. Raymond Raymond Raymond. Man that was an exciting thing to see.
    Just beautiful my style every body playing cowboys and Indians.
    Fantastic group effort . Not sure but I might have seen this movie years back. Behind the scenes is always fun to see. Always wanted to be in a cowboy movie. The closest I came was being a blacksmith in Rag Time movie starring James Cagney.
    Horses close to my heart as i did work with them for many years. Thanks for this one a real treat.

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  2. Just looked up George Plimpton on IMDB His biography statements
    pleasure to read. Probably a cool fellow fun background also

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