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Title: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: dave jenkins on December 18, 2005, 09:14:33 PM
Wooooeeee!! Great movie, and a great DVD. That Randolf Scott knew a thing or two about playing the strong silent type. The film also gave Lee Marvin one of his greatest roles ever. And can B B film a showdown, or what? I cannot wait for Ride Lonesome and the other Randolf Scott Westerns to make it out on DVD, hopefully nicely restored like this one was.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: cigar joe on December 20, 2005, 06:11:56 AM
Tomorrow night starting at 8 PM Eatern they have a one hour Boetticher bio then "7 Men from Now".   8)


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Banjo on December 20, 2005, 07:27:50 AM
I wish British TV would show more Boeticher/Randolph Scott westerns.I've been stuck on Buchanan Rides Alone,Commanche Station and Ride Lonesome for at least a couple of years now!


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Scarabaeus on December 20, 2005, 10:06:06 AM
Tomorrow night starting at 8 PM Eatern they have a one hour Boetticher bio then "7 Men from Now".   8)

Not to forget the station: TCM (5 pm PST)


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: cigar joe on December 28, 2005, 04:30:43 AM
DVD is reasonably priced pick it up to give Batjac the incentive to release the rest, the clips of the other films they showed from the Botticher Bio on TCM  look great.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: cigar joe on December 28, 2005, 09:38:39 PM
Yes Batjac has them all, it the special features it was said that the rights for "7 Men From Now" was orignally bought for John Wayne but he was contracted to do "The Searchers" so he suggested Randolf Scott for the part and remained as an uncredited producer.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Leone Admirer on January 03, 2006, 06:46:25 AM
I've just put my order in for this film, am looking forward to watching it.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Tim on January 04, 2006, 12:07:16 AM
  I don't think you'll be disappointed Leone Admirer.  I watched 7 Men from Now a couple weeks ago on TCM with the Boetticher documentary for the first time, and I loved it.  Hopefully, the other Scott/Boetticher westerns will follow on DVD.

  Be sure to check back in after you've watched it, amigo!


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: cigar joe on January 04, 2006, 05:27:29 AM
Yea, its a good example of a pre SW small budget, no- frills western, that wasn't overly laden with sentimentality and melodrama, that played the villian's character up against the quiet stoicsism of Randolf Scott.

Boetticher's handling of the gunfight confrontations in 7 you'll find interesting, don't know if its prevalent in all his films.

Don't know for a fact but the beginning of 7 nay have been quoted by Petroni in "Death Rides A Horse".

You can see the similar ying-yang relationship later ampliphied in Leone's Eastwood vs. (Tuco, Indio, Ramon)and Coburn vs. Steiger.

I can't wait for "The Tall T" with Richard Boone, and "Ride Lonesome" with Lee Van Cleef & James Coburn, "Comanche Station" with Claude Atkins.  8)

Don't know much about "Buchannon Rides Alone" "Decision at Sundown" or "Westbound".


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Leone Admirer on January 04, 2006, 06:52:17 AM
Thanks guys, I've always been interested in seeing the batjac Scott/Boetticher westerns and now I can.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: dave jenkins on January 12, 2006, 08:59:34 PM
Don't know for a fact but the beginning of 7 nay have been quoted by Petroni in "Death Rides A Horse".

It's interesting that you say that, because I too thought of DRAH while watching that first scene. It's odd that 7 Men should open with a cheesy studio set when all the rest of the film's exteriors are shot on location, but I guess that was the only way they could do a rainy night.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Leone Admirer on January 17, 2006, 05:25:11 AM
Watched this last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. The performances were excellent from the strong Scott, to the incredible and always entertaining Marvin. Gail Russel was beautiful and here life story included on the disc was incredibly moving and sad  :( . The story kept me enthralled for the entire duration and there was some fantastic cinematic displays used by Bud Boetticher (I need to check out some more of his movie now, this has given me a distinct taste for them). The DVD presentation was excellent with strong and vibrant colors shining of my screen and a good strong mono track to back everything up. The main doco of Boetticher was very interesting (though in my opinion they needn't have had QT as his comments were limited to retreads of what had been seen before and general agreement with Clint Eastwood). As said before the featurette on Gair Russel was poignent but the Lone Pine featurette was very interesting. The Batjac trailer gallery adds weight to my argument of going to pick up Hondo followed my McLintock.  Anyway I had a great night and a great viewing experience.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: cigar joe on January 17, 2006, 05:50:54 AM
I waiting for the rest also  ;)


