It was Johnny Boggs’s turn to select the film for this Western Night session and he chose a surprising silent released in 1920 called THE DAUGHTER OF DAWN, a film about Native Americans with a cast of all Native Americans, namely Kiowas and Comanches.
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.
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.
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.