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« on: January 01, 2007, 06:22:11 PM »

Strangely the dvd found a way on the italian market and I bought it at once once I found it cheap. It is one of the best westerns of the '50's and (but this you tell me) one of the least known.  This is one of the best Ford's westerns of the '50's, on a par with The Sheepman and Yuma. Lemmon is not up to the par he will establish for himself starting with The Apartment. I don't think he gets hold completely of the character, plays it too stiff, without his usual lightheartedness. Also, I think that the movie suffers from some longishness in the second half: the contrast between Lemmon and Ford is too schematic and the solution of having Lemmon temporarily hardened up too simplistic, as it is simplistic Ford's conversion to more human ways. The love story is economically dealt with and it is not hindrance to the real adventure, on the contrary it helps to enhance some traits of the relationsship between Jack Lemmon and Glenn Ford. The movie has scenes very strong for a Hollywood movie of any era, like the crude episode of the death by snake's bite. The score is very good and, as far as I can judge, even slightly innovative, though along traditional lines.

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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2007, 04:19:11 AM »

Never even heard of it.

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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2007, 05:37:31 AM »

Your answer tells it all.

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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2007, 05:40:57 AM »

I'll definitley watch for it, its never on TV

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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2007, 05:54:33 AM »

You're wrong on this, apparently. I've read at IMDB it is aired on Turner (and in the right format).
Anyway it is not aired often over here too, though apparently western movies find more room in Italy TV's than in the american ones.

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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2007, 04:16:24 PM »

I'll watch for it on Turner, it sure hasn't been on lately.

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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2007, 09:20:15 AM »

  This is one of the best Ford's westerns of the '50's
Titoli,it was directed by Delmer Daves.

http://imdb.com/title/tt0051496/

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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2007, 09:26:16 PM »

Of course, Lemmon was great in Some Like it Hot before The Apartment.

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Titoli,it was directed by Delmer Daves.

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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2007, 08:22:48 PM »

Cowboy 1958, Directed by Delmer Daves, Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr. 7/10.

This is the film they (Daves, Ford, Lawton) teamed up again on right after "3:10 to Yuma", it also has Richard Jaekel and a young Strother Martin.

If you like Rawhide the TV program you'll like this film based on a true story of a Chicago hotel clerk who become a cowboy. Its very reminiscent almost of "Face To Face" as Jack Lemon becomes a clone of Glen Ford's no nonsense trail boss. I was entertained, it even had a corrida segment. Its not a shootout film, all the action is cowboy & trail drive action. Not much of a memorable soundtrack.

I rented this upon titoli's suggestion. Afro

I'm really quite surprised its never on TV here, at least on the cable I get

Glenn Ford ...  Tom Reese
Jack Lemmon ...  Frank Harris
Anna Kashfi ...  Maria Vidal/Arriega
Brian Donlevy ...  Doc Bender, Trailhand
Dick York ...  Charlie, Trailhand
Víctor Manuel Mendoza ...  Paco Mendoza, Ramrod
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2007, 08:45:28 PM »

Joe, thanks, that sounds like an interesting film. Yeah, it's never on TV, and I've never had a chance to see it. I'll keep it in mind. Of course, and earlier effort by Daves, Ford, and Lawton is Jubal, quite an interesting Western with Rod Steiger as the heavy. Also has Felicia Farr and Charles Bronson and Borgnine.

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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2007, 09:55:42 PM »

I had Jubal in my collection but I traded it away I wasn't that impressed with it at the time.

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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2007, 10:42:56 PM »

I think it's worth another look. Valerie French is very good in it, and Steiger of course is always interesting.

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« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2010, 08:02:58 AM »

I agree with titoli's short review and CJ's rating. It's nothing memorable but it does have a few interesting turns. The corrida is probably the best part of the movie: I wonder if it was Ford himself or a stuntman? When they start playing with the snake is pretty interesting too, just one of those WTH moments, bizarre, but I did enjoy Ford's explanation more than anything else.

Jack Lemmon's only W? (Don't feel like searching the IMDb.)


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« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2010, 08:06:32 AM »

WP says this movie wasn't even released in the US, it only had a limited release in NYC. Queer, very queer.

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« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2010, 10:31:27 AM »

Not much of a memorable soundtrack.
Maybe Sergio thought differently?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8NonaKxGIQ

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