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: titoli on December 01, 2007, 07:50:36 PM
I had been waiting for years to see it. Didn't know it had been released over here 6 months ago. I unexpectedly caught it yesterday at a good price. perfect from start to finish except for a detail (of no little importance): Gail Russell. Watching all of these men falling for this anonymous appearance is annoying. But Batjac had specialized in anonymous lead, like the one of Hondo. Marvin is good but strangely his immediate physical appearance (the face, mainly) is not as striking as it was in Wild One or his later classic or even in that policeman series he made after this movie. Could be that the reason why, as it happened to Bronson (but even more amazing, as he was a great actor) had to wait almost 20 years to become a superstar?
The scene of the desert brought me to the one in GBU and to LOA: remarkable. And the music in the same scene, with that series of ascending intervals, made me think of Morricone.
I saw two other Boetticher\Scott in the '80's on tv, and I seem to remember that at least one was even better than this.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: dave jenkins on December 01, 2007, 10:51:38 PM
I had been waiting for years to see it. Didn't know it had been released over here 6 months ago. I unexpectedly caught it yesterday at a good price. perfect from start to finish except for a detail (of no little importance): Gail Russell. Watching all of these men falling for this anonymous appearance is annoying.

The star of Angel and the Badman has an anonymous appearance! Russell was also in a couple of well-regarded noirs (which I haven't seen), Moonrise and Night Has a Thousand Eyes, before reteaming with the Duke for Wake of the Red Witch (where her appearance is more than memorable). That she is not more recognizable is no doubt due to her early death in 1961 at 36, but once you've seen her in Angel you never forget her (it's her eyes, I think).


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Ben Tyreen on December 02, 2007, 12:42:44 AM
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I saw two other Boetticher\Scott in the '80's on tv, and I seem to remember that at least one was even better than this.

  You remember which ones, titoli?  I like 7 Men from Now, but I enjoyed Comanche Station more.  Decision at Sundown was another good one, caught it this summer on TCM.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: titoli on December 02, 2007, 02:52:27 AM
Beautiful, uh? I presume here xhe was in her prime too.

(http://www.nndb.com/people/811/000080571/gail-russell-1-sized.jpg)

I saw Night :very good movie, couldn't make it to read the novel though.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: titoli on December 02, 2007, 03:50:30 AM
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You remember which ones, titoli?

Probably Ride Lonesome. Decision at Sundown must have been the other. They were on italian tv in the '90's. I looked strenuously for Seven Men for about 30 years.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: cigar joe on December 02, 2007, 07:27:51 AM
Ride Lonesome is ok it suffers from a bit too much Karen Steele looking like a glamour puss in a bullet cone bra, Pernell Roberts & James Best are great but both Lee Van Cleef and James Coburn seem way underused or mis-cast.

My favorite Boetticher Western is "The Tall T" then I'd go:

Seven Men From Now
Ride Lonesome
Comanche Station

I didn't like "Decision At Sundown" and I haven't seen "Buchanan Rides Alone".


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: dave jenkins on December 02, 2007, 06:31:26 PM
Ride Lonesome is ok it suffers from a bit too much Karen Steele looking like a glamour puss in a bullet cone bra...
But surely this is exactly what titoli is looking for! ;)

I love 7MFN and the only other Boetticher I've seen is Comanche Station, which is okay, but a little too TV-like. I'd certainly like to see more.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: titoli on December 02, 2007, 08:45:51 PM
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But surely this is exactly what titoli is looking for!

