While we’re on DAY OF THE OUTLAW, let me just skip back a little past the current Lee Marvin book and then stop at Dan Duryea in order to go forward again…I remember first seeing Dan Duryea when as a kid I watched Audie’s RIDE CLEAR OF DIABLO with my late father on tv sometime in the early 1960s. He pointed Duryea out to me and said that he was one of his favorites. Naturally I asked who his favorite actors were. He said Dan Duryea, Lee Marvin and Robert Ryan, and though they were not often the main star they were usually the best actor in the film…So with the current Duryea, Marvin & Ryan posts I couldn’t help but to remember that moment.
…Now my father may not have been right about a lot of things (who is?), but when it comes to Duryea, Marvin and Ryan he was right-on.
They have since become my favorites as well and because of watching RIDE CLEAR OF DIABLO that night with my father I feel I’ve gained a special insight to three of the best to have ever graced 1950s Westerns.
That’s a fantastic still. Brrrrr! Also enjoyed all the comments above.
I know thanks to some of the movies I’ve seen this month I’m anxious to see even more Murphy and Duryea films! I’ve really seen very few Murphy films, in particular, so I have a lot of catching up to do. My dad is going to ship me GUNSMOKE soon, and I’ve recently recorded SIERRA.
I haven’t seen WINCHESTER 73 since I was a kid (!) so I need to get that one out too! And it looks like I should put DAY OF THE OUTLAW on a watch list, too.
I’ve been waiting for a real snowy day to watch this one. So far, round these parts, it’s been a mighty mild winter. Just a couple of dustings. But from what the weather man says things may change over the next few days. If I’m snowed in, you know what I’ll be watching. Lookin’ forward to Big Bad Burl and that evil eye of Robert Ryan, this one’s good ‘un.