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Folks say The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is no good, ‘ceptin’ for fightin’ and hell-raisin’.

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

I love this shot of the filming of Howard Hawks’ Sergeant York, starring Gary Cooper. It’s one of those shots that really encapsulate the epic nature of filmmaking.

I love the look of the studio, the set itself, the platform built for the camera to get this particular shot, the boom op perched above the serene looking Cooper and the shadow on the backdrop.

All that production to get a solitary shot of one man sitting by himself. That’s Hollywood, folks!

Hope you enjoy the pic! I’ve also included one that’s not really behind the scenes, but a production still that shows a little more what the camera is actually seeing. So you have one that shows the giant production surrounding a simple shot and then you see one that shows what it looks like all stripped away, focused to one view-point. Click to embiggen!




If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic will punch you in the boob!

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  • May 28, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    I love this film

    by I Max U Mini

    Alvin York was a backwoods badass!

  • May 28, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST



    This is the moment where York is contemplating the word of man versus the word of God & where he as a mere farmer should weigh in. This is a man trying to seek meaning, which led to one of the most astonishing single man triumphs in the history of war... LOVE THIS MOVIE!

  • May 28, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Where's . .. has risen from the gravy?

    by DrMorbius

    He should be Turd!

  • May 28, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    First pic had me thinking Army of Darkness

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 28, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Never seen the movie but this photo is incredible!

    by golden tribw


  • May 28, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Very Cool....

    by SobchakSecurity

    This is but one of the many truly standout BTS pics shown. I mean, I love the column and look forward to and enjoy whatever surprise you might have for us, and watch and wait for it every day, but this is one of those ones that just stands out amongst all of them. For me it's a great movie,great director,great actor from a great period in movie history time. Keep up the awesome work.

  • May 28, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Anyone else playing "L.A. Noire"?

    by Toe Jam

    Because that amazing first photo reminds me of portion of the game in which you're running around this really fantastic Hollywood set that, I think, is supposed to be of ancient Egypt. I can't more highly recommend "L.A. Noire" if you're into "golden" era Hollywood stuff like "L.A. Confidential" and behind-the-scenes photos like today's.

  • May 28, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    "Prepare to die, obviously."

    by Darkman

  • May 28, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see BTSP's for these movies...

    by Mel

    The Goonies, Tombstone, Dead Alive, and ET.

  • May 28, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Movie has a lot of depth

    by stillsberry

    As Harry said, the scene where he contemplates his passive faith versus aggressive faith is as good as anything on film.

  • May 28, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Dick Sergeant, Dick York...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...Sergeant York...?!

  • May 28, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Love the old backgrounds

    by alienindisguise

    and they still look better the cgi any day of the week.

  • May 28, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    that was Gary Cooper, asshole

    by SantosLHalper


  • like you said, Quint, "all that just for one shot"

  • May 28, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    @ToeJam: That set is INTOLERANCE.

    by onezeroone

    Though the real set was torn down sometime in 1916-17 [iirc]. It was D.W. Griffith's follow up to Birth Of A Nation, to silence all critics who blasted BOAN for being racist.

  • May 29, 2011, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Hey Quint....

    by SobchakSecurity

    Ever think of doing a weekly theme for the bts pic of a day? Like one week is all from Sam Peckinpah/The Wild Bunch movies, next is Disney, Next is James Cameron/Aliens,Paul Verhoeven/Robocop,etc. It actually might be more challenging just to see how much you can come up with for said idea/topic of choice. Oh, and if you're taking requests, I'd like to see alot more Sam Peckinpah bts stuff.Particularly Wild Bunch and Alfredo Garcia.

  • May 29, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    York and Cooper

    by Darrell

    one of our greatest hero's and one of our greatest actors...story has it the real York said he only wanted Cooper to play him in the movie.

  • May 29, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    York and Cooper

    by Darrell

    one of our greatest hero's and one of our greatest actors...story has it the real York said he only wanted Cooper to play him in the movie.

  • May 29, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Great Film.

    by Secretagentnumber6

    This is one of my top ten movies all time. Being from Tennessee this guy is a personal hero of mine and the movie is one of the best ever made. Great BTSPOD, probably my favorite so far.

  • May 29, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Now *that* is a behind the scenes shot

    by aversiontherapy2

    Perfect combination of interesting aspects of film making - the boom guy, the camera platform, etc - and photographic excellence - the shadow on the backdrop is fantastic! Best BtSPotD ever!

  • May 29, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    One of the best movies ever.

    by F-18

    Alvin York is a Tennessee and American hero.

  • May 29, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Great movie. Netflix has it, but not streaming.

    by SmokingRobot

  • May 29, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    LA Noire

    by Iahael

    Yeah, fantastic game, my methadone until Batman: Arkham City is released. T.'.

  • May 29, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    I thought it would be a pic from Oprah's last week.

    by v3d

  • May 29, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Cooper looks a little like Daniel Craig there...

    by Mistahtibbs

    ...all moody and like he wants to fuck somebody up. mt

  • May 29, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    And, DAMN, that man has long, skinny legs...

    by Mistahtibbs the pics though. Classic stuff. mt

  • May 30, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Do you guys reports news anymore... ?

    by Nick

  • May 31, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    "You'll be gettin' that bottom land, Alvin"

    by Gene_Parmesan

    "Every gall-darned bit of it." If you see a movie, and it has Walter Brennan in it. It's good.