NefariousNed wrote:Notice how Wayne has his half-stock in the photo? That's the one he actually used during the battle scenes. The long rifle was just for close-ups.
That may be an important clue. They do look like they're discussing blowing up the cannon. You may be right about that. I'll look at that scene again, and see if the ladder if present and which rifle Crockett has when they have that discussion.
After reviewing the tape, er, the DVD, I think that the still photographer snapped the shot of Crockett and Bowie right about or after when Travis shouts "Finn, you were ordered to report to me, not to hold lecture courses. Get up here!."
The movie is shot from an angle that is centered by the inside of the main gate, with Lt. Finn on the left, the Bee Keeper and 3 Texans behind him framed by the gate arch, with Crockett and Bowie on the right of the screen. Since the still photographer took his shot at an angle with the SW corner and west wall in the background, there would be no need for other actors or extras to be in place there, and whoever is standing with his foot on the SW corner cannon would not be seen in the movie.
Crockett and Bowie are in the proper costumes, Crockett has the same rifle and is holding his purse (
) in the same way as in the photo where the strap forms a large hanging loop above his rifle which he is also holding barrel up and butt down.
Bowie in the movie at this moment has his left hand in his pocket with 2 fingers in and 2 fingers out, showing his wedding ring, the same way as in the B & W still photo. Bowie also has his cigar sticking out of his mouth. Everything matches that scene to that picture, just taken at 2 different angles.
In the still photo, you can see a ladder leaning against the right corner of the south gate-wall. It's interesting that in the movie, that ladder is not there at the beginning of the scene, and not yet there even that moment. After the large Mexican cannon blows up the Bee Keeper's keg, the ladder miraculously appears so that Denver Pyle and others can climb down from the south wall. Since scenes are not always shot in sequence, and that ladder area can't be seen in the movie, the ladder's presence in the still photo doesn't negate my determination of when the picture was taken. I'm guessing that the small barrel or keg on the ground near the door in the B & W is not only set dressing, but also a mark where background extras stand in parts of this "Big Cannon" scene.
Later, when Bowie and Crockett are discussing doing something about the cannon, Wayne and Widmark don't have their hands in the same positions as they do in the moment I described and as they have them in the still photo.
I know it's no big deal, but I'm obsessed by John Wayne's "The Alamo". Can't help it.