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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby JackFavell » November 1st, 2013, 4:58 pm

I just saw the end of Great Day in the Morning a little while ago and it made me want to see the rest of it.

And I definitely have to watch Terror in a Texas Town, Joseph H. Lewis rocks!

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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby JackFavell » November 1st, 2013, 5:03 pm

kingrat, I think a movie can be called underrated if you don't realize there's a Criterion edition. :D

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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby kingrat » November 1st, 2013, 6:28 pm

I like Great Day in the Morning, too. Robert Stack actually looks like an actor in this one, and Ruth Roman is very good.

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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby charlestranberg » November 2nd, 2013, 8:27 am

Here are a few I like that I think are underrated:

Day of the Outlaw (1959) Director: Andre de Toth with: Robert Ryan, Burl Ives & Tina Louise
Law and Jake Wade(1958) Director: John Sturges with Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark & Patricia Owens
The Ride Back (1957) Director: William Conrad with Anthony Quinn, William Conrad & Lita Milan
Gun for a Coward(1957) Director: Abner Biberman with Fred MacMurray, Dean Stockwell & Jeffrey Hunter
The Last Wagon(1956) Director: Delmer Daves with Richard Widmark & Felicia Farr
The Last Hunt(1956) Director: Richard Brooks with Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger & Debra Paget
The Indian Fighter(1955) Director: Andre de Toth with Kirk Douglas & Walter Matthau
At Gunpoint(1955) Director: Alfred L. Werker with Fred MacMurray & Dorothy Malone
Silver Lode(1954) Director: Allan Dwan with John Payne, Lizabeth Scott & Dan Duryea
Man from the Alamo(1953) Director: Budd Boetticher with Glenn Ford & Julie Adams
Stranger Wore a Gun(1953) Director: Andre de Toth with Randolph Scott & Claire Trevor
Man in the Saddle(1951) Director: Andre de Toth with Randolph Scott & Joan Leslie
Westward the Women(1951) Director: William A. Wellman with Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel & Hope Emerson

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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby stuart.uk » November 2nd, 2013, 9:17 am

Nice to see Gun For A Coward mentioned. It reminds me of Bonanza, in that it's about 3 different generations of brothers

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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby RedRiver » November 2nd, 2013, 4:18 pm

TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN is well worth a look, Wendy. It's not a great western, but it's different. In a genre as bountiful as this one, that's a welcome trait! It's character oriented, with a driving plot.

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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby JackFavell » November 2nd, 2013, 7:56 pm

It sounds like I'd love it Red, from that description. I thought maybe I had seen it, the title sounded so familiar. But I think someone must have mentioned it before, because I don't recognize the actors or the plot setup when I look it up.

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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby RedRiver » November 3rd, 2013, 3:14 pm

It was written by a black-listed Dalton Trumbo. Or so I gather from IMDB. I can't say I actually knew that!

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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby mrsl » November 4th, 2013, 2:24 am

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I have a hard time doing lists of westerns because I end up in my mind with a war going on between Randolph Scott & the Duke. I own the DVD of most of the Dukes movies of the 50's which I have been lucky enough to get at Walmart's $5.00 table, but I have only two of Randy's and only because they are on a four movie DVD with him and Jimmy Stewart. Any way, I do have a list but keep in mind that all of John Wayne and Randolph Scott are always tops on my list.

Two Rode Together - Richard Widmark and James Stewart.
Westward the Women - One of the very best westerns ever made, in my book.
Trooper Hook - Absolute favorite of Joel McCrea (western and non-western).
Stars in My Crown - Second in line after Hook.
The Way West - Robert MItchummmm, Richard Widmark, Sally Field. I'll easily throw Kirk Douglas back in the water. Never did like him.
Ride Lonesome - Randolph Scott, Definite favorite of all, can't even attempt to add up how many times I've seen this both on T.V. and saved on my AT&T DVR.
Westbound - Randolph Scott.
Can't possibly choose a favorite John Wayne, except maybe Chisum might edge out all of the others, but then there's El Dorado, and Searchers, and of course Hondo, Rio Bravo, and, and, and.. . . Oh well, you know what I mean.

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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby JackFavell » November 4th, 2013, 9:25 am

Stars in My Crown is an excellent choice.

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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby Rita Hayworth » November 5th, 2013, 10:38 am

Westward the Women - 1951 is another favorite of mine and I consider it very underrated indeed.

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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby MissGoddess » November 5th, 2013, 11:45 am

Richard-W, I was happy to see FORT DOBBS on your list. I was taken pleasantly by surprise with this one starring Clint Walker, Virginia Mayo and Brian Keith.

I'll toss VENGEANCE VALLEY (1951) into the hat.
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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby RedRiver » November 5th, 2013, 12:29 pm

I wish I could remember more titles at random. I'm more likely to respond to something mentioned by somebody else. As a kid, I liked WARLOCK a lot. Dazzled by the big name cast, I suspect. A more recent viewing left me less than satisfied. Not a bad movie. I just couldn't care all that much about the story or the people in it.

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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby Western Guy » November 6th, 2013, 2:07 pm

I'll keep mine simple. Pretty much anything with Audie Murphy. No "real" classics maybe (well, RED BADGE OF COURAGE and an argument could be made for NO NAME ON THE BULLET and, as mentioned, THE UNFORGIVEN), but consistently fun, entertaining oaters, IMHB.

I admit it: I'm a HUGE Audie fan.

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Re: most under-rated westerns of the 1950s

Postby mrsl » November 6th, 2013, 6:48 pm

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Well, beat me 50 times with a wet noodle; how could I forget to put No Name on the Bullet on my list. I'm always raving about what a terrific psychological film it is for even non western fans and I forget it in my list of movies. And underrated it certainly was. It was probably the first one of its kind, and I wouldn't be surprised if it probably led to the idea for 3:10 to Yuma.
I mean the sense of not knowing what could happen next.
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