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The following eleven photos are all behind the scenes shots from the making of John Wayne and John Ford’s “The Horse Soldiers” in 1959. (All photos courtesy Jerry Whittington.)

Together for the filming of “The Horse Soldiers” near Natchitouches, LA, are (L-R) unknown, William Holden, John Ford and John Wayne.

Together for the filming of “The Horse Soldiers” near Natchitouches, LA, are (L-R) unknown, William Holden, John Ford and John Wayne.

John Ford directs a “Horse Soldiers” scene with Constance Towers and John Wayne. Cinematographer William Clothier is behind Ford to the right of the camera.

John Ford directs a “Horse Soldiers” scene with Constance Towers and John Wayne. Cinematographer William Clothier is behind Ford to the right of the camera.

John Ford, beside the camera, sets up a scene with John Wayne in “The Horse Soldiers”.

John Ford, beside the camera, sets up a scene with John Wayne in “The Horse Soldiers”.

John Ford directs a scene in “The Horse Soldiers” with William Holden and John Wayne.

John Ford directs a scene in “The Horse Soldiers” with William Holden and John Wayne.

John Ford (center) talks over a “Horse Soldiers” scene with John Wayne, Constance Towers and William Holden. Believe that's Judson Pratt by the stepladder.

John Ford (center) talks over a “Horse Soldiers” scene with John Wayne, Constance Towers and William Holden. Believe that's Judson Pratt by the stepladder.

John Ford gives direction to John Wayne and William Holden before their big fight scene in “The Horse Soldiers”. Stuntman Fred Kennedy (seen here to the right playing a Cavalry sergeant) was killed in a horse-fall during the making of the film.

John Ford gives direction to John Wayne and William Holden before their big fight scene in “The Horse Soldiers”. Stuntman Cliff Lyons sits to the right. (Thanx in part to Don Danard.)

John Wayne talks with (possibly sound man Jack Solomon) during a break on “The Horse Soldiers”.

John Wayne talks with (possibly sound man Jack Solomon) during a break on “The Horse Soldiers”.

Setting up a scene in “The Horse Soldiers” are (L-R) unknown, possibly Stan Jones as General Grant, William Holden and John Wayne.

Setting up a scene in “The Horse Soldiers” are (L-R) unknown, possibly Stan Jones as General Grant, William Holden and John Wayne.

John Ford (L) sets up a scene for “The Horse Soldiers” in front of the Newton Station bar with William Holden, Willis Bouchey, John Wayne and unknown (William Wellman Jr.?)

John Ford (L) sets up a scene for “The Horse Soldiers” in front of the Newton Station bar with William Holden, Willis Bouchey, John Wayne and unknown (William Wellman Jr.?)

John Wayne and Hoot Gibson take a break from filming “The Horse Soldiers”.

John Wayne and Hoot Gibson take a break from filming “The Horse Soldiers”.

“The Horse Soldiers” was filmed in Louisiana and Mississippi between Oct. ‘58 and Jan. ‘59. Celebrating Christmas are (standing) William Holden and John Wayne, (seated) Anna Lee, John Ford, Constance Towers.

“The Horse Soldiers” was filmed in Louisiana and Mississippi between Oct. ‘58 and Jan. ‘59. Celebrating Christmas are (standing) William Holden and John Wayne, (seated) Anna Lee, John Ford, Constance Towers.

Hopalong Cassidy and Topper in the 1952 Rose Parade. (Thanx to Jerry Whittington.)

Hopalong Cassidy and Topper in the 1952 Rose Parade. (Thanx to Jerry Whittington.)

Johnny Mack Brown performing a running crouper mount. (Thanx to Jerry Whittington.)

Johnny Mack Brown performing a running crouper mount. (Thanx to Jerry Whittington.)

Tim Holt visited Brookhaven Elementary in Brookhaven, MS, while appearing at a Mississippi rodeo in 1954. (Thanx to Jerry Whittington.)

Tim Holt visited Brookhaven Elementary in Brookhaven, MS, while appearing at a Mississippi rodeo in 1954. (Thanx to Jerry Whittington.)

Buck and Dell Jones on “twin” Silvers. (Thanx to Bobby Copeland.)

Buck and Dell Jones on “twin” Silvers. (Thanx to Bobby Copeland.)

Pat Buttram clowns around as Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger) and Roy Rogers compare six-guns.

Pat Buttram clowns around as Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger) and Roy Rogers compare six-guns.

Sunset Carson at a 1957 Cerebral Palsy telethon. (Thanx to Jerry Whittington.)

Sunset Carson at a 1957 Cerebral Palsy telethon. (Thanx to Jerry Whittington.)

Ed “Archie” Gardner and guest Brace (“Lone Ranger”) Beemer during a “Duffy’s Tavern” radio show rehearsal break.

Ed “Archie” Gardner and guest Brace (“Lone Ranger”) Beemer during a “Duffy’s Tavern” radio show rehearsal break.

Party time! Lash LaRue (center) with (L-R) unknown, Nashville musician Jimmy Snyder, Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills and Nash), unknown, Hoyt Axton, unknown, Honky Tonk Bill Thompson, unknown.

Party time! Lash LaRue (center) with (L-R) unknown, Nashville musician Jimmy Snyder, Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills and Nash), unknown, Hoyt Axton, unknown, Honky Tonk Bill Thompson, unknown.

The Republic camera truck readies a running insert shot with Bob Livingston in 1940. (Thanx to Jerry Whittington.)

The Republic camera truck readies a running insert shot with Bob Livingston in 1940. (Thanx to Jerry Whittington.)

 

Randolph Scott munches on a chicken drumstick during a lunch break from filming ?? (Thanx to Terry Cutts.)

Randolph Scott munches on a chicken drumstick during a lunch break from
filming ?? (Thanx to Terry Cutts.)

Tony Numkena and Keith Larsen pose for the camera during a break in the filming of TV’s “Brave Eagle”. (Thanx to Tony Numkena.)

Tony Numkena and Keith Larsen pose for the camera during a break in the filming of TV’s “Brave Eagle”. (Thanx to Tony Numkena.)

Cowboy pilot Ken Maynard (R) and friend in the ‘30s.

Cowboy pilot Ken Maynard (R) and friend in the ‘30s.

Audie Murphy at home with his son four year old Terry and wife Pamela.

Audie Murphy at home with his son four year old Terry and wife Pamela.

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