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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection - Viva Max! (1969)

Emil Wesselsky

Silent | 1969

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  •  The vehicle operated by horse trainer and wrangler Ralph McCutcheon 
  •  F&B Ceco Inc. vehicle, the largest motion picture rental facility at the time 
  •  English actor Peter Ustinov in his dressing room 
  •  The novel Viva Max! written by James Lehrer 
  •  Camera operator on crane in the Alamo plaza in San Antonio 
  •  Ustinov on horseback followed by his Mexican brigade  
  •  Female lead and model Pamela Tiffin signing autographs 
  •  Actor and famous comedian Jonathan Winters signing autographs  
  •  Actor Harry Morgan signing autographs 
  •  Protest sign in the crowds 
  •  Horse trainer Ralph McCutcheon with horse 
  •  Actor John Astin in costume 
  •  Director Jerry Paris working through a scene with actors 
  •  Footage changes to an older couple vacationing in New Orleans  
  •  Loyala Univ. street sign and cable car 
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This home movie captures scenes of the VIVA MAX! set in downtown San Antonio outside of the Alamo as the movie was filmed in 1969. Viva Max! is a comedy directed by Jerry Paris based on the novel by news anchor James Lehrer. The film stars Peter Ustinov as Max, a Mexican general who decides to recapture the Alamo in efforts to impress his girlfriend. Other stars include model Pamela Tiffin and comedian Jonathan Winters, in addition to future M*A*S*H* star Harry Morgan and John Astin from the Addams Family. During the making of this movie, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, along with other historical groups, staged multiple protests in attempts to prevent filming at The Alamo. They claimed that the film was “desecrating the memory” of The Alamo. One particularly contentious moment was when the production actually flew the Mexican flag over the Alamo for a scene, causing the many Mexican American extras to cheer. As a result of the protests, some scenes were filmed in a replica set of the Alamo in Bracketville, Texas off of Highway 674 in addition to interior scenes shot in Italy and Hollywood.