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The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby AlamoMo on Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:06 pm

The Premier Of The Film 24th October 1960

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby alamobill on Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:10 am

Here are a few items I have in my collection that are connected to the Alamo premiere.

The first item is a "Gold Patron" ticket to the world premiere. There were only 600 of these tickets the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce had printed. They were sold to raise funds to help pay for expenses incurred during the three days of celebration for the world premiere. The giant sized, gold plated $50 tickets were delivered to the S. A. Chamber of Commerce from American Printers in an armored car. I feel very fortunate to have one of these in my collection, as I have never seen another.

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Next is a gold plated name tag holder which was issued by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to members of the media covering the premiere.


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Here are the two items framed.


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Finally, here is a four page World Premiere Hotel List. This is an original and not a copy. I have no idea who typed the list, but some of the names and their affiliations are quite interesting.


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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby Seguin on Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:19 am

Wow, that´s really some interesting stuff you´ve collected, alamobill! You may well be the only person who still have a gold ticket and a name tag. Not to mention the hotel guest list, since there´s only one original! Awesome - just awesome items!
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby NefariousNed on Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:47 am

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A rather soggy premiere at the Alamo: John Wayne, Linda Cristal, Frankie Avalon, Richard Boone and Michael
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby NefariousNed on Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:48 am

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John Wayne leaves a wreath at the doors of the Alamo.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby Seguin on Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:54 am

Nice pics!It was quite an event! Great pic of Wayne leaving a wreath...
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Past Events.

Postby Cole_blooded on Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:17 am

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Past Events.

Postby Cole_blooded on Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:21 am

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Past Events.

Postby NefariousNed on Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:28 pm

Nice finds, Ted!
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby quincey morris on Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:30 pm

My favorite ad from the premier newspaper
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby zapadore on Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:31 pm

Hey Ned...and anyone else who may know.....in the B&W photo taken in front of the shrine....Wayne and cast are standing amongest members of the local Marine Corps reserve unit, (my father was assigned to this unit in the late 60's)....I understand that they 'reenacted' the Gonzales to Bejar march by the original Gonzales 32, or were they incorporated into the arrival scene all bundled into the two wagons as extras?
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Postby quincey morris on Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:37 pm

I don't know about being in the film, but they did recreate the march from Gonzales to San Antonio (via the modern route of Highway 90). I will have to dig out a picture of them presenting a Come and Take It picture infront of the Alamo (unless someone else has it as well).
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby zapadore on Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:48 pm

So they did! Thanks QM....even along the grass shoulders of I-90 thats quite a hump! Any idea if it started from the Gonzales town square or from the highway? Thanks
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Postby quincey morris on Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:55 pm

Somewhere, I have the clippings, as it did get a lot of press at the time. I think they did start from the square. The original route would have taken them south out of town toward the town of Cost (where the Come and Take It battle took place) and then west on some country roads and then across a few dozen ranchs. The Highway 90 route does get them around the Capote Hills (as did the original road to the south). I think the Marines came down Austin Highway in San Antonio to Broadway and then down to Alamo Plaza, as opposed to coming in on East Commerce.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby zapadore on Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:59 pm

Whoa! Take about taking a round about way of getting there!....I'd also like to see the three flim clips Wayne did for the USMCR recruiting command there on the set.....filmed them the same day he did his death scene according to Don Clark's book.... those clippings would be nice to see,.....thanks
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Postby quincey morris on Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:12 pm

I stand to correct myself-if they came in on Highway 90 all the way the would have come down East Commerce Street.

From Gonzales, they would have come north from the square to Highway 90A and then to Belmont, Seguin, and SA.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby zapadore on Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:31 pm

Ever hear about or see those USMCR recruiting spots Wayen did?..Later I know the Marine reserves used the village to stage some training...saw the pics in the village museum long ago...before it was moved....
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby Davy on Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:52 am

zapadore wrote:Ever hear about or see those USMCR recruiting spots Wayen did?..Later I know the Marine reserves used the village to stage some training...saw the pics in the village museum long ago...before it was moved....


