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The Cheyenne Social Club / Firecreek (2006)

James Stewart , Henry Fonda , Gene Kelly , Vincent McEveety  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones, Inger Stevens
  • Directors: Gene Kelly, Vincent McEveety
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
  • Run Time: 228 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FTCLQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,085 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cheyenne Social Club / Firecreek" on IMDb

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  • Vintage "The Cheyenne Social Club" Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailers

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The teaming of James Stewart and Henry Fonda was a natural: not only were the two men veteran stars of their generation, but they'd actually been friends and even roommates since early in their careers. These two Westerns offer the stars in their relaxed end-of-career mode, with Stewart in the hero roles and Fonda as either villain or burr-under-the-saddle sidekick.

Firecreek is a grim 1968 Western that carries a strong residual aroma of High Noon. Stewart plays a farmer who happens to be the nominal (but rarely needed) sheriff of Firecreek, which means he must go into service when Fonda and his scurvy bunch of desperados (among them Gary Lockwood and Jack Elam) come to town looking for trouble. This slow, stripped-down picture has a philosophical undertone, with Fonda's weary, wounded outlaw trading bitter wisdom with local girl Inger Stevens. It goes on too long and Stewart is in the phase of coasting on his familiar persona, but overall it's a decent little Western fable.

The Cheyenne Social Club, from 1970, gets off to a marvelous start, with a sequence of saddle tramps Stewart and Fonda riding across half the West as Fonda maintains a fractured monologue throughout. Screenwriter James Lee Barrett was a veteran who worked frequently with Stewart (Shenandoah) and John Wayne, and some of the Western flavor is fine, but... things turn crass as soon as the pals realize Stewart has inherited a bordello in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Everybody except Fonda overacts mercilessly, and director Gene Kelly--yes, that Gene Kelly--indulges a leering style that undercuts some of the authentic laughs. Shirley Jones is around to provide comfort at the club; some predictable gunplay is mixed in with the jokes. However middling these two films might be in the filmographies of their formidable stars, it must be said that the widescreen transfer of both films to DVD is very good. --Robert Horton

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They can be tough as leather. Or as down-home as any pair of good ol' boys. Either way, there's a sense of warm respect between the two stars. The off-camera friendship of James Stewart and Henry Fonda goes back to their days as struggling actors and roommates. The Cheyenne Social Club [Side A] casts them as saddle-weary Texans who, surprised to find they've inherited a Wyoming bawdy house, feel honor-bound to defend it against a gun-wielding gang. Gene Kelly produces and directs this mix of fun and Western action. Next comes a firestorm of character-driven excitement in Firecreek [Side B]. Fonda plays an outlaw preying on small towns, and Stewart is the jittery, $2-a-month part-time lawman who must find the courage to stop him. This will be some showdown!

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two of Hollywood's greatest actors together June 4, 2006
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Henry Fonda and Jimmie Stewart were two of the greatest, most versatile, actors of the Golden Age of movies. Unfortunately, some people tend to dismiss Jimmy Stewart as a somewhat lightweight actor because of the low-key aw-shucks acting style he used in some of his early movies. But, after his service as a bomber pilot in WWII, Stewart's performances toughened up considerably, as his performance in Firecreek clearly shows. Henry Fonda, on the other hand, was an oustanding and highly versatile actor throughout his entire career and, in retrospect, may well have been THE greatest movie actor ever. The two quite different movies on this DVD -- the brutal western Firecreek and the superbly-comedic somewhat-bawdy western The Cheyenne Social Club -- illustrate Fonda's incredible ability to completely assume whatever role he portrayed without any hint of acting. Unfortunately Henry Fonda and Jimmie Stewart, despite being close friends, made few movies together. This DVD presents these two legendary actors together in two excellent, but entirely different, westerns. My personal favorite of the two movies presented on this DVD is The Cheyenne Social Club, perhaps because I prefer comedy to violence, and perhaps because it allows these real-life friends to portray friends rather than implacable enemies as in Firecreek. But whichever western genre you prefer, you will not see better actors or better performances than presented in these contrasting movies.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT! October 16, 2006
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FIRECREEK This is a profound and deeply moving film! Its simple plot incorporates the timeless and very important message that we ought to take a stand in this world! "The day a man decides not to face the world is the day he better step out of it!"

