|Joan/Vienna plays as the posse arrive ...|
|Jeff & Vera - THE SEARCHERS|
and then the door closes, its a western poem really with those landscapes and characters ... and they are showing JOHNNY GUITAR (left) again tomorrow, naturally I will have a front row seat, it is after all the first film I ever saw aged 8, and I love every delirious minute of it, as per previous posts.
Now that 1962 behemoth HOW THE WEST WAS WON is getting quite a few screenings and its fun to drop in and watch it for a while now and then. First thing to say is it looks terrific now on HD widescreen television - before it looked cramped and the joins of the 3 screens (used for Cinerama) were obvious and it looked liked it needed restoring. So it looks terrific now as we watch several generations of that family headed by Karl Malden and Agnes Moorehead heading west. with the daughters Carroll Baker and Debbie Reynolds. The score is terrific here too as Alfred Newman and Ken Darby's majestic music takes the pioneers through every conceivable encounter in the West, from fighting off river pirates to hazardous rapids on their raft ...
A couple of western treats: the run of the mill GUN FURY in 1953 is a pleasing Raoul Walsh oater with the good teaming of Rock Hudson and Donna Reed (right) fighting badman Phil Carey, and young Lee Marvin excels here as he does in SEVEN MEN FROM NOW, reviewed here recently. Ty Power and Susan Hayward are teamed in Hathaway's tense RAWHIDE for Fox in 1951 more of a thriller than a western as Hugh Marlowe and his gang, including Jack Elam at his most loathsome, hold up a stagecoach station while awaiting a gold consignment to be delivered. Can our warring couple outwit the gang and keep alive?