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Title: 4 for Texas (1963)
Post by: titoli on December 05, 2016, 09:06:59 AM
The beginning (quite good) brought to mind three movies: Big Deal on Madonna Street and The Blues Brothers (the waif going back to the Home and helping paying the mortgage), GBU (the desert, the reversal of roles).  But then this light comedy doesn't work, in spite of the great supporting cast. Andress is worth watching, Ekberg is already on the way down, but other younger girls are much more appetizing. 4/10
Title: Re: 4 for Texas (1963)
Post by: greenbudgie on March 17, 2017, 05:09:48 AM
I don't reckon too much of this as a comedy either. Also the film's running time is a bit too much to take when a movie like this isn't very good in the first place.

I didn't like Sinatra's or Dino's characters very much. And Sinatra gets extra condemnation from me for shooting a perfectly good horse. Well we hear the shot and we see Dino and the desert but I was searching for the body of the horse to see if it really had been shot or had run away. I couldn't spot any sight at all of the horse after the shooting. Strange.
Title: Re: 4 for Texas (1963)
Post by: Spikeopath on March 17, 2017, 12:24:15 PM
Aldrich himself didn't like it!

Well if I have to die, I prefer being killed by the hand of a beautiful woman.

4 for Texas is directed by Robert Aldrich who also co-writes the screenplay with Teddi Sherman. It stars Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Anita Ekberg, Ursula Andess and Charles Bronson. Music is by Nelson Riddle and cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.

Plot follows the shenanigans of two rivals played by Sinatra and Martin who have designs on a waterside casino. Bandido Charles Bronson is on their tails while Ekberg and Andress file in for romantic interests.

Aldrich disliked the film (the director famously couldn't get on with Sinatra), its reputation is decidedly lukewarm and The Three Stooges make an embarrassingly pointless cameo, 4 for Texas is a distinctly average comedy/western. The star power keeps it watchable, with rat packers Deano and Frank constantly trying to score machismo points - Ekberg & Andress lighting up the screen with natural beauty - Bronson in solid villain role, and it's pleasingly photographed by Laszlo. Yet it's a mundane screenplay and the run time needed to be cut by at least half an hour. It's also such a waste to not have Aldrich (is this the same guy who directed Ulzana's Raid and Vera Cruz?) show his skills at action construction, especially since the soggy story needed some perk- me-ups!

One to chalk off of your Aldrich/Rat Pack film lists, then, where once viewed, it's unlikely that anyone but hard core fans of the stars will want to revisit. 5/10
Title: Re: 4 for Texas (1963)
Post by: greenbudgie on March 18, 2017, 05:19:12 AM
I also gave this 5/10 when I was rating some movies a while back Spike. I'm glad that they had already cut it down from the screenplay by the time they shot it as I was getting fidgety with the long running time how it was finally presented. This is very disappointing for an Aldrich film.