The final collection of screen shots.
He has always had a dark complexion, very dark brown eyes, and back then when he was much younger, black hair. He said that some of his Mexican-American fellow officers joked that he got hired because he looked more Mexican than they did. But the real story is that Jerry Paris (the director), wanted someone who was exactly 6 feet, 2 inches tall to be back there messing around with the cigarette vending machine. This seems odd to me, because the whole time he's on camera, he's bent way over working the machine. But I guess that's directors for you. Anyway, he was exactly 6'2", so he got picked as the extra for that scene. For that scant time on camera, he said he was paid for 3 days at union scale, and, he told me, "they fed us like kings." They had a buffet going on the whole time that was available for all the cast and crew, and while they were extras, they ate from the buffet.
So that's it. Rated G, 93 minutes. Written by news anchor Jim Lehrer. For some more interesting details about the controversy this film caused, check out the trivia at imdb.com. If you miss funny movies with no bad language* or violence, you'll like this. Make it a Peter Ustinov double feature with Blackbeard's Ghost and you'll be all set for a great evening of movie-watching.
*unless you count the word "whorehouse"
General DeSantos: She said my men would not follow me into a whorehouse!
Sergeant Valdez: She is wrong, General.
General: What? You think so?
Sergeant (leering): Yes, General. Your men would most certainly follow you into a whorehouse.