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Budd Boetticher directed a series of Westerns starring the taciturn, stone-faced Randolph Scott--- and this one is great.
Scott plays a rancher who is the only force standing between a gang of ruthless and truly bloodthirsty killers intent on kidnapping the daughter of the territory's richest man. Richard Boone and Henry Silva are two of the vicious gang, though Boone invests his vile character with a disturbing complexity. Silva--- is there a better cinema villain?--- conveys more in his swagger and sneer than most could in paragraphs of dialogue.
Maureen O'Sullivan shows the same school marm with hidden sex appeal she displayed in the Weismuller Tarzan films.
This is a pared-down, lean film with cinematography to rival any Ford film of the genre. On Criterion Channel.
It will be showing a series of movies starring Randolph Scott.
"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. "
― W.C. Fields
Thanks for the tip. Loved it! Scott was really a great actor, and Richard Boone was very good.
Another Randolph Scott/Bud Boetticher collaboration with a similar theme is "Commanche Station". Scott rescues Nancy Gates from Commanches only to learn there's a reward for her return and he must deal with bounty hunters led by Claude Akins. According to IMDb, this was to be Scott's retirement movie. Retirement lasted for 2 years until he was lured by Sam Peckinpah to be in "Ride The High Country", which was Scott's final movie.
them all---- good scripts, excellent cinematography, and terrific supporting actors. Thanks for the reminder on High Country! It's time for another viewing.
I almost mentioned the presence of the always good Arthur Hunnicutt in "The Tall T".
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