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« on: February 20, 2017, 11:54:55 AM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051461/reference

The Town Of Hamilton Bids You Welcome.

Joel McCrea stars as a trail boss falsely imprisoned for his men's misdemeanours. Released and suffering at the hands of an unforgiving and irate town, he's hired by a blind Don Haggerty to drive his herd - but Haggerty has his own agenda's on this trip.

A routine Western that is chiefly saved from the bottom rung by the presence of Joel McCrea. McCrea was a real life cowboy type who owned and worked out of a ranch in California, thus he gives this standard Oater a naturalistic core from which to tell the story. If only they could have given him some decent actors to work with, and, or, a bolder script, then this might have turned out better than it did.

Directed by Charles Marquis Warren (more famed for TV work like Gunsmoke and his writing than movie directing), the piece is scripted by Daniel B. Ullman, a prolific "B" western script specialist of the 1950s. This, however, is far from being a good effort from his pen. Shot in CinemaScope with colour by DeLuxe, it thankfully at least proves to be most pleasing on the eye. Brydon Baker proving to be yet another cinematographer seemingly inspired by the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, locations.

Away from the turgid story there's a classical big Western shoot-out to enjoy, while a Mano-Mano shoot out set among the Alabama rocks towards the end is nicely handled. But the good technical aspects are bogged down by the roll call of by the numbers gruff cowboy characters, and worse still is a two-fold romantic strand that is so weak it beggars belief. All of which is acted in keeping with such an unimaginatively put together series of sub-plots masquerading as a revenge thriller. For McCrea this film is worth a watch - as it is for its beauty (the print is excellent), but in spite of the old fashioned appeal, and a couple of action high points, it remains borderline dull.

McCrea and the audience deserve far better. 5/10

Viewed via UK Cable.

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2017, 04:15:02 PM »

There is a significant link here that you may not be aware of, director Charles Marquis Warren as a result of this film got greenlighted to create and direct TV's Rawhide.

He also brought along some of the cast from Cattle Empire, Paul Brinegar (Wishbone), Steve Raines (Jim Quince), Charles H. Gray (Clay Forrester), and Rocky Shahan (Joe Scarlet).

It's also significant that Clint Eastwood from Rawhide went from Rawhide into Leone's Spaghetti Westerns.

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2017, 06:59:17 PM »

There is a significant link here that you may not be aware of, director Charles Marquis Warren as a result of this film got greenlighted to create and direct TV's Rawhide.

He also brought along some of the cast from Cattle Empire, Paul Brinegar (Wishbone), Steve Raines (Jim Quince), Charles H. Gray (Clay Forrester), and Rocky Shahan (Joe Scarlet).

It's also significant that Clint Eastwood from Rawhide went from Rawhide into Leone's Spaghetti Westerns.

No didn't know that, excellent input  Afro

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