Director Howard Hawks


Famed director Howard Hawks wasn’t afraid to steal ideas—even from himself.  During the shooting of the 1948 classic “Red River,” Hawks asked John Wayne to do a scene where the character loses a finger after it gets caught between a rope and saddle horn.  Duke didn’t like the idea and it was never shot.

Hawks pushed the idea to Kirk Douglas when they were filming 1952’s “The Big Sky,” and this time the star went with it.  When Wayne saw the movie and that scene, he immediately regretted not doing it.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.