This is the picture that’s on my Duke calendar this month. I actually haven’t liked very much the pictures used on this calendar this year so I covered them up with my old Ronald Reagan calendar. But this month I removed the Reagan calendar from over top the Duke calendar. Good stuff.
Last night I watched a movie that was recommended here. It was one of those short and sweet unknown little western gems, FURY AT GUNSIGHT PASS. I was not familiar with David Brian, but the rest of the cast were all familiar faces that I love to see. A youngish Neville Brand, a real young looking Richard Long (that poor guy died way before his time), Percy Helton playing one of his better type characters a deceitful weasel, and Morris Ankrum, looking older here but this guy pops up in so many films playing different types he’s always interesting.
The storyline was the best part of this movie, it gets you right into it and keeps you involved throughout the entire little over an hour length. Only thing I didn’t like is that it wasn’t in color. It was a Fred Sears project and I’ve read a lot of positives here about Sears. It was a great little film and certainly worthy of the recommendations.
Second film I saw was on my same DVD as FURY… and that was 3 HOURS TO KILL starring Dana Andrews. As much as color was missing in FURY… it was more than made up for in 3 HOURS TO KILL, really bright, clear accurate color here. The storyline wasn’t as good as FURY… but it was loaded with great actors, a young Donna Reed playing Dana’s interest, Whit Bissell playing his usual sneaky weasel role and Carolyn Jones who I like but I didn’t recognize till after I read the credits and thought, “Oh, that was Carolyn!” She was also young and free. Good little movie too, made a nice followup to FURY… All in all good western night.
I watched a Joel McCrea movie last night that I’d sent away for on the basis of a recommendation on this site – “The Lone Hand”. I really enjoyed it. It was well directed, by the always reliable George Sherman, and featured an excellent cast, all in fine form, with good action highlights. The central relationship, between Joel and Jimmy Hunt, who played his son, was very believable, very warm, and had something of the quality I associated with a couple of other McCrea films, “Saddle Tramp” and “Stars in my Crown”.
While I was watching it, I thought, This is another terrific movie I’m watching because of the “50 Westerns from the Fifties” website! I’ve been following this site for quite a while now, before getting up the nerve to contribute, and as a result have watched many good movies which have come up in discussions on the blog: “Roughshod”, “Ambush at Tomahawk Gap”, “Apache Drums”, “Star in the Dust”, “The Last Posse”, “A Day of Fury”, “Panhandle”, “Short Grass”, “Red Sundown” – many others, all of them interesting and enjoyable, and all of them movies that I would have missed totally if I hadn’t been lucky enough to stumble across this wonderful blog!
It’s so much in tune with my movie-going history and interests that it might as well have a sub-heading: “50 Westerns from the Fifties – Barney, this is for you!”
Great comments Barney, you echo the way I felt when I first discovered this site. Some years back I spent time collecting any and all ’50’s westerns I could find, and esp. those in color, but the criteria for me was that it be made in the ’50’s or some from late ’40’s or early ’60’s. At any rate while collecting these I hadn’t even heard of them, all I knew was they were from the ’50’s and I knew I liked ’50’s westerns. Well, a couple years later I discovered this site, and to my delight I was now seeing the very same movies I had found and never heard of now being talked about and recommended. What great timing to read about these and learn about them when all I knew when I started was that I liked ’50’s westerns whenever I saw one which prompted me to record and look for ANYTHING ’50’s western. I appreciate anytime discussions of these off beat not heard of westerns are discussed and even more then being able to watch them. Many thanks go to this website.