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Welcome back to this premiere Western site where we explore the careers of B-Western stars after they dismounted.  AND discuss the design of these later films sets!

Buckle up, hombres!

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As we’ve discussed about the previous film in this series, DIAL RED ZERO, that film is full of bold choices in the art displayed on the walls.  Comparing the credits of the two films, we find that Art Director David Milton is still on board.  Missing from this second film is Set Decorator Joseph Kish.

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Was the exciting work in the first film to be credited to Mr. Kish?  Let’s look at SUDDEN DANGER.

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I’m voting for YES.  But we shall see, as Kish rejoins Milton in the last 3 installments of this film series, CALLING HOMICIDE, CHAIN OF EVIDENCE and FOOTSTEPS IN THE NIGHT.

Can you stand the suspense….???!

So, in 1955, with 5 pictures left in his contract with Allied Artists, Wild Bill hung up his six-shooters and picked up a gat.  He got himself a nice little detective series as Lt. Andy Flynn.  The first one was called…

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He’s good in this new role.  Very Noir.

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But, hey, let’s hear up for the bold decisions of the set designer.  Check this shit out!

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Peckinpah’s first feature.  What a mess!  But some great character stuff and some intense performances.

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I have many questions about this film. A little help?

Is this supposed to be the big reveal that Robert Vaughn is the actually the mastermind of the gang?  Is this supposed to be him?

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Question #2:  Has there ever been a more annoying dub than that of little Midge?

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Great bad guy death, though, head dangling though gallows built just for him.

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The Hunting Party, 1971

July 23, 2016

I saw a trailer for this as kid and it scared me and pissed me off.

I was right.  It suck!

The Naked Spur. 1953.

June 17, 2016

James Stewart starring.  Anthony Mann directing. With my favorite bad guy!

Thanks, Harry.

The Lone Gun. 1954.

June 5, 2016

The Lone Gun

First off – anyone know where this was shot?  The sloping hills behind the town are new to me.  Definitely not Lone Pine, Paramount Ranch… maybe Corriganville?  I’ve been there, and this doesn’t look like it…

A little help?

This is my first George Montgomery western.  Pretty good.  His tough delivery reminds me of Clayton Moore, Lee Majors, at his best even the tough as leather William Holden.

Directed by Ray Nazarro of Charles Starrett fame.  This may be the best thing he’s done.  A complete movie, with motivated characters and complete arcs.  Go Ray!

**Really nice variation on the Mexican Standoff at the end**

Santa Fe. 1951

May 24, 2016

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You know I loves me some Randolph Scott Westerns.  This one is a railroad drama with post-Civil War North/South conflicts.

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The shifting loyalties of Scott’s brothers is interesting, then impenetrable, and ultimately whimsical.  Boo for that.  Yay for Randolph Scott.

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I’m not a big fan of the comic John Wayne films.  Guess what I think of this one?

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This Randolph Scott film from 1953 shares a lot with Chinatown, 1974.  Locations: San Pedro, Los Angeles, Santa Monica.  Stakes: water rights.

But does Chinatown have a ‘bitch fight’ like this?!

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Tagline:

An Easy-Going Gent with Deadly Guns…and a Reputation to Match!

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