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Elizabeth Threatt takes advantage of Kirk Douglas asleep in a publicity still for The Big Sky (1952)

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Kirk Douglas and his son Michael on location filming The Big Sky (1952)

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Dewey Martin, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Threatt and Hank Worden in a publicity still for The Big Sky (1952)

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Kirk Douglas in a publicity still for The Big Sky (1951)

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Kirk Douglas in a publicity still for The Big Sky (1951)

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Kirk Douglas and his son Michael on location in Wyoming for The Big Sky (1952).  Kirk was last seen at the age of 101 at the Golden Globes in January 2018.  His last film was a 2008 tv movie.  Michael’s last film was the obscure Unlocked in 2017.  Before that, he was in Ant Man (2015), and he has three projects currently in production, including a tv series and an Ant Man sequel.

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Kirk Douglas as Jim Deakins in The Big Sky (1952).  Howard Hawks’ second film at RKO Studios, after the box office flop Bringing Up Baby (1938).

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Dewey Martin, Arthur Hunnicut and Kirk Douglas in a screencap from The Big Sky (1952).

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Hawks on the set of The Big Sky with Kirk Douglas

Howard Hawks shows Kirk Douglas how to throw a punch for The Big Sky (1951).

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Howard Hawks behind the scenes of The Big Sky (1951) with Kirk Douglas and Elizabeth Threatt.

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Director Howard Hawks, cinematographer Russell Harlan and star Kirk Douglas on location for The Big Sky (1951).

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A seemingly random group of Hollywood men gather for some unknown reason and to have their picture taken, including George Stevens, Charles Boyer, Clifton Webb, Charles Feldman, Kirk Douglas, Howard Hawks and Louis Jourdan.

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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).