A good Western with Anthony Quinn.
Directed by John Sturges.
Debatable as a Western but …
I always sort of felt sorry for Olivier in this one because
despite that fact that he was a great Shakespearean Actor
he didn’t really have great Star Power/Charisma.
Yet Kirk and Olivier appeared together again in Spartagus.
I’ve seen very few Actors who looked as comfortable
‘in the saddle’ as Kirk Douglas.
(Maybe Ben Johnson).
He looked like he was born there and lived there.
This is what happens when you love what you do.
And Kirk was a consummate Craftsman/Artist in his profession.
When he took a role, he owned it.
He wasn’t just Acting – he became that character.
He was ‘all in’.
And I figure that if you were going to work with Kirk,
you better get ‘on board’ pretty fast – or get lost.
He wasn’t fooling around.
Well … not much anyway.
I once found a pic once of Kirk standing on his horse looking around.
Now I can’t locate it.
I’m not sure he was copying Tom Mix, who was seen to do
this a while back. Probably not.
Tom Mix was a real Cowboy of course,
and could do most any horse stunt he wanted.
Did Tom Mix actually jump over Beale’s Cut in California?
He said he did. But the film footage that would have
proven it was lost in a fire.
I believe he did though because it’s known
that other riders had done this jump.
So it definitely was possible.
If not foolhardy.
But some folks
just seem to be ‘larger than life’ …
I am no expert on Western Movies/Film.
Don’t pretend to be.
Just a fan.
Feel free to disagree with anything – and everything – I say.
“Obey the voice within – it commands us to give of ourselves and help others.
As long as we have the capacity to give, we are alive.”
– Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas was/is indeed an Iconic Western Film Star.
He made 18 Westerns.
(Bet you didn’t know that.)
Most every one is watchable.
Some are Western Classics:
Along the Great Divide / 1951 The Big Trees / 1952 The Big Sky / 1952 Man Without a Star / 1955 The Indian Fighter / 1955 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral / 1958 Last Train from Gun Hill / 1959 The Devil’s Disciple / 1959 The Last Sunset / 1961 Lonely Are the Brave / 1962 The Way West / 1967 The War Wagon / 1967 There Was a Crooked Man / 1970 A Gunfight / 1971 Posse / 1975 The Villain / 1979 film The Man from Snowy River / 1982 film Draw! / 1984