I'd like to see thim clips too! :D

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby quincey morris on Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:06 am

Here is the flag being presented as part of the premier week-this is from the ITC San Antonio Light Collection:
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby zapadore on Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:11 am

Nice QM.......would be interesting to know if they did the march in full pack or just web gear and personal weapons...in the group photo on the plaza, note that the Marines are all wearing clean pressed uniforms and non one looks like they just did a 90 mile hump!....It's also be interesting to know how long it took them....
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Postby quincey morris on Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:18 pm

I seem to remember that in one of the artciles there is a photo and they are in field gear, with packs and rifles...
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby zapadore on Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:24 pm

Got it,...thanks...
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby MUSTANG on Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:26 am

According to articles at the time, Capt. H.B Mayberry, assistant inspector instructor, of the 14th Infantry Battalion USMCR, led the march. The Marines carried a replica of the Gonzales "Come and Take It" flag and were going to present it as a replacement of the cotton one that was on display in the Alamo. The march started at the plaza in Gonzales in front of the Municipal Building, and a Marine Corp Color Guard, as well as the Gonzales High School Band, escorted the marchers to the city limits. The marchers filed out onto Highway 90 and the march consisted of two night marches. They left Gonzales, Saturday evening, October 22 and were due in Seguin at daylight the next day, where they stayed in a downtown park. That evening they left Seguin and arrived in San Antonio on Monday, in time to participate in rededication ceremonies in front of the Alamo.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby quincey morris on Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:29 am

Thanks Mustang!
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby zapadore on Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:38 am

Thank you Mustang for filling in the gaps! Semper Fi!
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Postby MUSTANG on Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:53 pm

Semper Fi!!!!!!!
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby zapadore on Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:24 pm

Mustang, could you field a question I had earlier on this thread?...In regards to the research documentation Batjac used for the uniforms of the Mexican Army...seems to me they relied on the Linati prints and perhaps were influenced by TV,...say like 'Zorro' or even Disney?...I read that Wayne hired some UT students to do the basic research....can you shed any light on this?
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Postby MUSTANG on Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:34 pm

I'll be honest, I don't believe that I've ever heard the story about UT students. I do know that Ybarra drew some sketches of uniforms for Frank Beetson and Ann Peck and that all the costumes were made by Western Costume. Sorry. Alamo Bill, any thoughts?
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby quincey morris on Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:57 am

Zapadore and Mustang-I am taking this discussion of the uniforms over to the uniforms/weapons section.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby NefariousNed on Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:49 pm

Something interesting from Jeffrey Dane...

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SAYS JEFFREY:
Entries on a page in the VIP Alamo Guestbook from late 1960 - early 1961. John Wayne's Alamo film premiered in San
Antonio on Oct. 24, 1960, at the Woodlawn Theatre. Many of those involved with the film were staying at the St.
Anthony Hotel. Close scrutiny of this page reveals some very familiar names, in various fields: Richard Boone; Price
Daniel; Lon Tinkle; Jessie Houston, Ruby Lee Houston, Emma Elizabeth Houston, Robert E. Evans (all relatives of Gen.
Sam Houston); Richard Nixon, and Patricia Nixon. The wealth of eminent names on this page alone makes it easy to
imagine what must grace the other pages. The boldest inscription on this page would be, for many of us in the Alamo
family, the most personally significant. It's the signature of Dimitri Tiomkin, identified here in the book (in another
hand) as Composer of the Alamo score. Tiomkin, too, had lodged at the St. Anthony, in Room 320. In his youth a
superb pianist, he had been the soloist in the European premiere of George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F-Major.
A testament to his skill and endurance is that on that same program, in Paris on May 29, 1928, he was also the
piano soloist in a performance of Franz Liszt's Second Piano Concerto.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby zapadore on Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:42 am

Ned,....as a tour guide at the 'Mo years back,...we would sometimes take out the older guestbooks and have a puruse through them to see the signatures. Along with celebrities etc. we would always have a certain amount of jibberish, rude comments, or people attempting to be funny.....I've lost count of the number of 'Crocketts' and 'Bowies' I saw - obviously NOT including bona fide decendants - .....oh yes, a numbe rof 'JohnWayne's' and others......

Also number one question ask of Alamo tour guides? That's right! "Where are the rest rooms?"
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby NefariousNed on Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:07 pm

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby Seguin on Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:52 am

Great pic! I did´nt know they had such a big Alamo cake at the premiere. - I wonder if the soldados are eatable too... :D
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby NefariousNed on Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:47 pm

Some lucky folks in Denver, Colorado got a sneak preview more than
two months before the premiere!

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby NefariousNed on Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:48 pm

Result tally of the sneak preview in Denver:
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby MUSTANG on Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:55 pm

Pretty cool there Ned.
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Postby Seguin on Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:33 am

Great items! - It looks like most of the viewers though it was "Excellent", and at second place comes "Great". That´s a pretty good result.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby NefariousNed on Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:27 pm

An early review of THE ALAMO.

-NEW YORK TIMES-
Movie Review

THE ALAMO (1960)
October 27, 1960

Screen: John Wayne's 3-Hour Remembrance of 'The
Alamo' : He Produces and Stars in Film at Rivoli

By BOSLEY CROWTHER
Published: October 27, 1960

JUST as if there never was a movie called "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier"
or a fellow name of Fess Parker, who educated a whole generation of youngsters to
the coonskin cap five years ago, John Wayne has dared to make a picture entitled
"The Alamo" in which he, not Mr. Parker, is king of the wild frontier. What's more,
he has dared to costume it so that the coonskin cap becomes but an occasional
item of his personal adornment. And he never once kills a b'ar.

