George Raft and Joe E. Brown, to name only a few. Some of the stars are on the screen for only a few moments and you catch only fleeting glimpses of them.
The Todd players traveled to England, Spain, India and Japan to shoot portions of the picture, but most of the special effects were created in Hollywood or near Durango, Colo., where some of the highlights of the race across the United States were recorded.
Part of this journey had to be undertaken on a sailmobile improvised from a wagon that was made to travel along a railroad track. The vehicle looks like a wagon with a sail, to be sure, but it was built around a motor handcar. The picture company couldn't afford to wait for a stiff wind. Glass fiber and plastic were used to shape a sail that appears to be bellied by the wind.
In Colorado, Lee Zavitz had the job of finding a way to photograph, close-up, the thrilling ride of a bareback rider who was dashing through a forest. With the 140-degree bug-eye camera this promised to be a spectacular sequence on the screen.

Invisible Saddle

Zavitz built a tiny saddle for the horse, invisible to the camera, and attached a pair of shafts to it forward of the rider's legs. The shafts went straight toward the ground, then trailed to the rear where they were attached to the wheeled dolly that carried the camera. The horse actually tows the camera. The audience gets all the thrills of a wild ride through the woods.
Stunts like that are easy. The big special effect that called for lots of study and weeks of preparation was the building and wrecking of a miniature railroad trestle. In Colorado the film company made full-scale scenes of the locomotive and old-fashioned cars of a narrow-gauge railroad that is still operating. The story called for the train to make a dash across a trestle that had been weakened by a raging river below it. The 100-foot-tall trestle was to collapse just as the train safely cleared it.
The trestle is part of an existing railroad and couldn't be wrecked, so the scene was filmed in Hollywood.
First the mountain background had to be matched on a scale of about two inches to the foot. A small canyon in the Hollywood bills, literally a gully, was reshaped to conform to the appearance of the Rockies. A forest of miniature trees, each consisting of a stalk from the desert yucca bush drilled to accept juniper branches,

Popular Mechanics August, 1956
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