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Tom Selleck Westerns: The Sacketts

25 Feb

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The Sacketts opening banner

The made-for-television western The Sacketts combines the plotlines from two seperate Louis L’Amour novels, The Daybreakers and The Sacketts. In this film, the three Tennessee-raised Sackett brothers migrate to the West following the conclusion of the Civil War. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Movie Guide.

The Sacketts poster

The Sacketts dvd cover

Made ten years before Lonesome Dove, The Sacketts (1979) may well have been the first great Western Mini Series – and in looking at the cast, it’s easy to understand why some Western fans may hold it with similar esteem, with Western Greats like Glenn Ford, Sam ElliottTom SelleckSlim Pickens, Jack Elam, Ben  Johnson, L.Q. Jones, and some notable support players including John Vernon, Gilbert Roland, Buck Taylor  and on. Pretty impressive. So although The Sacketts does show itself to be a little shy in production values compared to modern fair, it still shines with notable Star Power.

The Sacketts IMDB review

The Sacketts Rotten Tomatoes reviewRatings were favourable … as they should be.

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The Cast

The Sacketts - Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Jeff Osterhage

Sam Elliott

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Tom Selleck

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 Jeff Osterhage

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 Glenn Ford

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Ben Johnson

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Jack Elam

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Slim Pickens

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John Vernon

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THE SACKETTS ... doing 'the walk'

Sacketts … doing ‘the walk’

Glenn Ford Westerns / the 50’s The Sheepman (1958) … part 1

29 Aug

Angelo: “How come you get into the sheep business, boss?”
Jason Sweet (Glenn Ford) : “Well, I’ll tell ya, Angelo. You see, it’s this way. I just got tired of kicking cows around. You know how dumb they are.”
Angelo: “And you think sheep are smarter?”
Jason Sweet: “Oh, no, no. They’re dumber. Only their easier kicking…and woollier.”
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The Sheepman posters

The Sheepman posters

Now we come to another rather odd Glenn Ford film: The Sheepman – the last Western Glenn Ford made in the 50’s.
Yes, there are indeed some odd things about this film … but some wonderful things as well.
Let’s have a look.

“What’s in a name?” asked William Shakespeare.
Well … a lot.

The Sheepman tcm

A Western … by any other name … would smell sweeter …

The first odd thing is that I found this film referred to on the Net under no less than seven different names !!
The Sheepman; Stranger with a GunStranger In TownShowdown In Powder Valley; and The Valley of the Powder, The Trail West, Too Big for Texas. ???
This adds a bit of a bizarre aura to the movie right off the top. And fact is, the film didn’t do well upon initial release as The Sheepman and some/all/much (??) of this was blamed on it’s name. I can understand that, and I also puzzled at the choice of such a title. Is that the kind of title that inspire you to go see a Western? Not me. Something like The Cattle Raiders from Death Valley or Showdown at Bushwacker Ridge … would have been better (in my opinion.)
Glenn Ford was the Top box office draw in the movie business at the time, so maybe they just felt his Stardom – especially in a Western – would bring folks in. ?? But people just plain weren’t drawn to it – for whatever reasons.
So they wisely re-issued the movie under the title Stranger with a Gun (and 14 other names) and it did better.

But I really can’t figure why a film like this wouldn’t do well. Hell, it has Glenn Ford (and Shirley McLaine !!!) And did Glenn ever make anything bad ? NO !!! He was great from the ‘get go’ – till the end. A great and charismatic actor.
Shirley McLaine? Like Lemmon in Ford’s previous movie Cowboy, she was not greatly known yet. Shirley, however, was one of the last great actresses to come out of the old studio film system – which was fading fast from it’s former glory. One of the fraternity of immensely talented song and dance gals who could act and do it all: comedy, stage, drama … anything you want. And later Starred with Lemmon himself in Irma la Douce (1963).

Reviews …

tcm review

TCM Review – Leonard Maltin – http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/2834/The-Sheepman/

The Sheepman 1958

‘No Reviews Yet” ?? Sometimes Tomatoes is a little slow on the draw.

IMDB The Sheepman 1958

IMDB The Sheepman 1958

Glenn Ford Westerns / the 50’s continued …

26 Aug

OK … now where wuz I ?? O Yeah ! Glenn Ford Westerns …

COWBOY

After Delmer Daves directed 3:10 to Yuma he made Cowboy.

Not a classic, but still somewhat enjoyable due to it’s Star Power:
Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon.

