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On the Set of The Alamo

Gordon Wilkison

Silent | 1960

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  •  John Wayne 
  •  Joan O'Brien (right) portrays Susannah Dickinson, one of the few Alamo survivors 
  •  Laurence Harvey 
  •  John Wayne shakes hands with James T. "Happy" Shahan, owner of the ranch in Brackettville where the Alamo set was built and the movie filmed 
  •  John Dierkes (Jocko Robertson) center, with hat, and players 
  •  Frankie Avalon as Smitty 
  •  Jester Hairston (right in hat) portrays Jethro. Hairston (1901-2000) was an internally celebrated composer, conductor, actor, and educator, known for his work with the Negro Spiritual. 
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Released in 1960 by United Artists, The Alamo starred John Wayne as Davy Crockett, Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie, and Laurence Harvey as William B. Travis. John Wayne also directed the movie and filmed at a set constructed in the south Texas town of Brackettville, now a tourist destination known as Alamo Village. This footage offers a behind the scenes look at actors on the Brackettville set in 1960.