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Take 2! The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is gonna show you what happens to people who ride on its train without a ticket!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

So, I fucked up yesterday. Happens a lot, so it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise by now, but I was sent a photo of Lee Marvin on a train that was supposedly from Emperor of the North and I took it at face value. I mean, it was Lee Marvin on a train. But some eagle-eyed readers quickly spotted my error and pointed out that the photo was actually from another great Marvin film: The Professionals.

So, my mea culpa is to dig up a really cool set of polaroids taken on the set of Emperor of the North by the grandmother of one of the readers of this very column, Ms. Sharryl Lattion, who was a chauffer on the set.

There are three polaroids, featuring each of the three leads: Lee Marvin, Keith Carradine and Ernest Borgnine, with some of his final fight bloody make-up on.

So, no way I messed up this one (I type as I look around like a mad man, waiting for something to go wrong)! This is without a doubt Emperor of the North.



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  • May 14, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Now thats some cool shit

    by Kammich

  • May 14, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Five Hunderd & Twenty Fifth??

    by Tarantinos_Forehead

  • May 14, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Lee Marvin was one scary looking fucker.


    Reminds me of my old man.

  • May 14, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Still was hoping for Jay And Silent Bob Strikes Back

    by thelordofhell

  • May 14, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Those are Fuckin Awesome

    by Kal-El Hartley


  • while chewing on a handfull of roofing nails.

  • May 14, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Lee freakin' Marvin!

    by Manatee

    Love that dude! He would use one of those Twilight ferries as dental floss and then flush him down the toilet like a worthless turd. It's depressing to realize that a guy like Lee Marvin could never have a career nowadays.

  • May 14, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST


    by Manatee

    I am disappoint.

  • May 14, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I love the fact that some AICN readers

    by Ditko

    actually know their Marvin well enough to spot things like that. Have a drink on me, guys! Cheers.

  • May 14, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by scors54

    Was the original pick to play Quint in "Jaws", but it obviously fell through--don't remember exactly why. That might have been interesting. But, tough as Robert Shaw was, I think they would have had to end with Marvin swallowing the shark if he had played him...

  • May 14, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    That was a pretty good movie

    by rev_skarekroe

    Kinda makes you want to be a hobo.

  • Sadly, my knowledge of film is pretty much limited to that made in my lifetime (1979 on), but a lot of these BTS photos have prompted me to look up and read about pre-1979 movies, and damned if most of them don't sound like really good flicks. I have to admit it certainly seems like Hollywood is running out of original ideas and are instead relying on tried-and-true formulas and straight-up remakes. I need to take more time to go back and watch these originals that were made before my time.

  • May 14, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Lee Marvin

    by Dark Doom

    A #1 mthr fcker!!!

  • May 14, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    i've clicked on every one of these...

    by Noddy93

    and for the first time i actually saved an image. these kick ass.

  • May 14, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    ahoy, Quint! A squirt here...

    by Tigger Tales

    So you're saying you received these polaroids because you messed up on yesterday's? Well, I am glad you screwed up, because these 3 shots are my favorite ones that you've run yet. KEITH CARRADINE LOOKS SO BADASS. WAIT--THEY ALL DO.

  • May 14, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    i love this movie

    by Superponte

    soooo good.

  • May 14, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Now THESE are Behind the Scenes pics

    by OutsideChance

    That one of Lee Marvin is especially great.

  • May 14, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    I would like to see this movie...

    by The Bear

    ...but Neflix only seems to have the "full screen" version. No letterbox? That's a true shit sandwich.

  • May 15, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    What an incredible set of photos to have/to have taken.

    by George Newman

    These are amazing, particularly Lee Marvin; HO-LY CRAP!!!!!!

  • May 15, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Marvin and Jaws

    by Con Shonnery

    Don't know if this is true or not but if it isn't it should be. Apparently when Marvin was offered the part in Jaws he said "I catch fish. I don't act with 'em!" There's a five part tribute to him by John Boorman on youtube that's well worth watching. Just search for "Lee Marvin John Boorman" and you'll find it.

  • May 15, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Borgnine was a sadistic fuck in this

    by caruso-stalker217

    And Lee Marvin used a chicken as a weapon, if memory serves.

  • May 15, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    bales_crackhead_role_oscar re: Marvin vs Coburn

    by SutureSelf

    <p>There's no question that James Coburn was a very cool screen presence and was highly enjoyable in everything I've ever seen him in, but to invoke him as a way to denigrate Lee Marvin and to brand Lee Marvin as a "wannabe <b>at best</b>" is so ludicrous on the face of it that it hardly deserves a response. But, ludicrous as the idea is, it is also kind of seductive, so I'm responding.</p> <p>Lee Marvin was a Marine Corps sniper in WWII. He was wounded n action during a battle in which the majority of his unit were killed. There was no wannabee about him. He was the definition of the real deal.</p> <p>In the field of acting, the argument can be made that someone who was not a tough guy or genuinely macho in actuality can seem perfectly natural as one on screen. It should also go without saying that being genuinely macho does not confer any acting chops on a man, so a "real deal" tough guy in life can come off as forced or inauthentic on screen. The latter case was not so concerning Lee Marvin. At least from my perspective, his Marine Corps style of no-nonsense toughness was perfectly authentic on screen. I foe one have never perceived him as trying too hard. There was little affectation in his craft and there was plenty of nuance and color. If you haven't seen it, watch "Cat Ballou."</p> <p>If you enjoy James Coburn more than Lee Marvin, then by all means knock yourself out. But your premise that Lee Marvin was "at best" a wannabe is unfounded on the face of it and invoking James Coburn does not succeed in making it less so.</p>

  • May 15, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    the "no ticket" line is from Dogma if I remember correctly not JASBSB...think Silent Bob says it after he throws Matt Damon and Affleck off the back of the train

  • May 15, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I thought it would be, Last Crusade. When you said, No Ticket

    by Orionsangels

    and not Jay & Silent Bob like that idiot above thought. Jay & Silent Bob used the line from Last Crusade. We all know it comes from Last Crusade. Except that moron above.

