In spite of the pandemic lockdown, our Western Night at the Movies group still manages to watch a Western. Robert Nott and Kirk Ellis came up with the idea that we’d choose a film available online for free (and there’s a slew of them), watch it on our own and then we’d have a Zoom session online to discuss it.
As it was my turn to select the film, I was very pleased to find DARK COMMAND (1940) available. It stars John Wayne, Clair Trevor and Walter Pidgeon.
Gregory Peck plays outlaw Jimmy Ringo with a laconic stance that also conveys the weariness of carrying the weight of a reputation he desperately wanted in his youth but now realizes is nothing but a target for every quick-draw kid wanting to make a name for himself.
It was Robert Nott’s turn to curate our December Western Movie Night this past Sunday and he chose “The Proud Ones” (1956), about a marshal trying to keep order in his town when the first cattle drive arrives. It’s a watchable film in spite of its uneven plotting.