When Barbed Wire Souls Were In Fashion
Heel Hud Becomes 1963's Hero
Hud was offered up by
Hud came out shortly before we "lost our innocence" (what, again?). I've never understood just when it was we were supposed to lose our innocence. The Kennedy death,
|Paul Newman Briefly Takes On James Wong Howe's Camera Job|
Hud's world is flat and parched. The Last Picture Show later went for the same look. Others that would try missed out for using color made mandatory by people having it at home on television. Hud is wrecked unless seen in scope, so was laid low by sale to television within five years after theatrical. During interim, there was a reissue, a double with Hatari!, which made for hard seating after four and a half hours (both long movies). When ABC picked up Hud for 1968 broadcast, there was still trimming for language, which took guts out of Hud in addition to half its intended frame width. I had one of the network's 16mm spots for a Sunday night premiere, where dialogue went thus: Hud --- "What made you go sour on me, old man, not that I give a chit-chit" (sound of blooped profanity), then dad Melvyn Douglas answering back, "That's just it, Hud. You don't give a chit-chit ..." What a fraud movies were on TV back then, networks buying titles, then giving viewers but skeleton of them.