A CINEMASCOPE PRODUCTION
GREGORY PECK as Jim Douglass
JOAN COLLINS as Josefa Velarde
STEPHEN BOYD as Bill Zachary
ALBERT SALMI as Ed Taylor
HENRY SILVA as Lujan
LEE VAN CLEEF as Alfonso Parral
ANDREW DUGGAN as Padre
KATHLEEN GALLANT as Emma
BARRY COE as Tom
KEN SCOTT as Primo
GENE EVANS as Butler
Director of Photography - Leon Shamroy Art Director - Mark Lee Kirk & Lyle R Wheeler
Music by Lionel Newman Screenplay by Philip Yordan From a Novel by Frank O'Rourke
Edited by William Mace Costumes by Charles Le Maire Produced by Herbert B Swope JR
Directed by Henry King
When Jim Douglass arrives in Rio Arriba, he has revenge on his mind! Believing the four men who raped and murdered his wife are awaiting the hangman's noose in the town's jail, he is determined to settle the score. But his intentions are short lived as the four escape and take a local girl hostage. Jim sets out with some local men to track them down and bring them to a final justice... His justice! See the wraith of his vengeance.. as he hunts down The Bravados!!
(c) 1958 20TH CENTURY FOX 98 MINS REGION 1 DVD FROM FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
This popular western was a film that Joan was not too keen in doing, as she felt the role of Josefa was not suited to her, however she was keen to work with Gregory Peck, whom she greatly admired. But she had turned down a few film scripts and was on suspension, without pay and needed to work. Joan recalled,
|JIM & JOSEFA HEAD FOR CHURCH|
At that time Joan was seeing George Englund, who was best friends with Marlon Brando. But the relationship was erratic as Englund was still married to Cloris Leachman. The film was shot over three months, with location shooting in the Mexican city of Morelia. Before filming bagan, Joan spent some time at the Fox ranch in Santa Monica. She had to her horror, try and learn to ride a horse for the film, something that terrified her. She claimed to have gotten only nine hours practise before setting off for Mexico. However her co-star Peck, was an expert horseman and thought her a lot and was very patient as a teacher. That was a godsend to her as she had to ride a fiesty large black stallion called Adonis...
Greg commented on Joan's appearance a few years later...
" Joan was a sensational young girl at that time, a knockout!"
|JOAN MAKES TRACKS DURING FILMING!|
Chatting with Louella Parsons sometime later Joan announced.
"That I am alive is a miracle!"
Her brush with the saddle, not exactly something she planned to repeat.
Joan did say to columnist Sheilah Graham.
" The Bravados is a marvellous western. But I genuinely feel a girl is out of place in such a picture. She is only put in for the sake of the sexy ads! But it was wonderful to work with Gregory Peck. It's the only way to make stars in this business... For a girl to be put opposite a big star!"
|JOAN with ANDREW DUGGAN|
(c) 2010 ... Mark McMorrow...