Monday, April 09, 2012

Only the Valiant

Only the Valiant is a 1951 Western film directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Gregory Peck, Ward Bond, Gig Young, Lon Chaney, Jr., Neville Brand, Jeff Corey (who has a Star Trek connection), Michael Ansara (who was also in Star Trek), Warner Anderson, Steve Brodie and Terry Kilburn (Tiny Tim in the 1938 Reginald Owen Christmas Carol). I have to feel sorry for Chaney, who, I think, deserves better than he gets in these kinds of roles.

You can watch it online via the Internet Archive:

Time Out calls it "surprisingly astringent" and is impressed with Peck. DVD Talk says, "The film is charming for its classic qualities". History on Film describes it as a "by-the-numbers western".

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