The movie that put Charlie on the map in Hollywood. He's great as Captain Jack, opposition to hero Alan Ladd. The two have a nice fight at Sedona's Slide Rock area during the film's climax. This is the first film in which he went by Charles Bronson rather than Charles Buchinski. The New York Times noticed and claimed Charlie was "the most muscular Indian ever to have brandished a rifle before a camera".
This film shows Bronson in his most extreme muscularity ever! Unlike Chatos's Land where he probably dieted extremely to get "cut" but had the disadvantage of being about 18 years older than the 1954 Drum Beat film, he lacked the size that he had when he was younger. I can't believe he was able to develop his physique from coal mining since this activity would be too repitiicious and would result in tendon strength but more wiry smaller frame. I feel that once in the Air Force he may have trained with weights and possibly boxed thereby setting his young genetically ideal frame to easy muscle growth further inhanced by regular gym attendance while living in Philadelphia and once aspiring to act he may have been advised to cut calories in order to get as defined as possible since the camera makes you look 10 pounds heavier. At any rate I've found virtually no info regarding his diet or exercise program in any web site or book.
I would love to have Harriet's take on this but don't know his to contact her or even any of his relatives. I'd like to see a picture of his father. it almost seems that his diet/training he wanted kept locked up !
Post by Mean Little Ass-Kicker on Jan 29, 2014 15:28:06 GMT -5
Welcome to the forum, rasagreen!
She has a Facebook page to promote her book Charlie & Me, it looks like she's running it. I haven't tried contacting her, but you could always give it a shot. Here's the link: www.facebook.com/harriettbronson
You make sounds like you're a mean little ass-kicker... only I ain't convinced. You keep talking and I'm gonna take your head off.