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Movies: “Hud”

May 1, 1963 - “Hud,” a contemporary Western drama with Paul Newman (left), Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal (right), and Brandon de Wilde, is scheduled to open May 28. Martin Ritt directed the Paramount film. Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon (Douglas) has a conflict with his unscrupulous, arrogant son Hud (Newman), who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash. Housekeeper Alma (Neal, right) attracts the interest of both Hud and Hud’s nephew Lonnie (deWilde), who idolizes his uncle. “Hud” was filmed on location on the Texas Panhandle. Its screenplay, by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr., was based on Larry McMurtry’s 1961 novel, “Horseman, Pass By.” The film's title character, Hud Bannon, was a minor character in the original screenplay, but was reworked as the lead role.


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