A photo on the set of “The Iron Mistress” with Alan Ladd and Gary Cooper .
But this photo looks like a lobby card which would normally feature scenes from the film. Unusual.
The year is 1952 and Gary made two films that year – HIGH NOON and SPRINGFIELD RIFLE.
Alan practices with fencing expert Fred Cavens.
On the set with Virginia Mayo.
This was Alan’s first film at Warner Brothers after his long tenure at Paramount.
Like so many other historical characters, Jim Bowie has appeared in several films over the years.
In “Heroes of the Alamo” (1937), Jim Bowie was played by Roger Williams. And many years before John Wayne played Davy Crockett, in he same film, Crockett was played by Lane Chandler.
In “The Last Command” (1955), Sterling Hayden was Bowie.
The above photo has most of the principal players :
Sterling Hayden, Richard Carlson, Ben Cooper, Jim Davis, Slim Pickens, John Russell, and Arthur Hunnicutt as Davy Crockett.
In “Commanche Territory”, MacDonald Carey took on the role of Bowie.
In “The First Texan”, Jeff Morrow gave us another Jim Bowie. ( The film starred Joel McCrea as ‘Sam Houston.’)
( Jeff will be remembered for the role of ‘Exeter’ in THIS ISLAND EARTH.)
And the biggest film to feature Jim Bowie was The Alamo , with Richard Widmark as Bowie.
From 1956 to 1958, Scott Forbes became the famous Bowie.
All the portrayals of Jim Bowie probably had little to do with the real character, but that’s Hollywood!