Dennis Cozzalio at Sergio Leone And The Infield Fly Rule has posted a fabulous piece on the appeal of 50s Westerns — in particular those of Universal-International. Please read it.
Researching my book, throwing stuff up on this blog and communicating with the nice folks I’ve met along the way, I’m constantly reminded how much I love these things — the great ones, the good ones, even the crummy ones. Dennis brings up a few specific pictures, like the terrific No Name On The Bullet (1959), but his points really cover the genre, and the decade, as a whole.
More importantly, he nails what it’s like to be a fan of these films.