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Fury at Furnace Creek(1948)

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According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, Charles G. Booth's screenplay had various titles in pre-production: Four Men and a Prayer, Silver Bullets and The End of the Trail. It was shot under the title The Ballad of Furnace Creek. Filming began with approximately two weeks of location work near Kanab, Utah. According to a studio publicity release in the AMPAS Library, this was the first film on which the studio used planes, to ferry cast, crew and equipment from Hollywood to a distant location. An improvised landing field was created in the Utah badlands near where the fort set was constructed. Hollywood Reporter news items of early September 1947 reported that George Montgomery had asked to be released from his contract to play Rufe Blackwell and was to be replaced by Glenn Langan. According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, the role played by Frank Orth was all but eliminated from the final film. Characters portrayed by Robert Williams and Harry Seymour, who are listed in the Call Bureau Cast Service also appear to have been cut. Fox first filmed Garth's novel in 1938 as Four Men and a Prayer. John Ford directed and Loretta Young and Richard Greene starred in the earlier version, which was set in India (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1458). The novel had been serialized in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (Sep 1936-January 1937). An adaptation of Fury at Furnace Creek was broadcast on the Screen Guild Players radio program on February 10, 1949 and starred Victor Mature and Wendell Corey.