Not only in the movies! Surely I'm not looking for a Gail Russell: too many around already.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: moviesceleton on February 18, 2008, 09:59:20 AM
Did I enjoy this movie! A well written and acted western, truly. Only thing I had a problem with was that Stride (Scott) was ready to risk his life over a box gold. That did seem believeable. I mean, it wasn't his gold, he gave it back to the right owners. Sure "man's gotta do what man's gotta do", but couldn't he just let Masters (Marvin) have it? Of course, that way we wouldn't have the final gunfight...


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: cigar joe on February 18, 2008, 04:21:15 PM
Then you will really like "Ride Lonesome" and "The Tall T".  O0


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Dust Devil on February 12, 2010, 12:23:44 PM
Yeah I liked it too, but I just can't swallow the whole love thing with macho Stride and cutie Greer. What a disgusting overdrawn cliche, not even a good old fashioned romance. Why are those women in Westerns always portrayed as whores? Sure, you'll tell me they aren't really that, that they fall in love with the wrong fellas and just can't help it, but the facts speak otherwise: she travels around with her man and then all of a sudden some adventurous guy shows around the corner and she's ready to give him children. I can understand those kind of things happened back then even more often than nowadays, but I really see no point in showing it in every other Western that comes out, and certainly not selling it as something natural.


7.5/10


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: dave jenkins on February 13, 2010, 12:04:34 AM
I can understand those kind of things happened back then even more often than nowadays, but I really see no point in showing it in every other Western that comes out, and certainly not selling it as something natural.
Actually, it probably happened a lot less. In reality, feckless males tended to stay in cities; guys who took their wives and went searching for a better life were capable men who could take care of their women. And needless to say, there were no supermen to show up and tempt the ladies away.

It's just another genre convention, like gundowns. The actual West was a pretty boring place, objectively speaking. In the West of fiction and fantasy, which is an extremely hostile environment, you have to have some device for introducing women. As presented, there is just no way women would naturally go into such a dangerous setting on their own, so they need some kind of male chaperone to bring them along until they can be taken up by the hero.

Anyway, the old saw about the babe going off with the fresh young dude goes back, at least, to Helen and Paris. But even in that case the jilted husband, Menelaus, had the clout to respond with a 10-year war.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Dust Devil on February 14, 2010, 11:42:02 AM
Perhaps, 5 men from then, she finally made it to Califo'nia. (?)


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Groggy on May 25, 2010, 04:48:08 PM
I checked this out from the Carnegie Library today, hopefully I'll get to watch it after work tonight. O0


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: dave jenkins on May 26, 2010, 05:31:51 AM
I checked this out from the Carnegie Library today, hopefully I'll get to watch it after work tonight. O0
Work??? Did college boy just use the W word? What gives?


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Groggy on May 26, 2010, 12:23:02 PM
I'll forego a long review for now, just let me say that I really enjoyed this one. Great story telling with an economical plot, simple but sharply drawn characters and a great Burt Kennedy script. Lots of nice action scenes and location work. Scott is good but it's really Lee Marvin's show IMO; I might like his character here even better than Liberty Valance. I loved the opening scene, and the proto-Leone duel at the end is great. 8-9/10


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 01, 2011, 07:44:25 PM
Just saw SEVEN MEN FROM NOW for the first time. This is the 3rd of the Boetticher/Scott films I have seen (the others are ride Lonesome and the Tall T). I rate this movie a 7.5/10

Amazing what Boetticher could do with such a small budget and so few actors. Let's not forget Burt Kennedy, the writer who was Boetticher's major collaborator.

