- Audie Murphy was reportedly furious when he learned that "Showdown" would be in black and white for budget reasons. But the b&w seems appropriate for this western because Murphy's character is the perfect film noir hero.
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Where was Showdown filmed 1963? Showdown is a stark, grim movie, with a short running time (under 80 minutes), made on a tight budget. The outdoor scenes were shot around Lone Pine, but to save money, the movie was shot in black-and-white, a decision that made Murphy furious.
Showdown was shot in black and white to save money which infuriated Murphy but he still made the movie. Producer Gordon Kay says it earned no less than other Murphy films of the period. See also. List of American films of 1963; References
He made one other western with Audie Murphy entitled "Bullet for a Badman" with Darren McGavin. Essentially, "Showdown" is nothing to shout about as far as westerns go. This Universal International Release was filmed in black & white rather than color to conserve on costs.
Carpet sweeper was invented in 1876. Like the carpet/rug sweeper, this movie just goes back and forth with flashbacks of the two main characters friendships from boys to men. No one would ever believe Martin or Hudson, could pass for tough guys, not even just pretending to be tough. It should have been filmed in black and white.
Showdown: Directed by R.G. Springsteen. With Audie Murphy, Kathleen Crowley, Charles Drake, Harold J. Stone. A cowboy has to get 12,000 dollars in stolen bonds from the ex-girlfriend of his partner, or the gang holding him hostage will kill him.
- R.G. Springsteen