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posted 27 May 2003 11:03 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The old thread is closed, but I just came across this, which mentions the fate of many of those involved in "The Conqueror," which was cited as a bad movie on that thread:

And a Hollywood film crew including John Wayne, Susan Hayward and Thomas Gomez were in the Escalante Desert near St. George that summer filming The Conqueror. More than 90 people on the film crew developed cancers years later, and many died including the three stars.

Uncle Sam gave the Duke the Big C

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posted 27 May 2003 11:35 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, Wayne at least had an excellent chance of getting cancer anyway. According to the A & E biography I just saw, he smoked three to four packs a day into his 50s, when he was first diagnosed with lung cancer.

But according to this page, the number of people getting cancer on that production was well above the odds.

In 1953, the military had tested 11 atomic bombs at Yucca Flats, Nevada, which resulted in immense clouds of fallout floating downwind. Much of the deadly dust funneled into Snow Canyon, Utah, where a lot of The Conqueror was shot. The actors and crew were exposed to the stuff for 13 weeks, no doubt inhaling a fair amount of it in the process, and Hughes later shipped 60 tons of hot dirt back to Hollywood to use on a set for retakes, thus making things even worse.

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