JOE KIDD [1972] movie review

October 12, 2013

When I saw that JOE KIDD [1972] was directed by John Sturges and written by Elmore Leonard my expectations went up for this Clint Eastwood western. It turns out I was a bit too hopeful though as it seems everyone was basically phoning in their performances in this rather generic A-list western. [Read more]

IN OLD CALIFORNIA [1942] movie review

September 7, 2013

I was going to write that IN OLD CALIFORNIA [1942] was an early John Wayne western, but he had already been in dozens of movies even before this 1942 one. CALIFORNIA follows one of the most common western plots, a new man in town comes in conflict with the town bully. [Read more]

SHOOT OUT [1971] movie review

August 11, 2013

So many westerns suffer from unfortunate, generic names. That is certainly true of SHOOT OUT [1971] starring Gregory Peck, which contained zero shoot outs. The title has nothing to do with the movie at all with Peck playing a recently released convict, Clay Lomax, who is surprised to find a young girl waiting for him at the train station instead of just an envelope of cash as he was expecting. [Read more]

RIVER OF NO RETURN [1954] movie review

July 28, 2013

Though more of an adventure movie set in the old west, there is enough classic western in RIVER OF NO RETURN [1954] to make it yet another hidden gem find thanks to Netflix (about the only thing Netflix is useful for these days). [Read more]

GUN FEVER [1958] movie review

October 14, 2012

Despite having two fairly strong lead acting performances, GUN FEVER has a hard time overcoming its disjointed beginning that makes it hard for the viewer to figure out who is who and why are we suddenly being introduced to seemingly random new characters. GUN FEVER is not a hidden gem, but is at least a serviceable western for those fans who have already seen many in the genre. [Read more]

ANGEL AND THE BADMAN [1947] movie review

August 19, 2012

Much to my delight, I am still able to uncover hidden western gems like ANGEL AND THE BADMAN starring John Wayne no less.  Why this western of his is not more well known I have no idea as it is certainly one of his best and definitely a classic black & white western that has all the elements I look for in a western (saloon scene, rock formation cinematography, tough hombre in the lead role). [Read more]

THE GAMBLER WORE A GUN [1961] movie review

June 3, 2012

At only 1 hour and 6 minutes THE GAMBLER WORE A GUN [1961]can hardly be called a feature length movie, but it had a very complicated plot involving the sale of a ranch and the subsequent murder of the previous owner. Made on an obviously small budget with a cast of actors with not the most fluid performances, it is still a decent western for western fans to pass a small part of an afternoon watching. [Read more]

TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA [1970] movie review

May 27, 2012

I am not sure why the movie is titled TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA [1970] as there is only ever one mule and then later a burrow. This is an “odd couple” type storyline with Clint Eastwood playing his usual loner, badass cowboy role and Shirley MacLaine playing a woman too pretty to be a nun, as Eastwood describes her. The pair had good chemistry together so a nun and a cowboy traveling through the Mexican countryside did not seem like that much of a gimmick. [Read more]

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