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 Posted: Wed Nov 8th, 2006 01:54 am
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Thanks for correcting my faulty memory about the tall general and the short actor in "How the West was Won."

The two young actors in "Rio Grande" who did the Roman-style riding were Ben Johnson and Claude Jarman Jr.  Neither was killed, as they both went on to make other movies.  Maybe a stuntman was killed during a practice shoot.

Ben's family owned a ranch near Los Angeles and supplied trained horses to the studios for stunts like that.  Ben got his start as a stuntman, then got speaking parts.

Claude had never done any Roman-style riding.  He just climbed aboard and took off, terrifying the cast and crew.  But he did just fine and they kept the scene.


Last edited on Wed Nov 8th, 2006 01:56 am by Widow

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