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: Flaming Feather (1952)  ( 465 )

« : March 09, 2017, 06:18:07 PM »

Sidewinder in their sights.

Flaming Feather is directed by Ray Enright and written by Gerald Drayson Adams. It stars Sterling Hayden, Forrest Tucker, Arleen Whelan, Barbara Rush, Victor Jory, Edgar Buchanan and Richard Arlen. A Technicolor production, music is by Paul Sawtell and cinematography by Ray Rennahan.

The mysterious outlaw known only as The Sidewinder is in cahoots with the Native Americans and terrorises Arizona's settlers. But when The Sidewinder chose Tex McCloud (Hayden) as one of his targets, he hadn't banked on Tex linking up with the U.S. Cavalry to hunt him down.

Enjoyably energetic Oater that makes up for what it lacks in originality with gorgeous location photography and a barn storming finale. Ray Enright was a good old pro at this sort of thing, and here he doesn't waste any time with pointless filler scenes or drawn out conversations that don't advance the plot. From the get go we are thrust into an action sequence, and from there on in the film rarely pauses for breath.

Hayden and Tucker make for a beefy coupling, and although the mystery element is not exactly rocket science to work out, the presence of three lovely lady characters does spice up the intrigue surrounding The Sidewinder and those in pursuit of him. It all builds to a wonderful finale that starts out with a Little Big Horn type siege, which then develops into a pursuit and battle up at the Montezuma Castle Monument in Arizona, where fire pit punch ups and ladder skills enthral greatly.

It isn't hard to pick holes in it, it is after all one of those quintessentially early 1950s Westerns that was ignorant to intelligent scripting and screenplays. Yet for sheer gusto and consistently airy beauty this is a must see for Western and Hayden lovers. 7/10

Viewed via UK cable.

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« #1 : May 06, 2017, 01:51:38 AM »

I liked this one. Good scenery and some snappy little tunes in-between the action. I particularly like that there is a mysterious rider out there who is stirring up the Indians. It's not too hard to tell who the mystery man is before the reveal but I like this part of the story anyhow. Good Native American participation in this as well which is always a colourful bonus in these 1950s westerns.

Among the supporting cast I particularly like Victor Jory as Lucky Lee. He has that Burgess Meredith-type crooked smile. Arleen Whelan is good as Carolina. I liked Carolina's opening song 'No Ring On Her Finger' which makes her patrons laugh. And I reckon that George Cleveland as Doc Fallon is the best of the comic relief characters. Entertaining film.

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