Thursday, May 19, 2011


Stars: John Wayne,Kirk Douglas and Howard Keel
Genre: Western
John Wayne was the undisputed king of Westerns and this later day movie from his illustrious career is a funilled movie,right from the beginning to the end.I have never been a Kirk Douglas fan but in this movie he plays a loveable and charming character.The movie was directed by Burt Kennedy( a man known for his comedy westerns).The movie went on to be a hit.
Taw Jackson(Wayne),a rancher is shot by a gun for hire,Lomax(Douglas) and wrongfully imprisoned.His property and ranch is usurped by Frank Pierce(Bruce Cabot in a rare negative role).Pierce had known about the presence of gold on the ranch.He hires Lomax to kill Taw.Released early from prison,Taw finds Lomax and convinces him to steal a shipment of gold being transported in a war wagon being driven by Pierce's men.They assemble a gang to help them.In the end Pierce is killed by one of his own men and Taw and Lomax are able to retrieve the gold.
This movie has lots of action and comedy.The chemistry between Wayne and Douglas elevates this movie from being a run of the mill western affair.Howard Keel as an Indian and Robert Walker also shine in their roles.This is Western movie at its best.

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