Film Review – COLT .45 (1950)

Randolph Scott interview from December, 1949 | 50 Westerns From ...COLT .45 (USA, 1950) **½
      Distributor: Warner Bros.; Production Company: Warner Bros.; Release Date: 5 May 1950 (USA), 11 December 1950 (UK); Filming Dates: mid November–mid December 1949; Running Time: 74m; Colour: Technicolor; Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound System); Film Format: 35mm; Film Process: Spherical; Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1; BBFC Cert: U.
      Director: Edwin L. Marin; Writer: Thomas W. Blackburn; Producer: Saul Elkins; Director of Photography: Wilfred M. Cline; Music Composer: William Lava; Film Editor: Frank Magee; Art Director: Douglas Bacon; Set Decorator: William Wallace; Costumes: Orry-Kelly (uncredited); Make-up: Perc Westmore; Sound: Dolph Thomas; Special Effects: Harry Barndollar.
      Cast: Randolph Scott (Steve Farrell), Ruth Roman (Beth Donovan), Zachary Scott (Jason Brett), Lloyd Bridges (Paul Donovan), Alan Hale (Sheriff Harris), Ian MacDonald (Miller), Chief Thundercloud (Walking Bear), Walter Coy (Carl (uncredited)), Luther Crockett (Judge Tucker (uncredited)), Charles Evans (Redrock Sheriff (uncredited)), Stanley Andrews (Sheriff (uncredited)).
      Synopsis: A gun salesman gets two of his new Colt .45 pistols stolen from him by a ruthless killer but vows to recover them.
      Comment: Whilst this B-Western is fast-paced and has plenty of action, it is also full of the cliches of the genre. The script only requires the actors to move from one shootout to another with little in the way of character development. Randolph Scott is the former army captain turned gun salesman who is duped by  Zacahary Scott out of his pair of Colt 45s. Zachary then goes on a rampage of stage holdups and joins forces with Hales’s crooked sheriff and Bridges. Roman is Bridges’ wife, who believes her husband is acting against his will. The plot lacks depth and the performances are wooden or over-the-top, with Zachary Scott’s snarling villain the worst culprit. Randolph tries to maintain his dignity and just about does so. The heavy-handed direction by Marin leaves the movie hovering uneasily between exciting and cringe-worthy. Followed by a TV series (1957-60). Aka: THUNDERCLOUD.

Film Review – TALL IN THE SADDLE (1944)

Image result for tall in the saddle 1944Tall in the Saddle (1944; USA; B&W; 87m) ***½  d. Edwin L. Marin; w. Michael Hogan, Paul Fix, Gordon Ray Young; ph. Robert De Grasse; m. Roy Webb.  Cast: John Wayne, George “Gabby” Hayes, Ward Bond, Ella Raines, Audrey Long, Elisabeth Risdon, Paul Fix, Raymond Hatton, Frank Puglia, George Chandler. When a stranger arrives in a western town he finds that the rancher who sent for him has been murdered. Fast-paced tale of deception with a love triangle thrown into the pot. Wayne is in his element as the stranger and Raines is feisty as a rancher’s hot-headed daughter. Hayes provides comic relief and whilst the story becomes more formulaic in its final act, it is never less than thoroughly enjoyable. This was the first Wayne film to be shown on American network television. Based on the novel by Gordon Ray Young. Also available in a computer colourised version. [U]