Canadian Bacon was far worse
I wouldn't say that Wagons East was John's worst film. It isn't his best but it holds together alot better than Michael Moore's travesty "Canadian Bacon" does.
And the fact that Candy died in the middle of the production and yet they were able to pull a passable film out of it at all is a real impressive statement I think.
A little of Richard Lewis goes a long way in my book and some of the scenes are pretty "out there" (like where he murders that Ferguson guy removing a bullet from him and that doesn't bother him at all. He is more impressed that he was able to do surgery again? Even if the patient dies? I know the Fergusons were supposed to be characters we were supposed to hate and they tried to set them up as despised murderers in their own rights and all but still Lewis's character seemed very callous and strange.).
I know they don't film movies in chronological order so I'd like to know what scenes John didn't get to finish? And if he had would it really have altered the finished film at all?
I wonder if they reshot any scenes with a stand-in for Candy?
The whole snowing in summer sequence seemed really far-fetched and trying to connect Harlow with the Donner party...since the wagon train was in Nebraska at the time it seems pretty ludicrous to imagine them worrying about starving to death in a blizzard. Freak storm indeed.