The Hallelujah Trail (1965) – 109

The Hallelujah Trail (1965)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is The Hallelujah Trail (1965). This movie is a western comedy that skewers everyone, as competing groups try to intercept a wagon train filled with whiskey. This movie has a surprising cast of big stars led by Burt Lancaster and Lee Remick. Actors Burt Lancaster played the lead role of Col. Thaddeus Gearhart. The great Burt Lancaster was covered in Episode 30 – Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). Pamela Tiffin played Louise Gearhart, daughter of the Colonel and follower of the temperance movement. Tiffin was covered in One, Two, Three (1961). Bing Russell played Horner, one of the miners. Russell was covered in Episode 12 – Billy the Kidd Versus Dracula (1966). Dub Taylor played the…

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The Searchers (1956) – 108

The Searchers (1956)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Searchers (1956), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is one of the greatest westerns ever filmed. But the driven nature of the main character Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) is somewhat troubling to viewers and his overt hatred for the Indians is hard for a modern audience. Rotten Tomatoes states “If John Ford is the greatest Western director, The Searchers (1956) is arguably his greatest film, at once a grand outdoor spectacle like such Ford classics as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950), and a film about one man’s troubling moral codes, a big-screen adventure of the 1950s that anticipated the…

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El Dorado (1967) – 107

El Dorado (1967)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is El Dorado (1967). It is another in a series of John Wayne formula and posse movies.Hey but it is a lot of fun and has a great story and a lot of action. This film is basically a remake of Rio Bravo (1959) with different actors. Except for John Wayne. Of course, he’s in it. So let’ jump right into the actors, many of whom of show veterans. Actors John Wayne played the role of Cole Thornton, a gunman for hire. Wayne was first covered in Episode 2 – Chisum (1970). Paul Fix plays the town sawbones, Dr.…

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Big Jake (1971) – 106

Big Jake (1971)

  Welcome to today’s show, Big Jake (1991), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is Big Jake (1991) a romping stomping rooting tootin man fest. This movie has so many great lines it’s fun to watch even if you’re not buying the whole premise. Most of the actors we have talked about before so I’ll jump right in. Actors John Wayne plays Jacob, the patriarch of the McCandles clan, who has been away for like 10 years because he prefers the company of men, I mean he can’t live in the same house with Martha McCandles (Maureen O’Hara). Of course, we have spoken about John Wayne extensively begin with Episode…

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The Glory Guys (1965) – 105

The Glory Guys (1965)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is The Glory Guys (1965). This is a fun little cavalry romp that tells the tale of love and Custer’s Massacre. Actors Tom Tryon played the role of Capt. Demas Harrod. Tryon was covered in Episode 4 – In Harm’s Way (1965). Slim Pickens played veteran Sgt. James Gregory. Pickens was covered in Episode 4 – In Harm’s Way (1965). Harve Presnell played head scout Sol Rogers. Presnell was born in California and spent his youth in the great outdoors. When he was 7, it was discovered that he had a great voice and he began singing in church.…

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The Magnificent Seven (1960) – 104

The Magnificant Seven (1960)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Magnificent Seven (1960), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is the western testosterone fest, with a grouping of some of the manliest men of all time, The Magnificent Seven (1960). The plot is very simple. Seven down on the luck American gunfighters go south to protect a Mexican village from bandits. The movie is a western adaptation of the Akira Kurosawa masterpiece Seven Samurai (1954). On to the actors. Actors Today we have a lot of veterans. Yul Brynner played super cool gunfighter, Chris Larabee Adams. Brynner was covered in Episode 68 – The Buccaneer (1958). Charles Bronson was cast as gunfighter Bernardo O’Reilly, half Mexican/half Irish. Bronson was covered in Episode 17 – Hard Times (1975). Horst Buchholz…

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Angel and the Badman (1947) – Episode 74

Angel and the Badman (1947) John Wayne and Gail Russell

Welcome to today’s show, Angel and the Badman (1947), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is Angel and the Badman (1947) staring John Wayne, Gail Russell, and Harry Carey. ACTORS I have “known” about this movie for a long time but I honestly don’t think I had ever watched it before. Perhaps I did on one of those lazy Sunday afternoon watching westerns with Dad. I am glad I took the time to watch Angel and the Badman (1947). The story was not the most original but it had enough turns to make it work. I enjoyed the role that Harry Carry played and the backstory of the beautiful Gail…

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Cat Ballou (1965) – Episode 71

Cat Ballou (1965)

