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Glenn Ford does one of the best slow burns I've ever seen as a violent man turned shopkeeper who slowly loses his way--resulting in terrible consequences for the good people of his town. Incredibly efficient film with hardly a single wasted minute (except for an odd dance sequence featuring Russ Tamblyn during a little hoedown early on), this film is almost noirish in its singularity of vision, and it has a genuinely clever set of switch-ups on the way to its very satisfying ending. Give it a chance. I think it should be much better known.
i first saw this little B western a number of years ago and many westerns later, i still consider this little gem an absolute masterpiece. it is my favorite western of all time. this one excels in ways no other western film could. it deals with a seemingly modest and reserved shopkeeper whom we soon learn is dealing with a serious mental dilemma manifested in his psyche through guilt. to disclose anymore details would be unjust to anyone who hasn't had the awesome pleasure of witnessing this little gem.
as for the DVD. for latest format (DVD-R) and distribution: Warner Archives, the transfer is quite good and the sound is also very audible and clear. i personally had some problem getting it to play in my player but i think it must have been a slight compatibility problem as all players have some quirks.
This one of my favorite movies all though it is hard to find. I would love to have this movie especially in a colorized version and wide screen. Glen Ford plays the part of a store keeper who puts away his gun for a new begining with his wife. As the story plays out a mean low down killer wanting to make a name played by Brodrick Crawford. The towns people get to talking about how he killed a gun fighter. Some of the men keep going over the story and frustrating Glenn Ford.He then gets agitated and wants people to know he was good and fast with the gun. He does not say to the towns people he has not killed anyone with a gun. Glenn Ford was known as the fastest draw with a gun in hollywood westerns.
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2009
Tough Broderick Crawford is compelled to be the fastest gun alive. He insists on doing battle with Glen Ford, who may actually be faster, but who has never faced another man in a gunfight. The outcome is interesting. Crawford sounds as much like a westerner as Rocky Balboa. But his character is ice cold and awful. Crawford pulls it off with skill. Ford's western dialect is right out of Ohio, but his acting is almost painful to watch. Despite some hitches in the movie(not the kind horses are tied to), I enjoy watching it for the suspense, and for the ultimate moment - the gunfight itself.
Glen Ford plays George Temple, a peaceful storekeeper in a small town, Jeanne Crain plays Dora his wife..Unknown to all except Dora, George knows all about guns, and in truth is really the fastest gun alive...He keeps his secret and his guns hidden...Over time George becomes more and more agitated having to listen to the towns people talk about great Gunfighters of the past such as Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid and Clint Fallon...George knows they think less of him because he doesn't carry a gun, he also knows they view of him as meek and mild..,Then one day the town hears that Vinnie Harold( Broderick Crawford) has gunned down Fallon and witnesses say that Harold is the fastest they've ever seen..he must be the fastest gun alive..Despite pleading from Dora not to, that is the catalyst for George to go and get his guns and put on a show...He amazes everyone with his feats..Problem is Vinnie gets to hear about George and decides it's time for a showdown and a surprise ending..I really liked this film, The suspense, atmosphere and B/W photography reminded me a lot of High Noon...That was one of my Top Ten Westerns...This one was very close...Great picture and sound..Runs for 90 mins and for this version you will need a Multi Region DVD player
i purchased this after reading the above favourable reviews and i really enjoyed the film and it is a welcomed addition to any western fans film collection . there are a couple of things that should be pointed out though firstly the film is in black and white and the picture is not the sharpest i have seen , and secondly its only in english and there are no subtitles available , that said the film still impressed me and glen ford has never looked better in a western than he does here .
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 27, 2015
The story is very good and well told. Unfortunately the quality of the recording was abysmal. It was as if the DVD had been copied from a grainy VHS tape sometimes used by some free to air channels. I buy lots of old films and the quality is often excellent. I could have recorded it from a mainstream TV channel and got an excellent copy but it has not been shown for many years, hence this purchase. It should have been £1.99! I wonder that it continues to be sold.
This is one of the better Westerns..........A hardened gunslinger (Broderick Crawford), must keep proving to himself that there is no one faster than he is................Finally, there are two graves, Broderick Crawford rests in one, and the fastest gun 'alive' occupies the other..............The film, a good transfer, is in black and white...................