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Kirk Douglas in costume as Jim Deakins in a publicity photo for The Big Sky (1952).  Howard Hawks considered Marlon Brando for the role but Marlon was unaffordable for RKO Studios even at this early point in Marlon’s career.

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Arthur Hunnicut, Kirk Douglas and Dewey Martin make a deal with Blackfoot Indians in The Big Sky (1952).

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Kirk Douglas as frontiersman Jim Deakins poses for a publicity photo for The Big Sky (1952).

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Elizabeth Threatt is a threat to Dewey Martin in an original publicity still for The Big Sky (1952).

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Dewey Martin and Elizabeth Threatt are two sides of a typical Hawks triangle in an original publicity still for The Big Sky (1952)

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Arthur Hunnicut, Kirk Douglas and Dewey Martin are about to embark on a journey along the Missouri River in The Big Sky (1952).

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Arthur Hunnicutt as Zeb Calloway in The Big Sky (1952).  Arthur also had the Walter Brennan role in Hawks’ El Dorado (1966).

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Elizabeth Threatt in costume as Teal Eye in a publicity photo for The Big Sky (1952), her one and only film appearance.  She was a model before and after the film.

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Although Montana is known as “big sky country”, The Big Sky (1952) was filmed in Wyoming and Idaho.

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Elizabeth Threatt as Teal Eye displaying native Indian attire in The Big Sky (1952).

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The Big Sky is Howard Hawks’ 36th film.

The Big Sky premiered Jul 29, 1952 in Chicago.

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Elizabeth Threatt as Teal Eye in The Big Sky (1952), her only film appearance,  She did some modeling before and after.

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Kirk Douglas and Dewey Martin in The Big Sky (1952).  Howard Hawks wanted Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift for the leads.

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Blackfoot Indians in The Big Sky (1952)

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Kirk Douglas on the set of The Big Sky. Kirk is ranked number 17 on American Film Institute’s list of greatest American male screen legends. He will turn 96 in December and can still tell us what it was like working with Howard Hawks.

 

Little Michael Douglas rides on his father Kirk’s shoulders on location filming The Big Sky (1952).  Michael has 59 acting credits so far, dating back to an uncredited bit in 1966, through two films in pre-production for 2017 and 2018.