A: The best writers I ever worked with – are you ready? – were Emily Bronte, Jack London, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett. I once said to my son, who is a writer, ‘My boy, if you’re ever going to get a collaborator, get a dead one. They’re the best kind. They don’t give you any damned trouble at all.’ It’s true that a lot of the stuff that I did is based on classics. RIDERS TO MOON ROCK, that’s a western version of
H: They sure were. And the one with Aggie was particularly good.
H: I have the feeling that Michael Rennie must have been a favorite, because it’s so unusual to see him in any Westerns but yours.
A: That’s right. We got Michael Rennie to do that (BRANDED), and we became not real friends, but we had respect for each other. And then, when RIDE BEYOND VENGEANCE came along, I thought Michael Rennie, and he did the part and was very, very good. Another pro.
A: Not there. But I’ve never worked with James Garner, and I would have loved to do something with him. And Clint Eastwood and Clint Walker. As a matter of fact, I may as well tell you this now; when I got RIDE BEYOND VENGEANCE and wrote the script, I wrote it for Clint Walker. Because (the character) was supposed to be a big, strong fellow. And I like Clint; we were pals. Never worked together. And I took it to Joe Levine, the sonuvabitch. And he said, ‘Great, we’ll do it. You’ve got a deal.’ Then he calls me up and says, ‘I don’t want to do it with Clint Walker. You might as well do it with King Kong.’ So that fell apart. But in the meanwhile, I did BRANDED, and Chuck Connors, who is a terrific actor, is also a thief. One day I had a script for RIDE BEYOND VENGEANCE – it was called NIGHT OF THE TIGER then – on my desk, and it was missing. And I said to my secretary, ‘Erika, did you take that script?’ ‘I didn’t take it.’ Well in walks Chuck Connors a couple of hours later. He slams the script on the desk and said, ‘Goddamnit, I’ve got to do this picture!’
I’ll be getting more details about when the rest of us can see GOOD FOR NOTHING, but in the meantime, check out the trailer.
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