Welcome to Show Business! #24


Original Caption:

Hollywood -- No horse laughs, please, as you get this behind-the-scenes peek of Audie Murphy riding a stepladder instead of a mustang for a new movie western. An expert rider, Murphy had to switch to the ladder when his horse wouldn't hold still for a close-up shot of the actor in Universal-International's "Hell Bent for Leather." Movie-goers will see only Murphy's face in this sequence. (1959)

9 comments:

Tempest said...

A one man army.

Max Allan Collins said...

Murphy was dismissed in his day as a stiff, amateur actor, but now he looks nicely low-key and understated. He had a smoldering quality related to the fact that he was a real-life killer. Also, a real-life hero, but it involved some wholesale killing.

He was once give a hard time at a racetrack by an Italian wise guy and Murphy reportedly looked the guy dead in the eye and said words to the effect of, "I killed sixty of you (expletives) in Sicily -- one more won't matter." Supposedly the tough guy tucked his tail and split.

Tom Sutpen said...

I absolutely believe that story. Murphy had what was probably the worst case of P-TSD on record (and too close a relationship with firearms); every unimaginable (by us) thing he'd done during the war he carried with him to the end of his days, and all of it was distilled into that thousand yard stare of his. It's what made some of his performances downright chilling.

A very (and understandably) messed-up guy, but incredibly underrated as an actor.

Christopher said...

makes a good bad guy in The Unforgiven....The Red Badge of Courage is still one of the most amazing war films..

Max Allan Collins said...

David Morrell based Rambo on Murphy. My characters Quarry (most recently in THE FIRST QUARRY) and Michael O'Sullivan Jr. (in ROAD TO PURGATORY) were similarly influenced.

swac said...

That reminds me, I should watch that DVD of Don Siegel's Duel at Silver Creek some time...

Marshall P. Smith said...

Murphy had a temper and a lot of people that saw it could verify a deadly "look" that shut others down. His 50% disability prevented a career in the military, which he wanted and likely would've allowed him a certain happiness he never found in Hollywood.

Gerard Saylor said...

Collins' story in his first post above makes me wonder if Stephen Hunter used that Murphy story in a scene in Hot Springs. Hunter's hero, Earl Swagger, is confronted by Bugsy Siegel and says pretty much the same thing.

I was moving The First Quarry from the New shelf to the regular shelf earlier today and thinking I still need to read it.

addie said...

I love these kinds of revealing hollywood pictures, but it is a little sad to have the illusions destroyed. lol

I thought from the above comments it could sound like his PTSD was the disibility that kept him from a military career.
His disability was from his hip being shattered by German gunfire and subsequent gangrene settling in the area due to delayed medical treatment. The poor darling, B)