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Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) Poster

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Neville Brand was surprised to be offered the role of half-Comanche scout Lightfoot, a part he felt he was badly unsuited for, but accepted it just because he liked working.
Andrew V. McLaglen said that the film is "not the usual John Wayne movie. It's a very deep, personal story about children neglected by a father who is just trying to do his job."
Most of the scenes showing John Wayne riding from a distance were filmed with Chuck Roberson substituting for Wayne.
The opening scene was filmed entirely in the studio.
The film was released in many cinemas as a double bill with The MacKintosh Man (1973).
John Wayne later said, "It just wasn't a well done picture. It needed better writing, it needed a little better care in making."
John Wayne was sixty-five years old at the time the movie was filmed. He had already had a cancerous lung removed and was suffering from emphysema. Wayne was so weakened that he had to use a stepladder to climb onto his horse in the film. In addition to his own declining health, news that his friend and mentor John Ford was dying of cancer forced the actor to consider his own mortality. After Ford's death in August 1973, Wayne told reporters, "I'm pretty much living on borrowed time."
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George Kennedy's mustache was a stick-on one.
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The film was originally to have been called "Wednesday Morning".
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The anti-racism subtext was written into the script in response to ongoing criticism of John Wayne's infamous May 1971 interview with Playboy magazine. However, the only African-American in the cast, Vance Davis, is listed in the credits as "Negro".
When the film was released, it was widely felt that John Wayne should have been playing the boys' grandfather, rather than their father.
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Denver Pyle actually was casted using his real name in the film "Denver".
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After he finished the film, John Wayne went to Seattle, Washington, to film McQ (1974). Since Wayne was on location, Warner Bros. decided to hold the premiere of Cahill in Seattle in 1973. Protesters appeared at the opening claiming the film was unfair to Native Americans.
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John Wayne's son Michael Wayne Thomas produced the film for his father's production company, Batjac, which produced many of Wayne's later films. The name 'Batjac' came from Wayne's film Wake of the Red Witch (1948).
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Studio publicity and DVD sleeve notes for this film state that the picture was "Filmed on location in the high desert of Durango, New Mexico".
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