There’s been a lot of concern about the aspect ratios of Fox’s MOD releases — and several complaints about pan-and-scan transfers of CinemaScope titles. That’s simply not acceptable in this age of DVD, Blu-ray, 16:9 and all that. Well, with a couple things on the way, we don’t have to worry about that so much, because Powder River (1953) was 1.37 and The Gambler From Natchez (1954), from Panaramic Productions and released by Fox, was probably run 1.66.
Rory Calhoun and Cameron Mitchell star in Powder River (1953), as variations on Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, respectively. It’s a modest, solid Western — the kind of thing Calhoun excelled at. John Dehner’s in it, which is always a plus. Colin over at Riding The High Country reviewed at a while back.
Dale Robertson and Debra Paget star in The Gambler From Natchez. It’s a riverboat gambling picture, set in 1840s Louisiana, and technically not a Western. Its cast also includes Kevin McCarthy and Woody Strode — and I remember it being pretty good.