It was a real surprise at our Western Movie Night get-together. David Morrell chose two films none of us had seen before.
We met last night for our Western Night at the Movies get-together and Robert Nott chose two truly “Wild West” features.
Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of speaking to the Rotary Club of Santa Fe about the battle of the Alamo.
Directed by George Sherman, who made a name for himself in the thirties and forties directing B Westerns, and written by Christopher Knopf, perhaps best known for his script for THE EMPEROR OF THE NORTH, HELL BENT FOR LEATHER sometimes runs on the Starz Western channel.
Bizarre as it sounds, this movie is noirishly dark and surreal as we witness Roy hogtied and dragged behind a horse (you can tell in the long shots it’s a dummy). Later, he’s beaten, bloodied and whipped by four of the old lady’s henchmen. Roy’s famous and trusted palomino, Trigger, arrives in the nick of time to save Roy a couple of times, as well as soothing one of the vicious dogs that was wounded during an earlier chase.