A Columbia Studios unit is here filming a western without villains, bandits, rustlers or mortgage-bound heroine.
The film untitled as yet is based on "My Reminiscences As A Cowboy," by Frank Harris an Irishman who came to, this country and, after serving for a time as an eastern hotel clerk, came west to find his fortune.
The El Paso stockyards, denuded of electric lighting and telephone wires to achieve realism of the 1870s is being used as a background for the appearance of Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon, Brian Donlevy and Victor Manuel Mendoza, the latter a top Mexican movie star.
The remainder of the outdoor shots will be made in and near Santa Fe, N. M.
To portray an aristocratic Spanish girl Columbia 'has assigned' Anna Kashfi, a new star on the lot.
Miss Kashfi, undoubtedly beautiful, and there is no question she is a Hindu from India with all the sultry Oriental trappings of her home. But there must be at least 5000 available women of Spanish and Mexican origin in Hollywood just yearning for the chance to play a Spanish aristocrat opposite Mr. Ford.
He Was Blacked Out
And the unit brought along three tons of earth for a sandstorm scene here. When shooting started yesterday the wind and horses' feet kicked up enough native dust to nearly blind the camera crew and Director Delmer Daves. El Pasoans considered it a very calm, dust-free day in comparison with some recent dust storms.
Ford, who has made two still unreleased film's since his big hit in "Teahouse of the August Moon," moved about the scene yesterday so unobtrusively that most of the several hundred spectators didn't know he was present.
Photo: 06/14/1957 Appering as cowboys in "Reminiscences of a Cowboy," color feature being filmed in El Paso and at Santa Fe, N.M. are (left to right) Bill Rhinehart, Gerald Roberts, twice world's champion cowboy; John Cason and Richard Jaeckel, a featured star. Shooting on the Columbia picture began Thursday at El Paso's Union Stockyards and will continue here through Saturday. The film also featured Jack Lemmon.