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(1957)

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Anthony Mann refused to direct the film, saying nobody would understand it. He also said he believed the script was bad, and Audie Murphy and James Stewart would not be believable as brothers. After the film opened to poor reviews and business, Stewart never spoke to Mann again.
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This was originally intended to be the sixth Western combining the talents of James Stewart and Director Anthony Mann, but Mann pulled out of the project because he wasn't impressed with war hero-turned-actor Audie Murphy. Stewart and Mann never made another movie together.
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James Stewart was disappointed by the film's critical and commercial failure, and did not agree to make another western for four years, until John Ford cast him in Two Rode Together (1961).
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James Neilson replaced Anthony Mann as director when Mann walked off the picture after a falling out with James Stewart.
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The scenes with James Stewart and Audie Murphy were filmed carefully in an attempt to downplay the vast difference in height. However, at certain times, the full difference in height is apparent.
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James Stewart wasn't impressed with the script, but accepted the role of Grant McLaine because he believed the part would allow him to show off his skills as an accordion player. However, all of his accordion playing was re-recorded by a professional prior to the movie's release.
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Some critics felt that Audie Murphy, who was thirty-one, looked too young to be the brother of forty-eight-year-old James Stewart.
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Jack Elam recalled this film as one he did not enjoy making.
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The movie was filmed hurriedly as they began shooting in the late autumn of 1956 and production had to finish before Christmas.
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The real name of the Utica Kid turns out to be Lee, thus the names of the warring brothers are Grant and Lee, just like the opposing Generals in the Brothers' War (the Civil War).
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Filmed in Silverton, Colorado (called Junction City in the movie) using the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, not the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad as usually stated. The DRGW still ran the Narrow gauge operations at the time this movie was filmed. The Durango and Silerton is a Heritage Railroad that runs on the old rail grade using original equipment.
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In August 1957, this film was being being shown on a double bill with The Delinquents (1957).
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The location is Silverton, with great mountain scenery, but the railroad is the Denver and Rio Grande Western (lettering on the coal tenders is: D & R G W).
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First movie produced in the United States in the Technirama widescreen process, developed by the Technicolor Corporation. Many of the credits were rendered in the style of the Technirama trademark.
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James Stewart starred in Destry Rides Again (1939). Audie Murphy starred in a remake of that film, Destry (1954).
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During filming, James Stewart was dismayed when the U.S. Government sided with the Soviet Union during the Suez crisis, while taking no action in response to the brutal Soviet invasion of Hungary.
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Jimmy Stewart would later star with Jack Elam & Jay Flippen in "Firecreek".
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The decision to let James Stewart sing and play an accordion was widely criticized.
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Jimmy Stewart & Dan Duryea starred together in the 1950 western "Winchester '73".
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