Today would have been the 72nd birthday of John Reynolds, the one and only “Torgo”. Right from his first close-up, Reynolds (then 25) is one of the main reasons this film remains such an object of fascination.
A wide shot of the room where Torgo sleeps on a bed of dirt- note that there are no hooves on his costume to speak of. A spare dress hangs over him, presumably intended for Margaret- perhaps the rope is meant for Michael. We do eventually see it used to tie the disobedient elder wife to her pillar while Torgo’s hand is burned off.
Colbert Coldwell, the respected county judge whose ranch served as the film’s sole location, would later recall that the pile of dirt was left behind after the shoot for him to clean up.
The beer bottle may have been left in frame accidentally, much like the can of lighter fluid that appears later.