Custer On The Side

17 Aug

I have never seen this one before and its a big image too. Looks like they are filming and he is just off to the side. What do you think?


— twinarchers


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    August 18, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Hey twinarchers! Great to have you back!!

    Looks exactly like you say, with Livvie, from the set of Santa Fe, perhaps? – If so, with Flynn playing Jeb Stuart, Reagan as Custer. Or is it actually Boots? The boots, the hair, and the pant stripes are clues.


    • twinarchers

      August 19, 2014 at 1:50 am

      For sure its Boots. That is California Joe as was already said.

    • David DeWitt

      December 29, 2015 at 3:01 pm

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      This is  from Boots. It may be a rehearsal, but this scene is in the film. I have never seen any behind the scenes stills of the Little Big Horn Battle. Maybe photographers were banned because of the problems with actors being hurt and killed. if anyone has any production shots of the LBH battle, I would love to see them.


  2. Maria

    August 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    What a nice way to start the day! This photo appears (I believe) in the wonderful book entitled “Errol and Olivia: Ego and Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood”? Hmmm.. Errol’s hair looks too short to be Gen Custer but it looks to be between takes-

    • Gentleman Tim

      August 18, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      My thoughts exactly about the hair, Maria! The best clue might be the wagon scene itself.

      Errol looks like he’s got alot on his mind – probably the eescalating troubles with Lili, compounded by Olivia not being “his girl” any more.

    • Inga

      August 18, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      It definitely is from Boots, twin and Maria.

  3. rswilltell

    August 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    That is beloved character actor Charley Grapewin in the wagon, who played California Joe.

    • Gentleman Tim

      August 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Uncle Henry was California Joe!

      Thank you, Ralph!!! Great info!


      • twinarchers

        August 19, 2014 at 1:50 am

        Wow I never knew that.