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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


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


Felicia Farr and Glenn Ford


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

Elmore Leonard, Writer of ‘3:10 to Yuma’, ‘Hombre’, ‘Valdez is Coming’ passes …

20 Aug

“I leave out the parts that people skip.”
Elmore Leonard

Novelist Elmore Leonard dies at 87

Edited from “Crime novelist Elmore Leonard who wrote ‘Get Shorty’ and ‘3:10 to Yuma‘ dies at 87″
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Elmore Leonard died on Tuesday morning at age 87 from complications due to a stroke.

Leonard, winner of an honorary National Book Award in 2012.

Wrote more than 40 novels.

He didn’t have a best-seller until his 60th year.

Passed on: Elmore Leonard, pictured here in September 2012, died on Tuesday due to complications from a stroke

He had some minor successes in the 1950s and ’60s in writing Western stories and novels, a couple of which were made into movies. But when interest in the Western dried up, he turned to writing scripts for educational and industrial films while trying his hand at another genre: crime novels.

Leonard had sold his first story, ‘Trail of the Apache,’ in 1951 and followed with 30 more for such magazines as ‘Dime Westerns,’ earning 2 or 3 cents a word.

One story, ‘3:10 to Yuma,’ became a noted 1956 movie starring Glenn Ford, and ‘The Captives‘ was made into a film the same year called ‘The Tall T. starring Randolph Scott.

But the small windfall wasn’t enough for Leonard to quit his day job. (‘3:10 to Yuma‘ was remade in 2007, starring Russell Crowe.)

His first novel, ‘The Bounty Hunters,’ was published in 1953, and he wrote four more in the next eight years. One of them, ‘Hombre,’ about a white man raised by Apaches, was a breakthrough for the struggling young writer. When 20th Century Fox bought the rights for $10,000 in 1967, he quit the ad business to write full time.

Hombre‘ became a pretty good movie starring Paul Newman, and the book was named one of the greatest Westerns of all time by the Western Writers of America.

Soon, another Leonard Western, ‘Valdez Is Coming,’ became a star vehicle for Burt Lancaster. But as the 1960s ended, the market for Westerns fizzled. Leonard wrote five more, but they sold poorly, and Hollywood had lost interest.

Elmore Leonard books that became movies:

3:10 to Yuma                     Get Shorty
The Big Bounce                  Touch
Stick                                     Jackie Brown
52 Pickup                           Out of Sight

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MFW: Well … maybe Hollywood has lost interest. But there’s plenty around here. I always say that ‘Great Directors make great movies’, but first you have to have great writing, a great story, with great characters and dialogue.

Thank you Leonard. You will be missed.

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3:10 to Yuma – Richard Jaekel

18 Aug

1926 – 1997

Richard Jaekel 1

Richard Jaekel

Richard Jaekel Westerns

Richard Jaekel Westerns 2

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

Delmer Daves

Director / Writer / Producer


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

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.


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

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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310 to Yuma / Heflin Credits …

14 Aug

Forgot to include these credits for Heflin …

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