Thursday, March 04, 2010

Man in the Saddle

4 comments:

  1. Scott's seven films with director Budd Boetticher (and particularly the four written by Burt Kennedy) have achieved just fame and respect in recent years.

    But it's surprising how many of Scott's other westerns from the '40s and '50s are really strong -- how un-formula they are, often based on novels (like this one, which even gets Ernest Haycox above title billing in the preview).

    Two great Scott westerns that Boetticher didn't direct are HANGMAN'S KNOT (the only film directed by Roy Huggins, and co-starring Lee Marvin) and A LAWLESS STREET (directed by GUN CRAZY's Joe Lewis).

    Tough to go wrong with a Randolph Scott western.

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  2. Johncon11:03 AM

    Also, check out CORONER CREEK from the Luke Short novel. It's the first film from Randolph's production company with Harry Joe Brown.
    It has not been released on a legal DVD but was issued on VHS.

    Watch this clip...pretty brutal stuff for 1948

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNRHdOL-QWw

    I watch this a couple times every year and have yet to read the book to compare Kenneth Gamet's screenplay to Short's book. I'm heading to the library right now to see if I can pick it up.

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  3. Great clip. Was there something Randy should have noticed. I've seen this one, but it was a long time ago.

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