BAD MAN OF WYOMING, 1940, MGM Corp., Controlled by Loew's Inc.
Wallace Beery: Within 3 weeks of their arrival it was announced that Wallace Beery had bought a summer cabin on Jackson Lake, especially to appease his daily enjoyment of fishing. Apparently, 5pm was a regular quitting time for filming and Beery was the first off the set in order to get some fishing in before dark. He was reported to be planning a modernization of the cabin so that on his next visit it would have baths, running water, and electricity. The property also included a boat house, a 40hp Vee plane boat, and all furnishings. Beery would ultimately become quite a fixture on the local scene and film one more movie in the area in 1946 (Bad Bascomb). He would even engage in an armed protest of the formation of Grand Teton National Park along with ranchers in the local area who included a future Governor and Senator(Cliff Hansen). He was also quite a dancer at local social events.
Beery's power in Hollywood at the time was considerable. More than once he would appropriate props, jackets, etc. from the set which more often than not were never retrieved by the company. Beery was often praised for his enormous talent and derided for his phony personality. At the time of this movie, he reportedly was making in the range of $10K per week from MGM.
Ann Rutherford and Marjorie Main: Miss Rutherford, 18 yrs. old during the production, would become a noted personality in the years to come. She eventually earned not one but two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for radio and one for motion pictures. She came chaperoned by her mother and decided during their stay to rent a car and go visit Yellowstone. Marjorie Main overheard their plans and invited herself along on the journey. By the time they arrived at Old Faithful, Main had commandeered the front seat from Rutherford's mother threatening car sickness. She had removed her shoes and stockings and proceeded to ride most of the way with her head out the window and her bare feet feeling the car's vibrations. On seeing Old Faithful erupt, she was heard to say, "Great God almighty, it's the comin' of the Lord," and dropped to the ground praying. Rutherford and Beery almost came to blows the first day on the set. In their first scene together, Beery proceeded to recite ALL the lines to Rutherford's consternation. After complaining to Director Thorpe who only acknowledged that all the lines had been voiced, she asked if she should just go home or was the scene a dialogue or a Beery monologue. To butt heads with an actor of Beery's stature was no doubt presumptious, but there were no further dialogue problems after the incident. The irony is that Beery started out in Hollywood in the 20s as a female impersonator before moving to light comedy and then to features. This was to be the first of many films Beery and Main would ultimately make together as co-stars. Thorpe would set the tone for future productions by directing them as a strangely romantic couple, always sniping at one another, yet serenading each other moments later. For a distinctively unattractive couple, they played off each other rather well and the excellent box office for the film reflected that chemistry.
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