I wanted to point out one fantastis dialogue sequence: When Marvin, Scott, and the girl and her husband are in the wagon, and Marvin starts yapping, trying to get the girl, (and Scott keeps telling him to shut up). When that bit of dialogue begins, first you think it's kind of uncomfortable and want it to end, but after a couple of minutes you are like "THIS IS INCREDIBLE!"

Watching the extras on the dvd afterward, one of the guys who was interviewed says, "Both Budd and Bert felt this was the best scene they had ever done. Burt thought it was the  best scene he ever wrote, and Budd thought it was the best scene he ever directed."

Absolutely amazing what an awesome scene could be made of 4 people just sitting in a wagon and talking (actually, almost all the talking was done by Marvin, with Scott occasionally telling him to shut up).

Also, I liked the town set used in the latter part of the film



Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: dave jenkins on December 02, 2011, 01:38:58 AM
Absolutely amazing what an awesome scene could be made of 4 people just sitting in a wagon and talking (actually, almost all the talking was done by Marvin, with Scott occasionally telling him to shut up).
Scott didn't need lines to be able to act, he could do it with looks. Agreed, fantastic scene, great film.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 02, 2011, 10:41:14 AM
Another interesting bit, but first I have to give the

SPOILER ALERT

the editing of the final shootout between Marvin and Scott was very interesting -- the camera is only on Marvin, and suddenly you hear the shot and he is dead -- you don't actually see Scott draw. Usually, on shootouts, it will be a wide shot of both of them, so you can see the "battle" -- but here, you only see Marvin, hear a shot, and he is dead before he can even draw. I wonder why they did that.

(One option is that as Eastwood and Frayling said, you caouldn't have the shooter/shootee in same scene, but that notion is a) false; and b) they still could have first shown Scott draw, then cut to Marvin dying. So that is definitely wrong).

 on the special features, one of the guys who was interviewed suggested the following: throughout the film, Marvin has been the character playing the "fastest draw" kind; you see him playing with his guns (especially in one memorable sequence in the saloon); but you never see much discussed about Scott being a particularly fast draw. Sure, he killed the 2 guys in the opening scene and some others, but the emphasis is really on Marvin being the quick draw. Therefore, you are focused on Marvin, and suddenly, BOOM! you suddenly realize Scott is so quick,  Marvin is shot before he could even draw. So the camera focuses on Marvin cuz he is the one who throughout the movie has been the "quick draw" guy... Interesting point, though I still think that shot was a bit weird, and I'd have preferred if they had shown Scott drawing


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Groggy on April 09, 2013, 07:38:18 PM
Rewatch confirmed my above opinion. I feel redundant making the same points about all of Boetticher's films but why not? That's auteurism ain't it?

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Budd Boetticher and Randolph Scott collaborated on their first Western in 1956. Film historians consider it part of the Ranown Cycle, even though John Wayne’s Batjac Studios produced the film. Classification aside, Seven Men from Now remains Boetticher’s finest work, and a highpoint for the Western genre generally.

Ex-lawman Ben Stride (Randolph Scott) tracks seven outlaws who killed his wife in a hold-up. During his question Stride joins up with Julie (Gail Russell) and John Greer (Walter Reed), two pioneers headed for California. Stride warms up to Julie, who nonetheless remains loyal to her milquetoast husband. Things grow more complicated when part-time crook Masters (Lee Marvin) joins with the gang. Masters may have been involved in Mrs. Stride’s death; Julie learns John might not be innocent, either.

Groggy risks sounding like a broken record but it’s true: these films’ greatest virtue is simplicity. Using California’s Alabama Hills, a small but perfect cast and Burt Kennedy’s terse screenwriting, Boetticher marshals impressive shows with modest budgets. What could be a simple revenge programmer becomes transcendent. This initial entry provides the template for future Ranown Westerns, all stellar variants on a theme.

