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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Underrated Westerns - Robert M. Lindsey

Robert runs the wonderful RetroHound blog ( and is quite active on letterboxd as well:

They Call Me Trinity (1970) and Trinity Is STILL My Name! (1971) both  Enzo Barboni (as E.B. Clucher)
I never see these films talked about, while lots of people talk about My Name is Nobody. Probably because of Henry Fonda. These two overlooked films are hilarious Westerns with Terence Hill and Bud Spenser as brothers who love each other and can't stand each other.

The Deserter (1971) Niksa Fulgosi, Burt Kennedy
I saw this late night one time and loved it.  Years later when talking to another guy in college, he started telling me about a movie he'd run across late at night and loved and began describing this very movie!  So it's not just me!  Richard Crenna, Chuck Connors, Ricardo Montalban, Slim Pickens, Woody Strode, and Patrick Wayne!  A men-on-a-mission film with a bunch of misfits trained to go on a suicide mission.  Think of it as a Dirty Dozen in the West made by Italians.

The Man from Snowy River (1982) George Miller
If Quigley Down Under counts as a Western (and it should) then this certainly should.  While Quigley is more action oriented, this is probably more romance oriented.  But don't let that throw you off, it's a great movie with some exciting sequences.  Plus, Kirk Douglas in dual roles.

Johnny Guitar (1954) Nicholas Ray
Sterling Hayden and Joan Crawford are possibly too old for the roles here and Mercedes McCambridge is way over the top, but it's an unusual twist on the Western. (The guitar really doesn't play into it much)

Dodge City (1939) Michael Curtiz
Made my best new-to-me list for 2013 ( ). My first thought was "Errol Flynn as a cowboy?"  He was great. He was basically a Wyatt Earp type fellow, cleaning up Dodge City. There are several exciting set pieces with fires, and barroom brawls, and trains, etc.  Just a great picture.

Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985) Hugh Wilson
Better than Blazing Saddles.  There, I said it.

The Comancheros (1961) Michael Curtiz, John Wayne (uncredited) El Dorado (1966) Howard Hawks & Rio Lobo (1970) Howard Hawks
John Wayne Westerns that are some of the most enjoyable, but rarely get mentioned among his best.   Probably for good reason (especially Rio Lobo), but they are entertaining.  Comancheros is the best of the bunch followed by El Dorado, then way behind is Rio Lobo.  El Dorado and Rio Lobo are both sort-of remakes of Hawks' Rio Bravo, but they each bring something new to it.  I don't know who hired the actors for Rio Lobo, but most of them aren't very good, however Jack Elam totally makes up for it.  

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