Behind the scenes: Touch of Evil

Rare images showing Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and her husband Tony Curtis relaxing between takes during the production of film noir classic Touch of Evil in Venice, California in 1957.

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Orson Welles with actors Mort Mills and Charlton Heston during filming of Touch of Evil (1958)

Orson Welles with actors Mort Mills and Charlton Heston during filming of Touch of Evil (1958)

Janet Leigh, with her arm in a sling, talks with Welles and Heston. Leigh broke her arm a week before rehearsals started for the film and had to conceal the cast throughout much of filming

Janet Leigh, with her arm in a sling, talks with Welles and Heston. Leigh broke her arm a week before rehearsals started for the film and had to conceal the cast throughout much of filming

Janet Leigh is visited by her husband Tony Curtis and their daughter Kelly during the filming of Touch of Evil (1958). Their second daughter, future actor Jamie Lee Curtis, was born the following year

Janet Leigh is visited by her husband Tony Curtis and their daughter Kelly during the filming of Touch of Evil (1958). Their second daughter, future actor Jamie Lee Curtis, was born the following year

Heston poses for a publicity shot in a relaxed moment during filming

Heston poses for a publicity shot in a relaxed moment during filming

Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh between takes in a gleaming 1956 De Soto Fireflite convertible

Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh between takes in a gleaming 1956 De Soto Fireflite convertible

Charlton Heston keeps himself caffeinated, while director of photography Russell Metty and Welles discuss a shot

Charlton Heston keeps himself caffeinated, while director of photography Russell Metty and Welles discuss a shot

Leigh returning to her trailer wearing the nightwear she wears in the scene in which she is menaced in a lonely Mexican motel. Two years later, she would be the subject of an even more terrifying motel attack, in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960)

Leigh returning to her trailer wearing the nightwear she wears in the scene in which she is menaced in a lonely Mexican motel. Two years later, she would be the subject of an even more terrifying motel attack, in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960)

Orson Welles with director of photography Russell Metty

Orson Welles with director of photography Russell Metty

Watch the trailer for Orson Welles’ noir masterpiece Touch of Evil (1958).

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