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Le May, like James M. Cain, was a surprisingly fine writer on very filmable tropes (this is a solid script, poorly acted) but had little notion of how to direct or how to edit down a superfluity of rather beautiful location footage. Every scene runs slightly overlong, giving the film a lumpy rhythm, and the bargain-basement cast seem bewildered and not quite on top of the script complexities. Junior Barrymore's performance as outcast drifter Cooncat is not bad, Chill Wills rocks the barn party with his greatest hit, the rather butch cowgirls Lois Butler and Kristine Miller are surprisingly emancipated, and of course Jack Elam steals the show in the badguy role "Smiling Man.Read more ›
So what are the good points? Chill Wills gives the kind of appealing folksy performance before he became a cariacture and Basil Ruysdael as the father left me wanting to see more of him in something (anything) else. The film was directed and written by Alan LeMay who can be forgiven for this since his story was the source for Ford's "The Searchers". And there's the landscape spread out over 6 ranches, from arroyos to plains to riversides. As for John Drew Barrymore- well, he's got beautiful blue eyes and a great head of hair which as Mick Jagger once said is all you need to be a rock star. Not a film star.
I remember our old 1950s era Philco television (needless to say, black and white) whose picture tube was on its way out. Believe me, the old Philco had better video quality than this. Too bad, too, because it looked like an interesting movie.
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AUUUGHH,, I DID get the b/w version, and it's a terrible transfer. Will try again, to get the VCI product, if, indeed, it IS in color. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Doug
VCI did a good job with this one. Audio/video quality is quite good and there are no technical issues to speak of. Despite other reviews, I still like the film and it's story. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by larryj1
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