HERE'S TO THE LADIES...OF "13 DAYS TO GLORY", THAT IS...
Singer/Actress Kathleen "Bird" York portrayed Susanna Dickinson in the made for television production, "13 Days To Glory". (She didn't get to sing in her role, though, like Anna Maria Alberghetti and Joan O'Brien did.
The next time you happen to view the 1987 TV movie "13 Days To Glory", look for actress Laura Henning. The Mexican born San Antonio resident got her screen debut at 22 as Santa Anna's (Raul Julia's) bogus bride.
A survivor in real life, Ms. Herring overcame the trauma of being shot in the head in a senseless drive by shooting in 1976. Later, during a stint in the Phillippines as a restaurant worker, she was stranded for eight months in the islands when her infatuated boss stole her passport.
After "13 Days", Laura went on to star in the TV series, "Sunset Beach". She received notiriety for her role in the 2001 film noir, "Mulholland Drive." Ms. Henning's most recent role was as John Travolta's wife in "The Punisher".
Another "13 Days To Glory" alumni is actress Laura Fabian, who starred as Danny Cloud's Tejana girlfriend, Graciela. Laura is seen here in a recent fan photo.
My absolute favorite Santa Anna is Raul Julia, hands down. If this is not what Santa Anna was like, then it is what he should've been like.
A short bio and filmography on Raul...
Date of birth 9 March 1940 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Date of death 24 October 1994
Raul Julia married a young woman named Mago Vasallo Arcelay, who happened to be related, in Puerto Rico. The marriage dissolved, causing Julia to immigrate to New York where he began pursuing an acting career. Raul Julia has two sisters who are still living and one brother named Carlos Julia who died in a car accident in Puerto Rico. Met Margaret Levy in New York in 1970 while she was studying acting. A year and a half later, Margaret returned to Mexico City, Mexico where she gave birth to Raul Julia’s first-born son. Raul Julia married Merrill Poloway, a former dancer, and they had two sons named Benjamin and Raul.
1. Down Came a Blackbird (1995) (TV) .... Tomas Ramirez ... aka Ramirez (1995) (TV)
2. Street Fighter: The Movie (1994/II) (VG) .... M. Bison
3. Street Fighter (1994) .... Gen. M. Bison ... aka Street Fighter: The Battle for Shadaloo (1994) ... aka Street Fighter: The Movie (1994/I) ... aka Street Fighter: The Ultimate Battle (1994)
4. Burning Season, The (1994) (TV) .... Chico Mendes
5. Addams Family Values (1993) .... Gomez Addams
6. Peste, La (1992) .... Cottard ... aka Plague, The (1992)
7. Addams Family, The (1991) .... Gomez Addams
8. Havana (1990) (uncredited) .... Arturo Duran
9. Rookie, The (1990) .... Strom
10. Frankenstein Unbound (1990) .... Dr. Victor Frankenstein ... aka Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound (1990)
11. Presumed Innocent (1990) .... Sandy Stern
12. Mack the Knife (1990) .... MacHeath ... aka Threepenny Opera, The (1990)
13. Romero (1989) .... Archbishop Oscar Romero
14. Penitent, The (1988) .... Ramon Guerola ... aka Penitentes, Los (1988) (Mexico)
17. Moon Over Parador (1988) .... Roberto Strausmann
18. Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988) (TV) .... Aristotle Onassis ... aka Onassis (1988) (TV) ... aka Richest Man in the World, The (1988) (TV)
19. Trading Hearts (1987) .... Vinnie Iacona
20. Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory, The (1987) (TV) .... Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
21. Florida Straits (1986) (TV) .... Carlos Jayne
22. Morning After, The (1986) .... Joaquin Manero
23. Gran fiesta, La (1985)
24. "Mussolini: The Untold Story" (1985) (mini) TV Series .... Count Galeazzo Ciano
25. Compromising Positions (1985) .... David Suarez
26. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) .... Valentin Arregui ... aka Beijo da Mulher Aranha, O (1985) (Brazil)
27. Tempest (1982) .... Kalibanos
28. Escape Artist, The (1982) .... Stu Quinones
29. One from the Heart (1982) .... Ray
30. Life of Sin, A (1979) .... Paulo
31. Othello (1979) (V) .... Othello
32. Strong Medicine (1979)
33. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) (as R.J.) .... Michael Reisler
34. Gumball Rally, The (1976) .... Franco Bertollini (Ferrari team)
35. Death Scream (1975) (TV) .... Detective Nick Rodriguez ... aka Streetkill (1975) (TV) ... aka Woman Who Cried Murder, The (1975) (TV)
