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« on: August 29, 2005, 07:27:53 PM »

TCM did a little William Holden day this past Sunday saw a couple of good films,  two cavalry pieces "Escape From Fort Bravo" (1953) and the "Horse Soldiers" (1959 both were pretty good films both dealing with the Civil War, the former even had a prison camp band (CSA) like GBU.


It also showed "Bridge Over The River Kwai" and a few other good films.

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2005, 02:32:38 PM »

TCM did a little William Holden day this past Sunday saw a couple of good films,  two cavalry pieces "Escape From Fort Bravo" (1953) and the "Horse Soldiers" (1959 both were pretty good films both dealing with the Civil War, the former even had a prison camp band (CSA) like GBU.


It also showed "Bridge Over The River Kwai" and a few other good films.
I think Holden was a terrific screen presence. I can't get enough of his westerns. Alongside THE WILD BUNCH; I have always enjoyed, RACHEL AND THE STRANGER , THE MAN FROM COLORADO (both1948); WILD ROVERS (1971) to name but a few! And indeed, the ones you mention above.

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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2005, 04:46:19 PM »

"The Horse Soldiers" is a great underrated film featuring great performances by John Wayne and William Holden, and some good (if not spectacular) battle scenes.  Certainly, it is much less glorifying of war than most of Wayne's other war films.

I was able to watch about half of BOTRK, before I was forced to get a haircut!  Just before the plot really got started, too . . .

I'd love to see "Escape From Fort Bravo", and if it's ever on I'll try to catch it.  Same with "Man From Colorado"?

What do you guys think of "Stalag 17"?  I saw about an hour of it and I liked what I saw, but obviously didn't get to see the end.

I first saw Holden in TWB, his performance blew me I way.  An actor who'd made his career as a pretty boy playing such a violent, desperate character was a brilliant bit of casting IMO, and no offense to Lee Marvin (Peck's first choice for Pike) but there's no way in hell he could've matched Holden's performance.

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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2005, 05:00:48 PM »

Groggy, you gotta catch all of STALAG 17. It's terrific! Holden steals it but PETER GRAVES (Five Man Army, Mission Impossible tv series) gives a career best performance. Can't rate this movie high enough. The way it is shot and the ensemble playing moves like a night at live theatre! Grab a copy!

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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2005, 05:18:06 PM »

Yea Holden was great, BOTRK and Stalag 17 are well worth watching, if you remember Hogan's Hero's a lot of the characters from HH were derived from this film ( Sergeant Shultz, etc.) also the theme song drum beat.

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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2005, 08:41:28 PM »

Groggy, if you can find a copy of Escape from Fort Bravo, pick it up.  I won't give away the ending, but it is very unique and different from almost every other western showdown.

And I'll second or third or whatever the vote for Stalag 17.  Great ensemble cast, especially Holden.  Gotta love the Animal and Harry Shapiro.

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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2005, 06:52:37 PM »

William Holden was as tough as nails.  He did a western where he got shot to rags by a younger guy, but survived.  Can't recall the name right now.  Love the Wild Bunch.

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