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Re: Classics Around The Dial

Postby RedRiver » April 4th, 2014, 12:23 pm

I think I'll make the argument. It's as good as TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH and the Hemingway adaptations. Better than the director's other westerns. THE GUNFIGHTER is a small movie; effective in its very lack of grandiosity. It's tight, tense, and remarkably well executed.

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Re: Classics Around The Dial

Postby moira finnie » April 4th, 2014, 12:51 pm

Interestingly, The Gunfighter was supposedly a failure commercially. I would guess that it is among the handful of Henry King films that lives on today. King's resume--which encompasses so many genres--only rarely went into the western (The Bravados was another good one from King). The Gunfighter gave Peck a fine character role when he was still playing quite a few male ingénues. Still, perhaps the movie would not have been as good without the input of several people to the script (Nunnally Johnson & William Bowers, in particular) and one actor:
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Re: Classics Around The Dial

Postby RedRiver » April 4th, 2014, 1:12 pm

Millard Mitchell is wonderful as the marshal and old friend, Mark. So good I remember his first name!

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Re: Classics Around The Dial

Postby The Ingenue » April 5th, 2014, 2:32 am

( ( adds to Must See list ) )

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Re: Classics Around The Dial

Postby RedRiver » April 5th, 2014, 5:36 pm

It has things in common with HIGH NOON, Ingenue. In structure as well as plot. But a likeness to HIGH NOON is not a bad thing!


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