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One-Eyed Jacks (1961) was a Western - Drama Film directed by Marlon Brando and produced by George Glass, Walter Seltzer and Frank P. Rosenberg.

Academy Awards 1961 --- Ceremony Number 34 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyCharles Lang, Jr.Nominated
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One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

By Beatrice on Jun 10, 2017 From Flickers in Time

One-Eyed Jacks Directed by Marlon Brando Written by Guy Trosper and Calder Willingham from a novel by Charles Neider 1961/USA Pennebaker Productions First viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die This is an OK Western but I think I could have died without seeing it. As t... Read full article


Video of the Week: “One-Eyed Jacks”

By Marisa on Dec 2, 2015 From The Timothy Carey Experience

Our video for “Timothy In Color Week” is the full-length feature film directed by (his only effort) and starring Marlon Brando, One-Eyed Jacks (1961). Tim absconds with his scenes as Howard Tetley, town drunk, bully and lech. Several of Tim’s scenes, such as the one where he fight... Read full article


Pic of the Day: “One-Eyed Jacks” revisited

By Marisa on Jul 17, 2015 From The Timothy Carey Experience

On the heels of recent news that a restoration of One-Eyed Jacks (1961) is finally taking place, today’s pic revisits Marlon Brando‘s sole directorial effort. Howard Tetley, town drunk and boorish lout, gets lost in the craziness during fiesta time in Monterey. The discussion on the res... Read full article


Video of the Week: “One-Eyed Jacks” trailer

By Marisa on Jun 24, 2015 From The Timothy Carey Experience

This week’s video offering is another one from the archives. It’s a rather unusual trailer for Marlon Brando‘s sole directorial effort, One-Eyed Jacks (1961). It differs from most trailers in that it mixes stills with film footage, and in its length (almost 5 minutes). Naturally, ... Read full article


Pic of the Day: “One-Eyed Jacks” transparency

By Marisa on May 22, 2014 From The Timothy Carey Experience

Whoa everybody, I apologize for being away most of this week! I got sidelined with a bad cold. Today, though, I am back with something really special. I promise to post a better scan of this as soon as I figure out how to scan transparencies (apparently I have to make a folded paper doohickey…... Read full article


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Quotes from

Bob: We brought you along because you're supposed to be the big man with the iron; but I think now I could even out pull you.
Rio: You're probably right, Bob. You probably could put six in me by the time I put that one into you.


Rio: You may be a one eyed jack around here, but I've seen the other side of your face.


Rio: I don't know, Dad. You may not want me around too long. You may be retired from robbin' banks, Dad; but I'm still in business.


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The character of Rio originally was based on Billy the Kid, as recounted in Charles Neider's novel "The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones." Sam Peckinpah, who wrote an early version of the script and who later went on to direct Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, said in a 1973 "Playboy" magazine interview that Marlon Brando would not play a villain, and Billy the Kid most definitely was a villain. Peckinpah's 1973 film shares some narrative elements with this film and it also featured "Jacks" co-stars Slim Pickens and Katy Jurado.
Marlon Brando would sit near the ocean for hours waiting for the waves to become more dramatic for his perfect shots.
Stanley Kubrick, who originally was slated to direct the film, wanted Spencer Tracy to play Sheriff Dad Longworth. Marlon Brando, whose production company already had Karl Malden on salary, refused to replace him with Tracy.
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