My brush with actors in a western movie, in six easy interviews

Gray Eagle movie

This publicity photo from the movie shows Alex Cord as Gray Eagle and Lana Wood as Beth Colter. The movie was filmed near Helena, Montana.

By Kevin S. Giles

It was a big deal, interviewing those movie actors in person for the newspaper. Natalie Wood’s sister Lana? Wow. And Ben Johnson, winner of an Academy Award? Yes.

I was a young writer at the Helena Independent Record when American International filmed “Gray Eagle” east of the city. Sensing an opportunity, I volunteered to write profiles of the top actors. Then the fun began.

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