The Horse Soldiers (1959) – 126

The Horse Soldiers (1959)

  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 Horse Soldiers (1959). This movie was directed by John Ford and features his visual styling. The story is military, but the real issue is between, the mission-oriented commander, played by John Wayne and a doctor, more concerned with lifesaving, played by William Holden. The movie is based on a real Civil War raid that took place as a part of General Grant’s campaign to capture Vicksburg and control the Mississippi River. There are a lot of show veterans, so, let’s jump right in. Actors Returning The single-minded Union Commander Col. John Marlowe was played by John Wayne. John Wayne was first covered way back in Episode 2 – Chisum (1970). William Holden was…

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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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Blackboard Jungle (1955) – Episode 35

Blackboard Jungle (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. Today we have the third of our back to school movies and it is the first of its kind. Today’s film is Blackboard Jungle (1955). When this film was released it shocked a post-war American audience. Glenn Ford does a great job in this role and it surprised me because I know him primarily as a cowboy actor or as Superman’s dad if you are younger. Glenn Ford plays the first-time teacher Richard Dadier. Ford was born in Canada in 1916 and moved to the US when he was 8. After high school, he began working in theater and taking odd jobs including with Will Rogers who taught him to ride a horse. Wow. In 1939, he began working for Columbia Pictures and became a US citizen the same year. His first major role was Heaven with a Barbed Wire…

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