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Sergeant Rutledge

Sergeant Rutledge(1960)


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  • Unsatisfied with Strode's rehearsal of bullet-wounded drowsiness, director John Ford took his own steps to make Strode appear authentically weary for Rutledge's gunshot early on in the film. The day before the scene was to be shot, Ford got Strode drunk early in the day and had an assistant follow him around for the rest of the day to make sure he stayed that way. When the time came for Strode to shoot the scene with actress Constance Towers, his hang-over gave him the perfect (for Ford) appearance of a man who had been shot.

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