Here’s a couple excellent pictures I’ve been reminded of over the last couple days.
First, I finished James Best’s book Best In Hollywood, which I really enjoyed. He dedicates a chapter to Paul Newman, covering their time working on The Left-Handed Gun (1958). (His story about being hung in Ride Lonesome is great, too.)
Laura from Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings brought up one she really likes — A Man Alone (1955), starring and directed by Ray Milland. It’s a very unusual Western, with a great part for Ward Bond — which he’s great in. It’s on Encore Westerns this weekend, I think. An obscure film that shouldn’t be obscure.
I’m also a big fan of the one-sheets for these films. In the 50s, Warner Bros.’ art department sure had a way with type. The left-justified type — Left-Handed Gun, get it? — is a cool touch. And for A Man Alone, Republic showed a level of restraint that gives the film a distinguished (their word) feel. I really love that painting — wonder who did it, and where it is.