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A realistic 1880s territorial prison replica was constructed on four acres in the high-desert country of the Joshua Tree National Monument. Designed by Edward Carrere, Oscar-winning designer of such movies as The Wild Bunch, it was one of the most massive location sets ever built. The prison's twenty-foot high, four-feet-thick walls enclosed fourteen buildings, including a guards' barracks, warden's quarters, mess hall, kitchen, hospital, blacksmith shop, a mule shed, corral, seven guard towers, a solitary confinement cell and a gallows. Unlike a typical movie set, the buildings had to be roofed because aerial footage of the location would be filmed. Some eighty loads of rocks were trucked in (and later removed) to create the enormous hard-labor rock pile in the movie. Since no indigenous plants could be harmed, thousands of desert plants also had to be trucked to the location.
Originally posted by samkent
To me it just looks like he enjoyed action movies. Big deal.
Since cable wasn't around back then movies were the only source for adult/racy content.
Plus I'll bet that being the Pres he got free showings of what ever he wanted. Now it might make the news if his interests leaned to porn.
Originally posted by Kolya
Interesting trivia on the Nixon/Patton connection, but is it really beyond plausibility that he just felt like watching a great war movie during a time where he felt himself to be a commander of men etc.?
As for TWACM, I didn't know it was a Norman Wisdom movie. For those unaware, he was a British slapstick performer from about the 40s/50s right up until he died a few years ago - kinda like a Buster Keaton/Chaplin kind of character. Though he's pretty well-known here (and, strangely, in Albania - they took his character as a representation of the working man's mishaps and ill-treatment by ruling class) I'd find it hard to think a man like Nixon would want to watch that one more than once
The First Lady
Mr. and Mrs. Cox
Ens. and Mrs. Eisenhower Mr. Rebozo Miss Woods
There Was a Croked Man (film), 1960 film featuring Norman Wisdom
There Was A Crooked Man (TV play), a live television drama by Kelly Roos, presented in 1950 on the television anthology Westinghouse Studio One
There Was a Crooked Man..., a 1970 western film starring Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda
Source Wiki disambiguation page
Originally posted by DJW001
Let's see... 007 is a handsome, suave, well traveled man of the world with a taste for beautiful women, fine food, fast cars and risk taking. He has ice water in his veins and solves life or death situations with panache, capping his victories with quick witted one liners. Obviously, this a character that Nixon could relate to.
What I would like to know is: where are you getting access to Secret Service journals?
Originally posted by Kolya...Maybe the film cans *said* they were The Godfather or Bond movies, but once the intro had rolled for a bit and everyone had got settled in, it cut to spliced-in home-movie stuff that J. Edgar's boys had been filming
He grew up in Beverly Hills, California. He is the son of Sara (Aaronson) and screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, who co-wrote Citizen Kane. His uncle, Joseph Mankiewicz, directed such films as All About Eve and Cleopatra. His work in politics earned him a place on the master list of Nixon political opponents. He was also an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Maryland in 1974. Source en.wikipedia.org...
Date of Birth : 1 June 1942, Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death : 31 July 2010, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth Name : Thomas Frank Mankiewicz
Trivia : Son of director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Rose Stradner.
Nephew of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz.
Brother of actor-producer-writer Christopher Mankiewicz. Also has a sister Alexandra.
First cousin of screenwriter Don Mankiewicz, Frank Mankiewicz and the late novelist Johanna Mankiewicz Davis.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Directed by
Richard Maibaum (screenplay) and
Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)
The third film Hughes produced was The Mating Call (1928), directed by James Cruze. This silent was adapted from the Rex Beach novel by Herman Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane (1941)).
Irwin had a "cover" during this period when he was working in the capacity of test-pilot-to-be for the YF-12A. He was pretending to be going to Hughes Aircraft to be working as the director of the test force for the ASG-18 fire control system (en.wikipedia.org...), and the GAR-9 missile(en.wikipedia.org...).
ATS decisively who posted to my other thread about Jim Irwin's Apollo 15. Another strong link between Nixon, Howard Hughes, Jim Irwin, CIA secret projects and NASA.
The Spahn ranch wasn't a hippie commune. It bordered the Krupp ranch, and has now been combined and incorporated to make a German Bavarian beer garden. Howard Hughes knew George Spahn. He went to this ranch daily while making The Outlaw. Books Ed Sanders The Family, Dutton, 1971
Spahn Ranch, also known as the Spahn Movie Ranch, was a 500-acre (2.0 km2) movie ranch used for filming generally Western-themed movies and television programs. Spahn Ranch is notoriously and best known as the primary residence of Charles Manson and his followers, the 'Manson Family', for much of 1968 and 1969. Source en.wikipedia.org...