In addition to my article about Phil Yordan, (here's a link to it on the Film Noir Foundation website), here are some other interesting details gleaned from my research about Yordan:
Claimed to have watched every movie with Jean Gabin who served as a model for his Western characters in Anthony Mann’s movies.
Believed that The Bravados wasn’t successful because director, Henry King, was too old.
Wanted to use the standing sets from Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) for something called, Luke the Magnificent for $1million from Paramount but Samuel Bronston turned him down.
His approach toward Joan Crawford to convince her about the script revisions on Johnny Guitar: “I’ll do anything you want. Anything you want, I gotta do”
During his glory days with Samuel Bronston, Yordan lived in a Paris apartment that had 28 foot ceilings in a 2 story complex at the foot of Avenue Victor...