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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Favorite Underrated Comedies - Steve Q

Steve is an avid runner and movie fan extraordinaire. Read his musings about both at his blog: 

To make "Underrated Comedies" manageable, I limited myself to comedy westerns of 1970. I still have 5:

Support Your Local Sheriff! (IMDB says 1969) ***1/2.
James Garner plays the most reluctant, easily-irritated but completely hands-off sheriff imaginable. With genre stalwarts Jack Elam, Harry Morgan and Walter Brennan, plus Bruce Dern. This delight had a sequel (with a disturbing gambling addiction that killed the comedy).

There Was a Crooked Man ***
Very dark black comedy; too cynical and cruel for many. Kirk Douglas is the bad guy in prison, Henry Fonda the new warden. With Warren Oates, Burgess Meredith and Alan Hale, Jr.

The Ballad of Cable Hogue ***
When you think "Peckinpah western," you think "Wild Bunch," not comedy, but this is a classic Jason Robards comedy. Robards, left for dead, finds water in the desert and the bad guys return. With Stella Stevens for eye candy. The rattlesnake scene is priceless.

The Cheyenne Social Club **1/2
A weak script and weak direction (by Gene Kelly) do not stop Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda and Shirley Jones from making a very watchable film. Stewart unwittingly inherits a whorehouse, against his morals, but gets won over by the girls.

They Call Me Trinity **
Spaghetti western spoof. A drifter and his robber brother (impersonating a sheriff) fight against a land baron. The climactic showdown becomes a choreographed slapstick fistfight. I haven't seen it since it was in the theater (I was 8 and my strongest memory of it is that Terence Hill's eyes are so blue it hurts to look at them.


Robert M. Lindsey said...

We discovered the Trinity movies in college and watched them several times! Great stuff!

SteveQ said...

Thanks for including me in the series!

Stacia said...

I thought the gambling problem in Support Your Local Gunfighter was kind of nice, it added some edge to the film. But since it was the early 1970s it was probably supposed to be funny, which definitely has not worn well as time has passed.