HOLLYWOOD: Epic in Durango

Moviemaking is often more fascinating than the resulting movie.

A couple of months ago, rakish Director John Huston took Stars Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster and Audie Murphy to the Mexican iron-mining town of Durango (pop. 59,500) to film The Unforgiven and save $600,000 (in Mexico, an Indian with horse costs $2 a day against $40 in Hollywood). Now Huston stands to spend an extra $1,000,000—the price of maintaining a vast army of cows and cowboys for a month more than expected.

Huston & Co. have certainly changed Durango. Its economy is giddily...

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