Cut From the Movie!

The Wedding Scene

This scene contained Bruce Campbell's cameo appearance. For that reason alone, I was simply amazed that they cut this scene from the movie.

In this scene, the Kid marries Mattie Silk, the reddish-blonde gal who was always hanging off the Kid and who went to his side after he was shot by Herod (Mattie became a bride and a widow on the same day!).

The wedding took place at the Monte Carlo, the other saloon in town (Redemption must have been the only Old West town with more gun shops than saloons). The happy couple came out the front door and were greeted by many well-wishers (myself included), tables of food, wine, etc. were laid out along the street. When the bride and groom emerged from the Monte Carlo, the Kid shot the corks off the champagne bottles. The wedding party then made its way toward the other saloon, (the "Old Bank" saloon - it had been the bank originally, but, after the town was taken over by outlaws, it was turned into a saloon. You can't see it well in the movie, but there was an old "stone" sign over the door saying "Bank" with a wooden sign saying "saloon" nailed up over it),the one which is seen so often in the movie. The street was full of partying citizens. There was a wide shot filmed where the camera started with a view of the street, then gradually zoomed in on one in particular - Bruce Campbell. I have photos of him on set in his wardrobe and in his place but, again, this scene was cut. In the movie, the very end of this scene is there. You can see Mattie Silk show her new wedding ring to Ellen (Sharon Stone) as she walks past her. Ellen then makes her remark to Herod (Gene Hackman) saying, "I'll kill you even if I have to ride all the way to Hell to do it". In the script, Herod then says to her, "You're already here." This was changed to "Do you have some particular problem with me?"

Here's an interesting side-note: There was a real person named Mattie Silks (Silk in the movie). On August 25, 1877, Mattie Silks, a friend of Wild Bill Hickok's, was involved in the only recorded gunfight between two women in the Old West. The other woman was Katie Fulton. Neither woman was wounded in the gunfight, but Katie's bullet found and wounded the very man they were fighting over. That man's name was CORT (!!) Thompson.

NOTE: The story above was taken from a trivia book. I will cite the exact source once I locate that book. The following message, however, came from a visitor to this web site concerning the Mattie Silk story:

"The fabled duel between Mattie Silks & Katie Fulton is the fabrication of Forbes Parkhill in his book "The Wildest of the West" (1951). The true story can be found in "The Rocky Mountain News" August 26, 1877 & "The Denver Times" August 25, 1877. I have found this tale repeated in at least three other western history books & in numerus magazines. THERE WAS NO DUEL, it could have been Denver's first drive-by shooting."

He went on to say that "...Cortez Thompson did exist. He was Mattie's (he was known to ride his horse up the steps of Mattie's 'parlor house' and demand money before he would leave) second husband. He is buried in an unmarked grave next to Mattie Silks, this is strange because Mattie died after Cort and had pre-purchased both sites at Fairmount Cemetery.
Cortez Thompson died April 12, 1900.
Martha A. Ready (aka Mattie Silks) died January 7, 1929.
Mattie's third husband John (Handsome Jack) Ready died May 23, 1931. He is buried about one block north of Mattie and Cort."

There is no version of the film, that I know of, which contains the Wedding Scene. There ARE, however, a couple of glimpses of it in the Companion Video, although Bruce Campbell is not seen in that either. For more information on the Companion Video, see the page on Foreign Versions of the Movie.

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