Jack Lemmon – a truly wonderful actor was not yet at the peak of his
popularity and respect, had yet to show his stunning depth and versatility.
Thus, on the posters, he is very obviously second billed to the
well established – and well deserved Ford.

But frankly, some of these posters are real stinkers – and head scratchers.
When you’ve got two great actors like Ford and Lemmon shouldn’t
they at least be pictured on the posters ??? Yet some of them …
you would hardly know who was in the movie.
Most of them got it right though.

COWBOY posters

So, a bit of a different idea for a Western – based on a book by Frank Harris – a semi-autobiographical novel My Reminiscences as a Cowboy – written in 1930.
The supposed story of a greenhorn who goes on a cattle drive and other Wild West adventures -
later being exposed as several scenes were taken from movies  – or completely fabricated. But who cares ??! it ain’t history and makes for a good yarn.

Lemmon’s character is based on Harris. Yee Haw !

Frank Harris

Would this guy lie to ya?

Frank Harris supposed Autobio Reminiscences as a Cowboy

COWBOY IMDB review

Reviews averaging about 7 out of 10.
Not bad.

3:10 to Yuma … Master at work …

23 Aug

“What are you squeezin’ that watch for?
Squeezin’ that watch ain’t gonna stop time.”

Glenn Ford as Ben Wade / 3:10 to Yuma

DELMER DAVES

Quiet on the set! Master at Work …

One critic has noted the likely influences of German Expressionist film makers in 3:10 to Yuma. Such insight is beyond my ken – so it’s much appreciated. Other, closer to home influences, are more obvious, as from Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon and John Ford’s Classics  Stagecoach, My Darling Clementine … others.

No color? No Computer Generated Effects?

No problem.

All the unique virtues of Black and Film making are in evidence. Plus more:

high angle … low angle … wide angle … echo shots … close ups … lighting … shot framing … scene composition … dramatic use of Light/Dark/Shadow … Direction …

Nearly every shot in 310 to Yuma is crafted … seamlessly and unpretentiously integrated.

Daves knew it all – used it all …

3:10 to Yuma: Western Classic.

That’s a wrap.

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“How duz a guy get a drink around here?

3:10 to Yuma – Felicia Farr

21 Aug

FELICIA FARR 310 TO YUMA

Felicia Farr

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Felicia Farr and Glenn Ford

FELICIA FARR The Last Wagon

Felicia Farr and Richard WIdmark

FELICIA FARR The First Texan

Felicia Farr and Joel McCrea

FELICIA FARR Hellbent for Leather

Felicia Farr and Audie Murphy

Glenn Ford Westerns / The 50’s 3:10 to Yuma / Part 4

17 Aug

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MFW 310 TO YUMA COREL trailer_____________________________________________________________________

MFW 310 TO YUMA stagecoach
MFW 310 TO YUMA COREL ladies
MFW 310 TO YUMA clocks


Glenn Ford Westerns / the 50’s 3:10 to Yuma / Part 3

15 Aug

“I think the director is becoming more important. To work under rushed conditions, you need to have an extremely professional director. If the director’s good than the end result will be good.”

- Glenn Ford
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Delmer Daves

Director / Writer / Producer

DELMER DAVES

Delmer Daves Bio 

“While studying civil engineering and law at Stanford University, Delmer Daves secured work as a prop boy for director James Cruze’s The Covered Wagon (1923). So fascinated was Daves by the Native Americans working on this film that he forsook a law career to live in Arizona among the Hopi and Navajo. He studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, appearing in a few early talkies before turning to screenwriting. In 1944 he directed his first film, the low-key combat drama Destination Tokyo. In this and his other war-related films Pride of the Marines (1945) and Task Force (1949), writer/director Daves emphasized the anxieties and tribulations of the individual soldier, rather than resorting to gaudy Hollywood heroics. In 1951, Daves formed his own production company, Double-D productions. Most of his best 1950s films were westerns, which like his war pictures favored slowly escalating personal tensions over wanton gunplay …”  ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/delmer_daves/biography.php

Delmer Daves Westerns

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presented annually by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to honor the top works in Western music, film, television and literature.

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Nominated for 1959 by Directors Guild of America Award for
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
for Cowboy (1958).
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Laurel Award Nominations

1959 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Director
1960 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Director
1961 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Producer/Director
1962 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Producer/Director
1963 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Producer/Director
1964 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Producer/Director
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