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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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Definitely in my top 20!

The Gunfighter. 1950

May 9, 2016

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