WESTERN NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: AMBUSH AT TOMAHAWK GAP (** 1/2)
For our latest Western Night gathering, Robert Nott brought AMBUSH AT TOMAHAWK GAP (1953), a breakneck-paced B Western, the kind that made Saturday afternoon matinees so much fun. Avarice and determination drive this movie about four prisoners...
WESTERN NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL (***)
For our October gathering David Morrell brought LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL (1959). It’s a tension-filled tale about Marshal Matt Morgan (Kirk Douglas) out to arrest the two men who raped and killed a woman.
WESTERN NIGHT AT THE MOVIES THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO (***)
For our Western Night session this month, Sheila Ellis chose THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO, an astonishing film inspired by a true story of a woman, shunned by her family for having an illegitimate child, who came West and, in order to survive, dressed...
WESTERN NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: WINGS OF THE HAWK (***)
Set during the Mexican Revolution in 1911, the film opens with Irish Gallager (Van Heflin), an American, getting his gold mining operation jumped by Colonel Paco Ruiz (George Dolenz) and his Federal troops. A chase ensues and Irish gets away, with the surprise help of a band of guerrillas led by the very resourceful Raquel Noriega (Julie Adams). Irish wants his mine back, and Noriega wants revenge against the evil Colonel Ruiz.
WESTERN NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES (****)
For our July gathering, I chose THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES (1976), a favorite of mine.
JOSEY WALES begins as a revenge tale and becomes a story of redemption. After his family is murdered by Kansas jayhawkers early in the Civil War, Josey Wales joins up with Missouri bushwhackers. A man who lives by the feud, Wales refuses to surrender at the war’s end. With a price on his head, he heads west to put distance between himself and his pursuers including bloodthirsty Captain “Red Legs” Terrill (Bill McKinney) and Fletcher (John Vernon), the man Wales is certain betrayed him.
WESTERN NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH (***)
This silent film tells the epic tale of a New York engineer sent out West to tame the mighty Colorado River with the promise of bringing water to the California desert to turn it into a prosperous paradise, but avaricious motives are soon revealed. There’s also a love triangle with Willard Holmes (Ronald Coleman), the stodgy engineer, vying with rugged cowboy Abe Lee (Gary Cooper) for the affections of child of the desert, Barbara Worth (Vilma Banky).