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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?

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

17 Aug

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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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bronze wrangler

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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Next: 3:10 to YumaInfluences 

310 to Yuma / Heflin Credits …

14 Aug

Forgot to include these credits for Heflin …
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Glenn Ford Westerns / the 50’s 310 to Yuma / Part 2

13 Aug

 3:10 to Yuma by Frankie Laine 

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“Louis B. Mayer once looked at me and said, ‘You will never get the girl at the end’. So I worked on my acting.”

- Van Heflin

VAN HEFLIN

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Van Heflin Westerns

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Next up 3:10 to Yuma, Part 3

Glenn Ford Westerns / the 50’s 310 to Yuma / Part 1

12 Aug

It really doesn’t matter whether it’s the villain or the hero. Sometimes the villain is the most colorful.
But I prefer a part where you don’t know what he is until the end.

- Glenn Ford

310 to Yuma

310 to Yuma

So … it’s 1957… and we finally come to Glenn Ford’s Western Classic:
310 to Yuma
probably Ford’s most important Western
– and one of the most important Westerns ever made.

A Classic.

310 to Yuma

310 to Yuma

310 to Yuma

310 to Yuma

310 to Yuma

There is a lot to be said about 310 to Yuma, but I don’t want to get too ‘wordy’, so I hope that these pictures and the words of experts will convey the respect that is held for this movie.

Reviews 

AllMovie by Rovi

http://www.allmovie.com/movie/310-to-yuma-v245/review

“The success of High Noon spawned numerous psychological Westerns, and one of the best of this crop was 3:10 to Yuma. Van Heflin as rancher Dan Evans and Glenn Ford as outlaw Ben Wade both give exceptional, multi-layered performances, among the best of their careers, with Ford going particularly against type and displaying that he was one of the more underrated actors of his generation. The script by Halsted Welles, based on a story by Elmore Leonard, is taut and insightful, … Equally important is the superb direction of Delmer Daves, … There are also strong supporting parts for Leora Dana as Heflin’s wife and a collection of scene-stealing character actors, including Richard Jaeckel, Henry Jones, and Robert Emhardt

DVD Verdict

http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/310toyumabluray.php

“I don’t say stuff like this very often, but 3:10 to Yuma is basically a perfect film. Unpretentious, deeply psychological, and gorgeously produced, it works on every level, making it one of the very best examples in the history of the genre. Smart and powerful while remaining completely unassuming, I can’t imagine how it could be any better than it is. If you’ve never seen it, or have only seen the modern remake, Criterion’s Blu-ray reaffirms just how brilliantly it still shines after all these decades.”

Epinions.com
Complex Western a Cut Above the Competition: 3:10 to Yuma

by George Chabot:  http://www.epinions.com/review/mvie_mu-1000123/content_177178054276?sb=1

“The little-known 3:10 to Yuma contains similar elements to the renowned High Noon, but is a better film. Clocks play a big role in each film. But instead of focusing on the faceless evil of the coming bandits, as High Noon did, 3:10 has a continuous byplay between the ingratiating bandit and the upright cattleman. Both Glenn Ford and Van Heflin shine in their parts and the psychological maneuvering between the two is remarkable. The supporting cast is well chosen and professional.

The story is by Elmore Leonard. Delmar Daves (The Petrified Forest, Destination Tokyo) directed the film and used German Expressionist camera techiques like the fabled films noir of the 40s and 50s. Many interesting angles not usually seen in westerns, here. The photography and lighting, by Charles Lawton, Jr. (Lady From Shanghai), is dramatic and wonderfully preserved in the new Columbia DVD. The music, by George Dunning, is well matched to the visuals and contains a theme song sung by Frankie Laine, as was the custom in those days.

3:10 to Yuma is head and shoulders above the typical white hat/black hat western ground out during the era, and better than High Noon, demonstrating psychological depth and different layers of meaning.”

Rotten Tomatoes review

Rotten Tomatoes review

IMDB review

IMDB review

310 to Yuma

How duz a guy get a drink around here?

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Next up 3:10 to Yuma, Part 2
… The Cast, Diiretor

Yuma / American Southwest …

22 Oct

Well … it’s 3:10 … and I’m in Yuma. And it’s dang hot here. My Canadian skin ain’t used to this heat.

I’m also tantalizingly close to Tombstone and Deadwood … but I won’t be able to get there on this trip. Next time.

My real purpose for being here is to take advantage of the cheap dental services across the border – in Mexico. Where’s Doc Holliday when you need him?

Only here for 4 days … then I’m off to Sedona for 3 days. Never as much as I like, but better than nothin’.

I recall the original 3:10 to Yuma (1957) with Glenn Ford and Van Heflin to be pretty good movie. Ford and Heflin both made several good Westerns. The Russel Crowe and Christian Bales (2007) version of 3:10 to Yuma is pretty good too – but neither will make MFW list. Both are worth a see or two though and I want to give them both another look.

I gotta review Ford’s Westerns – he could well ride into my MFW Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Onward …

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