Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Man from Laramie

The Man from Laramie is a 1955 Western film starring Jimmy Stewart, Arthur Kennedy (High Sierra, Lawrence of Arabia, Fantastic Voyage), Jack Elam (High Noon, the 1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Once Upon a Time in the West), Frank de Kova (The Robe, F Troop), Donald Crisp (the 1941 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Sea Hawk, Mutiny on the Bounty, the 1919 silent D.W. Griffith Broken Blossoms) and Wallace Ford (Freaks, The Mummy's Hand, The Mummy's Tomb, Harvey). I enjoyed this film. The characters are well-drawn and the plot moves right along. I enjoy seeing actors I've seen in so many other movies.

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It's on the Images Journal list of 30 Great Westerns. DVD Talk says it "holds a special place at the end of the 'innocent' era of American Westerns". The Western Review calls it "a stylish and well paced—if awkwardly plotted—tale of intrigue and betrayal." The book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die calls it
a taut, tragic tale with a memorable hit theme song... and Mann's trademarked sense of the way desperate and obsessed men relate to each other and of the dangerous landscape that emphasizes their extreme psychological states.
It gets a score of 100% from Rotten Tomatoes.

Other Westerns I've seen are listed here.

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