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« on: June 07, 2010, 11:53:45 PM »

Early Sam Fuller film about Robert Ford (John Ireland), the killer of Jesse James.

For the most part, a pretty routine B Western. It has some great individual scenes but it never really takes off; one gets the intention that there's a great Western here struggling to get out. Instead of focusing on Ford's guilt, which IS well-done when it's touched on, there's way too much time spent on a sappy love triangle. Plus the narrative sags constantly, particularly in the second half. John Ireland is surprisingly good, considering how wooden he usually is. Some definite influences on The Assassination of Jesse James, particularly in the first half. 6/10

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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2010, 08:52:15 AM »

I told you you'll gonna have to acknowledge his immense talent at some point, didn't I?

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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2010, 06:19:07 PM »

Did you?

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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2013, 09:35:29 AM »

Free viewing on Hulu, today (and maybe tomorrow) only: http://www.hulu.com/watch/482857

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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2017, 01:38:45 AM »

Small addition.

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Sam Fuller's first film direction is a version of what happened to Robert Ford (John Ireland), the man who famously killed his friend - Jesse James (Reed Hadley).

Taking up the basic elements of the real life story, Fuller keeps the narrative tight whilst ensuring the complexities of the main characters come to the fore. All the quirks and peccadilloes of the human condition are explored (the detail of Ford's torments and troubles superbly told), which is something of a rarity for a late 1940s "B" standard Western. The use of close-ups are to purposely highlight the psychological discord on show, marking this out as a good pointer to the later work of its maverick director. Ernest Hiller photographs the exteriors out of Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth and support to Ireland comes from Preston Foster, Barbara Britton and J. Edward Bromberg. 7/10

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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2017, 02:34:25 AM »

Saw this recently on TCM, crappy love triangle blah blah blah 6/10

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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2017, 10:51:24 AM »

crappy love triangle
Groggy told us that 7 years ago.

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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2017, 10:55:28 AM »

Groggy told us that 7 years ago.

No, he told you about the sappy love triangle. I told you about the crappy love triangle.

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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2017, 12:12:26 PM »

Wow. Our understanding of the film is really advancing! Grin

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