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Panhandle(1948)

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Director Lesley Selander's first name is misspelled "Leslie" in the onscreen credits. John Campion and Blake Edwards' onscreen credit reads: "Written and produced by J. C. Champion and Blake Edwards." Champion and Edwards, who until then had been bit actors, made their producing debuts with this film. Edwards also has a small role in the film. According to an October 1947 New York Times article, Champion's father was a friend of A. P. Giannini of the Bank of America, who helped them get financing for the film. Champion and Edwards wrote Pandhandle with the intention of producing a 16mm picture, but after submitting the story to two studios, they were convinced that they had a good property. A deal was arranged with Steve Broidy, president of Monogram Pictures. The young producers raised $40,000, the banking interest put up $216,000 and Monogram provided $140,000, according to the article. Monogram also guaranteed funds for completion of the picture and agreed to pay for distribution prints. Location shooting was done at Lone Pine and in the San Fernando Valley, CA. In 1966, Selander and Champion loosely remade Panhandle as The Texican. That version, which was produced in Spain, starred Audie Murphy and Broderick Crawford (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.4945).