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Movies: “Hud”

May 29, 1963 - Today’s new film is “Hud,” a Western film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Brandon deWilde, and Patricia Neal. It was produced by Ritt and Newman's recently founded company, Salem Productions, and is their first film for Paramount Pictures. “Hud” was filmed on location on the Texas Panhandle, including Claude, Texas. The screenplay by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. is 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. 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. The dead brother’s son, Lonnie (deWilde), idolizes his Uncle Hud. Miss Neal plays housekeeper Alma Brown, who draws the interest of both Hud and Lonnie.

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