36. King Lear (1974) (TV) .... Edmund
37. "Sesame Street" (1969) TV Series .... Rafael (1971-1972) ... aka "Amis de Sésame, Les" (1969) (Canada: French title) ... aka "Canadian Sesame Street" (1969) (Canada: English title) ... aka "New Sesame Street, The" (1969) (USA: new syndication title) ... aka "Open Sesame" (2001) (New Zealand: English title: new syndication title) ... aka "Sesame Park" (1969) (Canada: English title)
38. Organization, The (1971) .... Juan Mendoza
39. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (1971) .... Juan Carlos Rosenbloom
40. Panic in Needle Park, The (1971) .... Marco, Junkie Artist
41. McCloud: Who Killed Miss U.S.A.? (1970) (TV) .... Father Nieves ... aka Portrait of a Dead Girl (1970) (TV) (USA: reissue title)
42. Stiletto (1969)
43. "Love of Life" (1951) TV Series .... Role Unknown (Year Unknown)
MIKE BOLDT SAYS: I know that 13 Days to Glory carries the reputation of not being the best Alamo film ever made, but my good friend Tony "The Phantom" Pasqua was an extra on the set and took some great pictures. Hopefully I can post these photos. If not... HELP, NED!
Tony Pasqua and Hinton Battle (Joe)
Tony Pasqua and Ethan Wayne (The Duke's son)
Brian Keith's death scene, as Crockett
Tony Pasqua and the Chapel
Tony Pasqua and Soldado friends
Setting up a death scene (Danny Cloud's, hopefully)
Tony Pasqua and Raul Julia (Santa Anna)
As Tony recalls, he saw Raul Julia on the set one day and very politely asked if he could take his photograph. "Okay," replied Julia, "but let's do this right." On saying, Julia summoned a nearby crew member to snap his photo along side of Tony. "That the sort of gracious guy he was," Tony concludes.
Likewise I was also a extra in this movie, was there for about 8 weeks, including the wrap party, and had a great time!! Although the drive back and forth every day was rough, Still enjoyed being part of it. The movie did use some of the original Mexican Army footage from the 60's, which one could tell the quality of the film was poor. Anyway, just thought I'd give my 2 cents worth.
PS: Remember I had a Great Time and would do it again if asked... and I just purchased my own VHS copy today, almost 20 yrs later...
Kenneth S., thanks for the input. How many extras were used to portray the Mexican army? In the night attack, it looks to be about 40.
(I remember a quote from John Wayne' son Ethan who also appeared in 13 Days. When asked about how he felt about the new movie, in comparison to his Dad's version, Ethan is said to have replied, "Well, in my Dad's film, they had about 1500 horses, while in this film, they have about 15.") Nuff said.
Recently, I saw an old episode of the TV Western, GUNSMOKE that has an Alamo connection of sorts. There was Chill Wills, guest starring as a fellow lawman to James Arness' Matt Dillon. When the two lawmen are standing together, along with Ken Curtis' Festus, you have The Beekeeper and Captain Dickinson from THE ALAMO (1960) with Jim Bowie, from 13 DAYS TO GLORY (1987), yet another Alamo Village production.
The summer of 1986 was a hectic one at Alamo Village, with two movie's shooting schedules overlapping each other. Just as the GONE TO TEXAS crew was moving out, the 13 DAYS TO GLORY Crew moved in. As 13 DAYS wanted to show the construction of the palisade as part of the film, they tore down the GONE TO TEXAS 'little pile of sticks" and later replaced it with their own version. Above is a rare shot of the Alamo set without a palisade whatsoever.
You will notice that the monstrous cannon from 13 DAYS has already been placed above the chapel facade. Originally mounted on a garrison, or "naval" carriage, it was later replaced by a field carriage, making it appear all the more out of place.
And the cannon always pointed at the same 35 deg elevation Through the film.
Yeah, that platform they built for 13 DAYS was so small and wobbly that they dared not adjust anything. You will remember that they only had a two man gun crew. And this was supposed to be the 18 Pounder!
Post by Bromhead24 on Nov 11, 2007 11:24:38 GMT -5
And when they fired it, there was a small puff of smoke and the smoke went almost straight up from the barrel. To me that means that at the muzzle, the bore only went in about 12" and the charge was electricly fired.