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« on: December 12, 2009, 04:38:36 PM »

Directed by Raoul Walsh. Stars Rock Hudson and Donna Reed. Lee Marvin has a bit part. The script sucks, it begins somewhat promising but grows dumber and more inconceivable with each passing scene. The score is average, though there are a couple nice bits featuring spanish guitars, which should have been featured prominently. What I did love about this movie is the set design and landscapes: beautiful orange earth tones and bright blue skies. CJ, if you haven't seen this, you should just for the landscapes, at least, watch a clip and see what you think.

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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2009, 07:10:59 PM »

Don't think I've ever caught it I'll keep an eye out.

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 06:34:48 PM »

Agreed with former reviewer. An alternate title for this could be "The multiple rising from the dead". it seems that anybody counted dead just won't stay so. There's also a lame gay subtext of the Warlock kind (courtesy of Leo Gordon). Also interesting the fact that Donna Reed is raped when still a virgin and no big fuss is made about it (too easy to remark that she was to marry Hudson so no great damage is made).  A release in the original 3D might be interesting for for those who haven't seen it yet. Because of the fast pace and the scenery I raise the rating to 7\10.

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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2014, 02:22:40 AM »

One of Walsh's lesser westerns. Ok for a watch. 4/10

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 02:53:48 AM »


Whilst tackling the 3-D gimmick they forgot to form the characters.

Gun Fury is directed by Raoul Walsh and stars Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Phillip Carey, Roberta Haynes, Leo Gordon, Lee Marvin & Neville Brand. It's adapted from the novel Ten Against Caesar written by Kathleen B. George & Robert A. Granger. Cinematographer is Lester White, with Sedona, Arizona used for the location work. It is a Technicolor production out of Columbia Pictures.

Plot sees Hudson as Civil War veteran Ben Warren, who after meeting up with Jennifer (Reed), the girl he is soon to marry, catches the stage to Haynesville. But little do they know that two of the passengers (Carey & Gordon) that are travelling with them are outlaws who are after the strongbox on board the coach. Once the hold-up occurs a fight breaks out and during the mle Ben is shot and presumed dead . The outlaws flee taking Jennifer with them. But Ben is not dead, and now he's after them. Having recently turned pacifist, just what will he do to get his love back unharmed?.

Originally presented in 3-D on its release, Gun Fury is a brisk Western that unsurprisingly given it's director's keen eye for such things, isn't found wanting for action. However, for depth of story and character studies, it's not one too get excited about. Which is a shame because there's definitely scope within the plot to expand some of the protagonists psychological themes. Still, if one is after a quick fix of Western action staples then this serves its purpose. Gun play, horse pursuits and even fist fights in the water, Walsh delivers pulse raising scenes set in amongst the gorgeous back drops of Sedona. But be warned, the finale is some what tepid and doesn't do justice to what had gone before it.

Cast wise Hudson is solid enough but is blown off the screen by both Carey & Gordon. While Reed is attractive and professional in what is a pretty undemanding role. In the support cast there's the added bonus of having tough guys Marvin & Brand playing villains. The score from uncredited Arthur Morton & Mischa Bakaleinikoff links the narrative well enough, and there's some fun to be had with the 3-D moments as various items are launched at the screen. So a safe time filler for Western fans then, but it could, and should, have been much more. 6/10

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