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Visions of Grandeur

The wagons, cattle and pioneers forge their way through the water and mud.

of accidents and broken bones. Walsh's
roughneck crew - which included exTexas Rangers, Chicago gunmen,
Swedish sailors and ex-Marines - also

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took to brawling.
Another source of friction was
drinking, with the cast getting hooked
on Prohibition-era moonshine called

"moose milk." Walsh blamed the drinking binge on the film's New York-based
cast, whom he took to calling "the
Booze Trust."
"The name of the picture should
have become The Big Drunk," Walsh
would later crack in his autobiography,
Each Man in His Time. "The cast probably scattered more empty whiskey
bottles over the Western plains than all
the pioneers."
At night, animals ran rampant
through the camp. Pack rats ran off with
actor Bill Mack's toupee, actress
Marguerite Churchill's earrings, and
actor Tully Marshall's false teeth. One
crewmember awoke with a bear cub on
his chest, cozily cuddled up to his beard;
a cook quit after a moose stuck its head
into the mess tent, while another moose
kicked actor El Brendel in the groin.
In the midst of the chaos, Walsh
remained a tower of strength, impressing both cast and crew with his leadership. "He was a gallant man," relates



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