Re: RARA-AVIS: OT: Another Comment on Mainwaring

From: JT Lindroos (
Date: 08 Jul 2002

> Warren also recounts a minor controversy over a week's worth of
> script polishing claimed by Sam Peckinpah. Siegel denies the claim.
> Warren believes that Peckinpah actually did provide the re-writes,
> but that Siegel's subsequent memories of his friendship with Mainwaring
> have overridden that occurrence.

This is not correct-according to a couple of biographies on Peckinpah it was something like a drug-induced attempt at claiming credits, and later the inability to acknowledge the screw-up. He did eventually say during a late interview (early 80s, IIRC), that he did not have anything to do with the rewrite, prompted, I think, by Mainwaring demanding him to do so. BLOODY SAM provides a lot of details, but I don't have it handy and am going just by what I remember. The Garner Simmons book, PORTRAIT IN MONTAGE also says something to this effect.

Mainwaring did a rather nice western novel, under the much-used pseudonym Philip Yordan (who was a real person, but mostly a front for blacklisted screenwriters), MAN OF THE WEST (which, though Yordan is credited for writing many Anthony Mann westerns, has nothing to do with the Mann western of that title-it's all rather confusing). I have a couple of his novels written as Homes, and remember them minor, likable if not hard-boiled. THEN THERE WERE THREE, I think, and CASE OF THE MEXICAN KNIFE.


JT Lindroos / Graphic Designer /

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