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  • Silver Lode

    ★★★½

  • The Fastest Gun Alive

    ★★★★

  • Cattle Empire

    ★★★★

  • The Indian Fighter

    ★★★½

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  • Silver Lode

    Silver Lode

    ★★★½

    There are some Western actors that can be relied upon time and time again to entertain, and Dan Duryea is certainly one of them. Although never a major star, Duryea carved himself a fine career as a supporting actor, most notably as villains in Westerns or noirs in the 1940's and 1950's. He had one of those faces, had one of those smiles, and a glint in his eye that suggested mischief. Tall and gangly, he suited the roles thrown…

  • The Fastest Gun Alive

    The Fastest Gun Alive

    ★★★★

    My first real taste of the actor Glenn Ford was when I saw Richard Donner's Superman back in 1978, and Ford played Clark's adopted dad, Jonathan. As a youngster I never imagined that Ford had had a very successful career in films long before he took in little Kal-El in Smallville, Kansas. It's only been later in life when my cinematic obsession with Westerns started to fully bloom that Glen Ford came back across my radar, but his face always…

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  • Cattle Empire

    Cattle Empire

    ★★★★

    Cattle Empire stars Joel McCrea as a former trail boss who's recently been released from prison after serving five years. His return to the town of Hamilton, where his men shot up the town and caused chaos, is greeted with anger and retribution dished out by townsfolk who remember that night five years before. McCrea's John Cord barely escapes a lynching, and is dragged by a horse down the main street before the powerful Ralph Hamilton has him released. Hamilton,…

  • The Indian Fighter

    The Indian Fighter

    ★★★½

    One of the first things you notice about Kirk Douglas is his physicality, he was as fit as a butcher's dog during his Hollywood heyday. He arguably made his name playing the boxer Midge Kelly in Champion, back in 1949, but Douglas had bigger plans than simply being a star, he wanted it all. Forming Bryna Productions at the end of the 1940's, Douglas fancied himself as a producer and a director, although he only directed two films during his…

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