Universal-International's Western Wear --- Part Two
Jeff Chandler's star level was tics below Kirk Douglas', as were his westerns in terms of gross, but change was on horizons. Universal sought Douglas for Away All Boats and its enlarged budget with VistaVision, but upon his schedule conflict, realized
|Universal-International Opens a Spanking New Exchange in Memphis Circa 1955|
|Is Mara Corday Aware That Hoot Gibson Horse-Backed Those Hills |
Behind Her Many Years Before?
Man Without A Star helped see out three-color Technicolor picture-making. Within the year, all would go Eastman-shot routes, with Technicolor used for manufacture of prints only. To haul three-strip cameras about was like having a piano strapped to your shoulder (weight: 600 lbs.). Vidor and company enjoyed not modern benefit of feature-making via hand-held phone. Physical discomforts of old-style Tech were rife. Set temperatures got ghastly for light they poured on actors ... dead fainting could and did happen. Universal seems to have been last to give up three-strip blimps (one falling on a man would surely be fatal --- did such mishap ever occur?). Within months of Man Without A Star was This Island Earth and Foxfire, these said to be very last start-to-finish Tech jobs. All were stunners when IB printed --- 16mm collectors especially prized Earth for its saturation.
|A Team Of Oxen Being Unavailable, Company Crew Totes Weary Load of Three-Strip Technicolor Camera|
U-I's tendered newsreels, musical shorts, and Woodpecker (as in Woody) cartunes to round out Man Without A Star and other product from the company. A best outcome for distribution was programs they supplied in toto --- no second feature from rival outfits, nor need to split rentals. Two-reel A World Of Beauty was pressbook-proposed appetizer for Man Without A Star. Not coincidental was Beauty's lead, Myrna Hansen, being also the western's principal ingénue. Hansen had been America's pick for 1952's Miss Universe pageant, the latter heavily underwritten by U-I and held in
|Ideal Venue and Audience for U-I Westerns ---|
A 50's Drive-In
|A World Of Beauty Supplies That Little Something Extra For Chicago's First-Run|
of Man Without A Star
|Early 60's Reissue Puts Combo Mate (and U-I Star)|
Tony Curtis in Favored Billing and Image Spot