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Friday, June 10, 2011

Cowboy Pitchers - just not what they used to be?

No offense to all the good ol' boys tryn' to be rough hands and rustlers but cowboy pictures just ain't the same no more. Perhaps John Ford was just one in a million, perhaps John Wayne can't be replaced - but really? Can anything new compare? 

"High Noon" (1952) - Mr. Gary Cooper is a suit makers dream, all clean lines and sharpness...but give him a gun belt and some dust, the man was made for it. Delivering lines as snappy as bullets- a must view movie. 

"The Searchers" (1956) -  No one can be tough, mean and full of spite while pulling at your heart strings like John Wayne. Ford does his best work making Wayne and Hunter into believable, hard bitten characters. Cinematography to envy. 

"Destry Rides Again" (1932, 1939) - Every rule has its exception....the usual rant against remakes is all mixed up here, because both films are well worth watching and keeping on your rewatchable list. Tom Mix covers anger and emotes undercurrents in the original 1932 version. Meanwhile, Jimmy Stewart smolders along side Marlene Dietrich in the 1939 remake. The first might be difficult to locate, maybe Netflix? but make the effort. 

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