As in The Tall T, Boetticher sets the laconic Stride against the loudmouthed, weak-willed John. Here the impotent “half-man,” introduced straining at a wagon track in mud, isn’t only a coward but unwittingly complicit with the villains – though he’s at least allowed redemption. Tough, independent-minded Julie pines for the real man Stride even as she can’t betray John. Masters drives them apart through psychological gamesmanship, taunting Johnny with Julie’s affection for Stride. Yet even the snaky Masters proves noble; in the end reels, he even kills his erstwhile colleagues to ensure a fair fight.

But it’s Boetticher’s brilliant set pieces that really set Seven Men apart. His direction is consistently top-notch but he’d never quite replicate this film’s standout scenes. The movie opens with a confrontation between Stride and two drifters in a cave. It’s an incredibly tense sequence, building to an unexpected conclusion. He achieves similar effects in a face-off with hostile Indians, resolved in a satisfyingly unconventional manner. Sergio Leone once told Boetticher “I stole everything from you!”;  Seven Men’s influence on that Italian master is evident throughout, especially in the end showdown.  Masters avoids a chance at easy money, preferring instead to “earn” the loot through a formal duel.

Randolph Scott establishes the rough-hewn, leathery frontiersman he’d assay in all Boetticher’s movies. He’s even tougher than in later Ranown flicks, shrugging off gunshot wounds and blows to the head in his quest for justice. Lee Marvin shines in his first major role, making Masters a wheedling dastard with a chivalrous streak. Marvin fits this role like a glove; he’d play similar characters in The Comancheros and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance before breaking through to stardom. Gail Russell (Angel and the Badman) turns in a warm, endearing performance, while Walter Reed makes a suitably pathetic figure.

Seven Men from Now is a real gem. Like all the Ranown flicks, it’s a flawless blend of compact storytelling and impeccable direction. One could pay the film no higher complement than to say it stands head and shoulders above Boetticher’s other flicks. 9/10

http://nothingiswrittenfilm.blogspot.com/2013/04/seven-men-from-now.html (http://nothingiswrittenfilm.blogspot.com/2013/04/seven-men-from-now.html)


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 09, 2013, 10:58:12 PM
it's a very good movie, but I preferred Ride Lonesome, and possibly The Tall T, too. Again, I saw each of these movies exactly once, several years ago, so I'd like to re-watch them again soon and see where I stand.


I thought you'd mention that scene with Marvin and Scott in the wagon, where Marvin is yammering about the chick; I elaborated somewhat earlier in this thread http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=2744.msg152753#msg152753


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: dave jenkins on April 10, 2013, 07:18:52 AM
I thought you'd mention that scene with Marvin and Scott in the wagon
*I* thought he'd mention the coffee motif that runs through the whole picture--what the hell, Grogs? You call that a review?


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Groggy on April 10, 2013, 08:30:55 AM
I'm a tea drinker. What care I for coffee? :P


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 10, 2013, 08:36:19 AM
especially the black coffee they must have been drinking under the stars in the West.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: dave jenkins on April 10, 2013, 02:07:34 PM
Cowboy Coffee--there's a layer of grounds in every cup!


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Scarabaeus on April 25, 2013, 02:18:35 PM
That reminds me of the "Horse shoe test" from one of the Lucky Luke comic books: To make real coffee, you slightly moisten a pound of coffee, heat it for a while and then see if a horse shoe sinks in. If it does, you've used too much water.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 13, 2013, 08:06:43 AM
just watched the movie again. Good times. I recently re-watched all the Boetticher/Scott Westerns with the exception of Buchanan Rides Alone and Decision at Sundown, the two worst ones which I have little interest in seeing again. (Who knows, maybe my opinion will change on the second viewing; it's happened before.)

