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Grey Market Cinema: Nevada (1927)

Gunslinger Jim “Nevada” Lacy (Gary Cooper) successfully springs his sidekick Cash Burridge (Ernie Adams) from the Lineville hoosegow, and the two men decide to emulate the heroes of TV’s Alias Smith and Jones by taking the straight-and-narrow for a change.  They find their salvation in the tiny hamlet of Winthrop, “a quiet, calm, peaceful place”—but no sooner have they… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Nevada (1927)

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Buried Treasures: Frontier Gal (1945)

Johnny Hart (Rod Cameron) comes a-ridin’ into the town of Red Gulch after successfully eluding a posse…and no sooner has he entered the town saloon when he’s engaged in a barroom brawl.  (It will not take us too long to suss out that Monsieur Hart has anger management issues.)  His attentions are quickly drawn toward the “Boss… Continue reading Buried Treasures: Frontier Gal (1945)

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From the DVR: Gun the Man Down (1956)

“The only crime of which a person must be ashamed and for which there must be retribution is a double-cross.” – Danny Peary, in a Cult Movies 2 essay on Rowland Brown’s Blood Money (1933) Matt Rankin (Robert J. Wilke) is masterminding a bank heist in a pre-credits sequence of the underrated 1956 western Gun the Man Down.  His partners are… Continue reading From the DVR: Gun the Man Down (1956)

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Buried Treasures: Cattle Empire (1958)

In the sleepy little hamlet of Hamilton—a cow town (literally) named after cattle baron Ralph Hamilton (Don Haggerty)—the townsfolk are taking ex-con John Cord (Joel McCrea) for a drag through the burg’s dusty streets.  The populace of Hamilton has a bit of a beef (apologies for the pun) with Cord; five years earlier, drovers from a… Continue reading Buried Treasures: Cattle Empire (1958)

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Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #71

Apologies for things being so slow on the blog of late—the short answer is that I’ve been kept pretty busy with an outside project or two (and this week until the end of May is going to find me positively swamped).  The long answer—which you could probably obtain by throwing a few lit matches at me—is… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #71

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Grey Market Cinema: No Man’s Law (1927)

When I mention the name of “Hal Roach,” the first thing you generally think of is the legendary producer-director’s “Lot of Fun,” which was responsible for many of the funniest comedy shorts in the 1920s/1930s, with stars like Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase and Our Gang.  Every so often—and this is something that’s touched… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: No Man’s Law (1927)

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Best of the west

To commemorate the release this week in UK theaters of Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff (2010)—a western that competed with Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere (2010) for the Golden Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival and lost—several critics at Time Out London have compiled a list of what they believe to be The Fifty Greatest Westerns of all time.  Cutoff makes the list (at #45) and I… Continue reading Best of the west