1967 · Los Angeles
One of the great Westerns, and one that epitomizes the revisionist trend sparked by Elmore Leonard's early novels of the 1950s and 1960s. Newman plays a white man who was raised by the Apaches, and has since had to straddle two worlds, feeling truly comfortable in neither. While riding a stagecoach, he is subject to the racial bias of banker Fredric March and March's snooty wife Barbara Rush. In truth, March is an embezzler, a fact that comes out when the coach is held up by murderous bandit-chief Richard Boone. When the passengers fight back, Boone takes Rush as a hostage. Newman proves himself the bravest of the passengers, systematically and intelligently outwitting the bandits one by one, invoking Leonard's brilliant "white flag" scenario from the novel in the process.
Along with "The Tall T," one of two superb Westerns adapted from an Elmore Leonard source, and one of Paul Newman's finest performances.
Yellow titled wrappers, with "Revised Screenplay," the film's title and the Fox logo stamped on the front wrapper, and dated June 29, 1965. Title and date also stamped along the spine. Project No. 76 stamped at the top left corner of the front wrapper. Title page present, dated June 29, 1965, noted as Revised Screenplay, with credits for screenwriters Ravetch and Frank. 134 leaves, with last page of text numbered 131. Mimeograph on eye-rest green stock. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus with lightly yapped edges, bound with three gold brads. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box.
Hardy (Western) US. Hitt US. Pitts 1908. (Inventory #: 110584)