Here's my ranking on the Boetticher/Scott Westerns, best to worst. IMO the first 4 movies are real good, each ranking somewhere between a 7.5 - 8.5/10. The bottom 3 are somewheres between a 4-6/10

Ride Lonesome
The Tall T
Seven Men from Now
Comanche Station
Westbound
Decision at Sundown
Buchanan Rides Alone


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: dave jenkins on October 10, 2015, 08:22:39 AM
Paramount now is letting us watch a free stream of this on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr4SQ3IVdpQ&list=PLd0LhgZxFkVLB8Zs8bQP5B-bnLimzY0FC&oref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Djr4SQ3IVdpQ%26list%3DPLd0LhgZxFkVLB8Zs8bQP5B-bnLimzY0FC&has_verified=1


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: greenbudgie on March 19, 2017, 06:28:14 AM
This is a good stuff that I saw recently. A great lightning-quick shootout between Randolph Scott and Lee Marvin at the end. I didn't see either of the them draw or even go for the gun before it's over. Just the drawn-out eyeballing leading up to it.

I love the photography in this and it has some of the best rainy scenes ever filmed I reckon. I look forward to seeing this one again on my favourite western channel.


Title: Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
Post by: Spikeopath on March 20, 2017, 06:49:20 PM
My Rank Order For The Scott/Boettichers

Ride Lonesome (1959)
The Tall T (1957)
Comanche Station (1960)
Seven Men from Now (1956)
Decision at Sundown (1957)
Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)
Westbound (1959)


Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now

Another expertly crafted Western from Boetticher and Scott.

Seven Men from Now is directed by Budd Boetticher and produced by John Wayne's Batjac Productions. Written by Burt Kennedy it stars Randolph Scott, Gail Russell & Lee Marvin. Music is by Henry Vars & William H. Clothier photographs out of the Alabama Hills and Lone Pine, California.

Former Sheriff Ben Stride is on the trail of the seven men; who whilst robbing a Wells Fargo office, killed his wife in the process. Mentally tortured by having lost his job that resulted in his wife having to work at Wells Fargo, Stride is totally driven by hurt and anger. But along the way he helps a married couple who are stuck in the mud; who persuade Stride to ride West with them in case of further problems. They are then joined by a couple of suspect characters who have their own private agenda for tagging along with Stride: all parties seemingly heading for the day when the truth will out.

Director Budd Boetticher and leading Western star Randolph Scott made between 1956 and 1960, seven interesting and genre bending films. This was the first of their collaborations, and although it can be said they were merely honing their "Adult Western" bent here, all the traits that would make the upcoming The Tall T, Ride Lonesome and Comanche Station so worthy of genre classic status is evident here in this film. Tho simple in plot; I mean man on a mission movies are not exactly rare are they? Seven Men From Now is boosted by a smartly ambiguous turn from Lee Marvin as Bill Masters, while Boetticher's ability to raise his complex and hungry characters above and beyond the standard tale further gives the piece some kudos. Incidents dot themselves throughout the story to keep the film from ever drifting to the mundane, while the location work at Lone Pine, Alabama Hills in California is gorgeous; where we should be thankful to cinematographer William H. Clothier for realising that Boetticher needs his vista to be another character.

Originally intended as a vehicle for John Wayne, who took producing duties instead when his schedule wouldn't allow him the time to star, Seven Men From Now gave Randolph Scott a chance to show just what a fine actor he was. His Ben Stride could so easily have been played as corny and grumpy, but Scott gives it the emotional depth that Burt Kennedy's script demanded. Gail Russell (Annie Greer) is the lady of the piece, she ultimately led a sad real life, but at least here as the woman caught between two men, we get to see that she did have the ability when called upon - even if this didn't relaunch her career in the way that her friend John Wayne had originally hoped for. In fact Gail was to sadly succumb to the alcoholism that blighted her life just five years later, aged just 36. Thankfully this film stands up as a fine way to remember her beauty and for the efforts that she put into the Western genre.

Lacking the heavy cloud of doom of Boetticher & Scott's best collaborations, this one, however, boasts richly interesting characters that are telling a cunning moral allegory tale. It be an Oater for those who like intelligence over yippee ki-yay like histrionics. 8/10