Jimmy Stewart is Johnny Cobb, a farmer and a part-time sheriff of Firecreek and Henry Fonda is Larkin, a hired killer, who passes through the town with his gang. Both men do not take seriously their leadership roles until a tragic incident forces them to meet in a deadly fight. Larkin wants to prove that he is somebody important. It is a question of Honor for Johnny Cobb. On the streets of this small town, where nothing significant ever happens, one man will find his death, another his pride!

Beautiful music score, impressive cast of talented actors and James Stewart delivers one of his most powerful and most brilliant performances ever! He portrays with splendid grace Cobb's dramatic transformation from a laid back and placid farmer to a brave and proud man! Great film!

THE CHAYENNE SOCIAL CLUB I love this western! Watching it was such a refreshing experience! I didn't stop laughing, just couldn't help myself!

Two real-life friends, Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda are friends on screen. John O'Hanlan/Jimmy inherits "Social" Club that comes with six beautiful working girls, who need his protection. All kinds of dangerous situations occur and both John O'Hanlan/Stewart &Harley Sullivan/Fonda risk their lives to save the girls. There is something for everyone in here: love, romance, betrayal, hilarious action packed scenes and loads of fresh, healthy humour! You'll even hear Jimmy Stewart &Henry Fonda sing and they sound pretty good too!

Nice Anamorphic transfer. The extras include theatrical trailer and documentary on the making of the movie with short commentary by Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda and Gene Kelly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Good Pairings January 23, 2007
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This disk contains two westerns, both staring Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda. The pair works well together in very different roles.

The first is a comedy and the second is a drama. In the first they are buddies, in the second they are enemies. In both, they are splendid.

Individual reviews appear below:

THE CHEYENNE SOCIAL CLUB

This One's a Hoot

Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda play a couple of cowboys working on the range. When Stewart gets a letter he is surprised to learn that his bother has died and left him his business. It is a placed called the Cheyenne Social Club. So it is that Stewart and his sidekick, Fonda, set out for Wyoming with the expectation of becoming respectable business men.

Upon arrival, Stewart learns that he is the most popular and respected man in town. He also learns that his social club is a brothel. This strikes him as not being "in his line of work" and he determines to close the place down. That takes him from being the most respected to the most reviled man in town. He has some hard decisions to make and even more trouble appears when he learns that there are contractual agreements between his shop and the railroad. Things get more complicated still when he learns that there are some ruffians roughing up some of his girls.

Stewart is just a nice guy trying to do the "right thing". Eventually, he does...much to his own surprise.

FIRECREEK

Sometimes the Little Guys Win

This is another pairing of Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda in a western.

Stewart plays a farmer, respected by his peers and given the honorary title of sheriff in his town. The tile also comes with a home made tin badge and 20 dollars. It is a sign of esteem and nothing more.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stewart and Fonda..What a pair February 13, 2007
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This western double feature disk is worth every penny

The Cheyenne Social Club is a bitter sweet comedy. Stewart inherited a brothel froma deceased brother. Fonda is his saddle buddy who comes alonmg with him. The madam of house is played by Shirley Jones. Stewart finds it hard to manage the ladies. Comedy with western action ensues

FireCreek pits Stewart as farmer/part time Sheriff against gunfighter Fonda with his gang (Gary Lockwood. Jack Elam) who preys upon the small town and its citzens. It has a High Noon-que quality, but seem more sadistic for my taste. It is tend for now, but in the 1970s when this film came out, it was rated M for mature

Both westerns showcase the talents of Fonda and Stewart and these are worth your time

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 3 days ago by Charlotte
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Good Movies
These are two interesting movies with excellent acting by Stewart & Fonda. A nice variety (totally different movies). Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good
Published 5 days ago by James Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars All four discs were o-kay and my husband enjoyed watching them
I ordered this plus two other movies on four discs for my husband, who was released from our local hospital. All four discs were o-kay and my husband enjoyed watching them. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Sharon Rabon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great older movies that I have been looking for
Great older movies that I have been looking for, well directed, produced & acting, glad to get them into my collection, Thank You.
Published 14 days ago by Laurent Winstead II
4.0 out of 5 stars very good classic
very good classic movie
Published 18 days ago by Theodore W. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
Henry Fonda is hilarious in this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Steven M. Goff
5.0 out of 5 stars The way movies should be
Had not seen these movies in a long time, had forgotten how much I really love James Stewart and Henry Fonda together. They were a definite joy onscreen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Firecreek is a classic!
Published 1 month ago by Gregory P. Warger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie great selection will shop again
Published 1 month ago by Pilgrim367
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