1940 Best Actor Mr. Smith Goes to Washington nominated
1941 Best Actor The Philadelphia Story won
Posing as a hangman, Mace Bishop arrives in town with the intention of freeing a gang of outlaws, including his brother, from the gallows. Mace urges his younger brother to give up crime. The sheriff chases the brothers to Mexico. They join forces, however, against a group of Mexican bandits.
A creaky western that's entertaining in the first act when Jimmy Stewart breaks Dean Martin out of jail, but breaks down in the second half as the internal conflict with "the gang" never really pans out dramatically. James Stewart is crusty and the only one that can find humor in the story, Raquel Welch is a Mexican fireball, George Kennedy gets creepily romantic, Andrew Prine gives the best performance, and Dean Martin holds his own. It's just a good old Hollywood western sturdily directed by macho Andrew McLaglen. Script by James Lee Barrett (Greatest Story Ever Told, Shenandoah, Cheyenne Social Club, Smokey and the Bandit).
Two mismatched brothers, a beautiful mexican woman in need of love, a rag tag bunch of cut throats lead by that lovely old grandad in the Waltons and love struck big George Kennedy chasing after them - You can't go wrong!!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
- The Murder Man
- Next Time We Love
- Wife vs. Secretary
- Small Town Girl
- The Gorgeous Hussy
- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
- Ride in the Whirlwind
- The Big Gundown
- The Shooting
- Once Upon a Time in the West
A much better decade for westerns than its reputation. Lots of great films and plenty of enjoyable routine ones.
- The Good Die Young
- The Violent Men
- Ice Cold In Alex
- The Bravados