  • May 15, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    These photos are almost as good --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- as the recent stills of Jennifer Aniston sucking on a banana.

  • May 15, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    raskolnikov_was_framed was correct...

    by Fletch Gannon

    The topic of this article was: 'what happens to people who ride on its train without a ticket!' so it makes sense to think of a Kevin Smith flick rather then 'Last Crusade' which would have been: 'what happens to people who ride airships without a ticket!'. I myself thought it was a Smith flick just because the topic mentioned trains. Orionsangels, next time don't be such an asshole and think. At the very least brush up on your movies. And sutureself, great post...I agree with you 100%!

  • May 15, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST


    by DefyThis

    Umm wasn't it Dogma where Silent Bob uses the "no ticket" line, when the Angels are on the train? I keep seeing Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back being mentioned...

  • May 15, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    real damn photos

    by leonardo_dicraprio

    these are good. damn good. damn!

  • May 15, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Love Marvin but as far as him in "Jaws"...

    by OutsideChance

    ...people need to remember that Robert Shaw is the one who wrote (or co-wrote depending on who you believe) Quint's "Indianapolis" monologue. If Marvin had been cast, Quint's defining moment (and one of the greatest moments in movie history) simply wouldn't exist.

  • May 15, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST


    by Noddy93

    you are my hero for this day, Sunday, May 15, 2011.

  • May 16, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Yes because Indy 3 was on the zeppelin

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    It said train.

  • May 16, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    The Borg was badass in this.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Borgninecan go from cute and cuddly to mean son of a bitch in a heatbeat depending on the role. He was the former in The Dirty Dozen, again with Marvin.

  • May 16, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    One of the best movies ever!

    by Nasty_Nick

    I love this film. Great pictures.

  • May 16, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by RottNElsewhere

    Not that I dislike Shaw at all, or the idea of Marvin (maybe) as Quint ... Wasn't SpielB's first choice actor/captain Sterling Hayden? Yeah he was in a million obscure pics and hated the business and all, but talk about one scary fucker who (with his own unblinking "dolls eyes" and like six/half feet tall) would've cemented the fatalistic man vs beast thing happening (though would've overshadowed the main story of JAWS, which wasn't about Quint himself). Hayden would've been too over the top, near-mythic. Shaw's Quint was nuts - and we know why - and we never forgot he was human (esp after his Indianaplois speech, which yes probably would've been absent if Hayden was cast - which reinforces the point - so obsessed that he isn't human any more, just a "remorseless killing machine") . Hayden in STRANGELOVE was scary as hell (I don't recall him blinking more than once or twice, if); LONG GOODBYE all pissed off and fucked up on Aquavit; even the 3 seconds he was in GODFATHER (the monstrous scowl on his face as Michael blows him away) ... Check out his autobio WANDERER (up to the early 60s). Among all else, a bit of info on the sort of money/tax bugs that were to (among all else here too) throttle his casting in JAWS. (and of course check out EOTN/P)

  • May 16, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Poseidon Adventure is my personal favorite.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I would not want to mess with Rogo in real life. He was fun in EFNY, and left the badassery to Kurt Russell.

  • May 16, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    bales_crackhead_role_oscar re:

    by SutureSelf

  • May 16, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    bales_crackhead_role_oscar re: Marvin vs. Coburn pt.2

    by SutureSelf

    <p>With due respect, you've misstated my line of reasoning. In fact, I addressed your very point in the third paragraph of my first post. Let me excerpt it here: "It should also go without saying that being genuinely macho does not confer any acting chops on a man, so a 'real deal' tough guy in life can come off as forced or inauthentic on screen. The latter case was not so concerning Lee Marvin. At least from my perspective, his Marine Corps style of no-nonsense toughness was perfectly authentic on screen. I for one have never perceived him as trying too hard." My "answer to that one" was given before you asked the question.</p> <p>You've offered no support for your key assertion and using Coburn as an example of a "legit badass contrasted with faux badass" is like using chocolate as a "legit flavor" to show that vanilla is a "faux flavor" or using Mozart as a "legit composer" to show that Beethoven was a "faux composer." No example or list of examples of "legit" entities can demonstrate that an entity not listed is "faux." It is <i>this</i> line of reasoning that is fallacious.</p>

  • May 17, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Behind the Scenes info

    by Sharryl Lattion

    So, I sent these in, and was pleasantly surprised to see them on AICN today. I got a little more info about them from another family member who was there. I guess they weren't taken by my Grandmother, but by my great aunt. There were some issues with the camera, and she couldn't get it to work. She fumbled with it, until the cinematographer snatched the camera from her, and proceeded to photograph the cast. So I guess these pictures were taken by Joseph Biroc.