How this complete rearrangement of frontier iconography is likely to hit that
generation of youngsters who still have those coonskin caps on their closet shelves
is a speculation that scares us. Is the whole warp and weft of their belief in
American history likely to be shredded? Or have the profound maturing influences
of the last five years prepared them to accept a Davy Crockett, according to Mr.
Wayne?

Whatever the case, we can assure you that the main character in "The Alamo" is
much less a convincing figure from history than he is a recreation of Mr. Wayne.
He is the tall, easy, leather-skinned outdoorsman who has taken adversities in
stride, from "Stagecoach" to "The Horse Soldiers"—and in pretty much the same
sardonic way. "The Alamo," for all its bigness—and big and long it certainly is!—
is but another beleaguered blockhouse Western. It opened last night at the Rivoli.

As a three-hour-and-twelve-minute picture (not counting intermission), in color
and Todd-AO, produced on location in Texas, with a Dimitri Tiomkin musical score,
it cannot help but have certain moments and even long image-crowded passages
by which the audience is piercingly affected and visually overwhelmed.

Such moments, for instance, when a bearded warrior is seen standing in the dust
with the bombarded Alamo behind him, his blind wife by his side, or when an aged
Negro slave is given his freedom and elects to stay with his former owner in the
doomed fort. And the long image-crowded passages pop in time and again through
the almost hour-long duration of the account of the attack on the Alamo.

There are dazzling graphic arrangements of panoramic views of the Mexican army
of General Santa Anna, gathering for the attack, arriving in companies and
battalions like athletes at the opening of the Olympic Games; bone-crushing
sequences showing warm bodies hurling themselves against the walls; scenes of
old-fashioned battle that fairly choke you with their clouds of smoke and dust.

But this horrendous representation of the last battle for the Alamo comes after
two hours of slogging through some rather sticky Western clichés. The old mission
must be defended against the Mexican army coming north. Something to do with
freedom. Gen. Sam Houston gives the word. Col. William Travis, the commander,
is a tough, snobbish martinet. Jim Bowie hates and distrusts him. Davy Crockett
is not quite sure. There are other complicating factors—women, children and such.
But, in the end, the fort must be defended, and that's what everybody does.

As his own producer and director, Mr. Wayne has unfortunately let his desire to
make a "big" picture burden him with dialogue. His action scenes are usually vivid,
his talk scenes are long and usually dull. A passing romance with a Mexican beauty
(Linda Cristal) only cloys the first part of the film. Some roistering and brawling
sequences, especially those involving Chill Wills, have a hearty vitality about them,
but go too far on the farcical side.

Laurence Harvey's Colonel Travis is a solid, consistent character, though perhaps a
bit too foppish. He might be good in another frame. Richard Widmark's snarling
Jim Bowie is a grown-up Dead End Kid. He is more troublesome than Santa Anna.

Mr. Wills is the best man in the cast. At least, he stands by tradition. He lives in a
coonskin cap. And he talks a little bit like Fess Parker. You can kill his body but you
can't kill his soul.

You don't feel that way about the fellow performed by Mr. Wayne.


The Cast
THE ALAMO, original screen play by James Edward Grant; directed and produced by
John Wayne. Released by United Artists. At the Rivoli Theatre, Broadway and Forty-
ninth Street. Running time: 192 minutes.

Col. David Crockett . . . . . John Wayne
Col. James Bowie . . . . . Richard Widmark
Col. William Travis . . . . . Laurence Harvey
Smitty . . . . . Frankie Avalon
Capt. James Bonham . . . . . Patrick Wayne
Flaca . . . . . Linda Cristal
Mrs. Dickinson . . . . . Joan O'Brien
Beekeeper . . . . . Chill Wills
Lieutenant Reyes . . . . . Carlos Arruza
Jethro . . . . . Jester Hairston
Blind Nell . . . . . Veda Ann Borg
Jocko Robertson . . . . . John Dierkes
Angelina . . . . . Aissa Wayne
Gen. Sam Houston . . . . . Richard Boone
Lieutenant Finn . . . . . Guinn Williams
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby Davy on Sat Sep 05, 2009 12:04 am

By gawd he wuz rite! We wuz hornswaggled! Brung out them cannons and lets git ta fitin agin rite now! :cry: :lol:

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premier.

Postby TexianAtHeartII on Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:28 am

Feller sort of fancies hisself, don't he. What ya expect from someone named Bosley. Oh well, being a movie critic has ruined many a good man.
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