Welcome to today’s show, Cat Ballou (1965), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is Cat Ballou (1965) a wonderful comedy western staring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin. Actors Lee Marvin plays two roles, that of gunfighters Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn. Marvin won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Marvin was covered in Episode 66 – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Bruce Cabot played the small role of Sheriff Maledon who escorted Clay on the train. Cabot was covered in Episode 1 – King Kong (1933) Jane Fonda played the title role of Cat Ballou. Fonda was born in New York, I’m seeing a trend.…

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) – Episode 66

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1962)

Welcome to today’s show, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) is a great western movie. It shows the struggle between the open range cattle barons and the new town folks looking to have a quiet life. The cast for this movie is outstanding in terms of modern western. But it is an amazing cast by any standard. I’ll run through the actors we have seen before first. These include: John Wayne played the role of a tough western rancher named Tom Doniphon. John Wayne was first featured in Episode 2 –Chisum (1970) and yes in this movie he…

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Stagecoach (1939) – Episode 61

Stagecoach (1939)

  Welcome to today’s show, Stagecoach (1939), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. I am continuing the series about people trying to go somewhere or get somethings done and there are obstacles in the way. Stagecoach (1939) was the first sound western and the first of many times that director John Ford used Monument Valley as the setting for a film. This movie was meant a vehicle to launch two stars. For one it took, and for the other not so much. Dallas, was a woman of shall we say low moral values or in another word Awesome. The church ladies of the town loaded her up on the stage. You know…

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Quigley Down Under (1990) – Episode 56

Quigley Down Under (1990)

Welcome to today’s show Quigley Down Under (1990), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. I am very sad that will lost Alan Rickman (Click here for more info on Rickman) in mid-January. He was a great actor and one of the best bad guys of all times. I wanted to jump out of line and do a small tribute to Alan Rickman. I also wanted to do one of his bad-guy roles. That really limited the pool to Die Hard (1988), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), or Quigley Down Under (1990). I settled on Quigley Down Under (1990) as it may be the least known of Rickman’s villains. I will jump right in with Alan Rickman who played Elliott Marston, an Australian rancher with an obsession with the United States Wild West. Tom Selleck played…

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The Alamo (1960) – Episode 49

Linda Cristal - The Alamo (1960)

The Alamo (1960) and it is a star studded epic. This movie was directed, produced, and starred the great American actor John Wayne as Col. Davy Crockett, Richard Widmark as Col. Bowie, and Laurence Harvey as Col. Travis. Rough Script The Alamo (1960) Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is a little John Wayne art piece. I’m just kidding. It’s The Alamo (1960) and it is a star studded epic. This movie was directed, produced, and starred the great American actor John Wayne as Col. Davy Crockett. We covered John Wayne in Episode 2 – Chisum (1970). Another great American actor Richard Widmark played the role of Col. Jim Bowie. Richard Widmark was covered in Episode 23 – The Long Ships (1964). After filming began Widmark was unhappy with…

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The Violent Men (1955) – Episode 37

Glenn Ford

The Violent Men (1955) is a great western with an outstanding cast. Many of the tactics used in the movie could be right out of Sun Tsu Art of War BC 513. Rough Script The Violent Men (1955) Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. Due to his general badassery I had to get in one more Glenn Ford movie following up on Episode 35 – Blackboard Jungle (1955). Today we have a wonder western that features an all-star cast. The Violent Men (1955) is a unique twist on the lassie rage war theme. The level of violence in this movie is shocking for the time. So I will jump right in with a little background on range wars. Three things play into this. The first is that government land taken from the Indians was free for anyone to use. I mean unless your are an Indian…

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Warlock (1959) – Episode 31

Warlock (1959) - Henry Fonda

Warlock (1959) is a rehash of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral with an all-star cast that includes Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, and Anthony Quinn. Rough Script Warlock (1959) Welcome to Episode 31 – Warlock (1959). I am sorry if you were expecting a horror film as this is a classic western. We are continuing with the Richard Widmark line that was begun in Episode 23 The Long Ships (1964). This is a very complex movie and I will use a quote from the Tennessee Word Smith, with a link on WordPress, to outline the movie: “Imagine a movie with an intricate plot, driven not so much by events as by the tangled relationships between several well-drawn characters. It is a movie with obvious homoerotic undertones and some surprisingly intense violence. To further stretch your imagination, envision it as a film made in 1959 –and a Western, at that.” Tennessee WordSmith That’s a pretty good summary so I will jump right into the characters. Richard Widmark plays Johnny Gannon, one…

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