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The Buckskin Lady

The Buckskin Lady(1957)

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Hollywood Reporter news items of late November and December 1954 reported that Howco Productions, Inc. had made a deal with Carl K. Hittleman to produce and direct The Buckskin Lady. The film was to star Cathy Downs and Lance Fuller and was expected to begin in February 1955. Hittleman, Downs and Fuller had just finished shooting Kentucky Rifle for Howco (see below). An May 18, 1956 Daily Variety news item stated that Carl K. Hittleman Productions had purchased an original screenplay by Francis S. Chase, Jr. and planned to begin shooting the film in Jul. The Buckskin Lady was the only film made by Bishop-Hittleman Pictures, Inc. Frank N. Bishop, a Nevada rancher, was Hittleman's partner in the company, according to a August 28, 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item.
       A August 27, 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Bill Hale, Norman Fredric, Norma Leavitt, Paul McGuire, Herman Hack and Mike Garrett to the cast, but their appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. According to an August 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item, the picture was partially shot on location at the Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, CA. August and October 1956 Hollywood Reporter news items reported that three different endings "with the villain being killed off in three different ways," were shot, with the filmmakers letting distributor United Artists decide which one would be used. Although The Buckskin Lady was not the first film in which well-known husband-and-wife character actors Dorothy Adams and Byron Foulger appeared together, it was the first film in which they both received onscreen credit.