Agar played Lt. Michael Shannon and was newly married to his Miss Philadelphia Thursday co-star Shirley Temple. Ford constantly called him “Mr Temple” in front of the cast and crew and criticized his lack of riding experience and the way he delivered lines. This seriously affected Hagar one day, causing him to storm off set and claim that he was leaving the film.
To help defuse the situation, Wayne, who played Captain Kirby York, accompanied the young actor and mentored him through the more difficult aspects of the production. The 26-year-old never forgot the Western legend’s kindness to him, later saying, “I’d go to hell and back for Duke.”
Incredibly, despite all they had to endure, both Wayne and Fonda couldn’t deny Ford’s sheer genius as a filmmaker.
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