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3:10 To Yuma

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

3:10 to Yuma (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Tagline – Drink the whisky… Love the woman… Try to stay alive till the 3:10 pulls out of town!

Starring – Glenn Ford (Ben Wade), Van Heflin (Dan Evans), Felicia Farr (Emmy), Richard Jaeckel (Charlie Prince).

Released – August, 1957

Directed By – Delmer Daves

Produced By – Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributed By – Columbia Pictures Corporation

Description – Small-time rancher Dan Evans is struggling, along with his family, to survive. They are in the midst of a serious drought that threatens to wipe out their very existence.

While riding with his two sons they witness a stagecoach robbery, but are powerless to do anything. Outlaw Ben Wade now ups the ante by coldly murdering both the stagecoach driver and one of his own men who the driver was using as a shield.

After the robbery and murder, Wade and his men ride into Bisbee, Arizona and head for the saloon. Not wanting to stay too long, for fear of a posse, the men are ready to leave. Ben decides to stay a little longer in order to romance a barmaid.

The posse does arrive and Ben is captured. His most loyal follower, Charlie Prince, escapes and let’s the other members of the gang know of Ben’s capture. The people of the town are fearful of what the gang might do and come up with a plan to get Ben out of Bisbee. The plan will require the help of two volunteer’s to sneak Wade to the town of Contention and onto the afternoon train… the 3:10 to Yuma.

The stageline owner offers $200. to anyone who will volunteer. After nearly three years of drought, and desperate for the money, Dan Evans volunteer’s. The only other man in town to volunteer is the town drunk.

Their journey begins with a stop at Dan’s ranch where Wade charms Dan’s wife just to get under his skin. After dark, the group head to Contention City arriving at daybreak. They take a room at the hotel and begin the long wait for the train to Yuma.

Here the psychological game begins. Wade reminds Dan of his wife and family and what might happen to them if Dan is killed. He also tries to bribe Dan with enough money to help him save his ranch. Nothing works.

As the hours pass, Wade’s gang arrives in town with the threat that anyone who tries to get Wade on the train will be killed. It’s now 3 o’clock and time to get to the train platform. Fate will dictate the next few minutes and just how much blood will be shed.

NOTABLE: 3:10 to Yuma was filmed at the Columbia/Warner Brothers Ranch in Burbank, California, on location in Arizona, near Elgin, Sedona, Willcox, Texas Canyon and in the Old Tucson historic district.

Glenn Ford was originally offered the role of Dan Evans. He refused, preferring the role of Ben Wade.

Jubal

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Jubal (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]


Tagline – Powerful Performances! Overpowering Drama!

Starring – Glenn Ford (Jubal Troop), Ernest Borgnine (Shep Horgan), Rod Steiger (‘Pinky’ Pinkum), Valerie French (Mae Horgan), Felicia Farr (Naomi Hoktor).

Released – April, 1956

Directed By – Delmer Daves

Produced By – Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributed By – Columbia Pictures Corporation

Description – In the Wyoming high country, drifting cowhand Jubal Troop is found unconscious and without his horse by cattle rancher Shep Horgan who takes him back to the ranch.

Later, when Jubal awakens in the bunkhouse, he meets Sam, Pinky, and Carson some of Shep’s ranch hands. Pinky takes an instant dislike to the stranger and accuses Jubal of “carrying the smell of sheep.”

Shep listens as Jubal tells him that he has been dogged by bad luck wherever he goes. Having a “good feeling” about Jubal, Shep offers him a job on the ranch. Also attracted to Jubal is Mae the beautiful and much younger wife of Shep who, when alone with Jubal, makes sure that he knows it.

Her blatant advances are refused by Jubal out of his respect and appreciation for her husband’s help. Noticing Mae’s interest in Jubal is Pinky. As her current lover, he is enraged by her attraction and his anger only increases when Shep offers Jubal the job of ranch foreman.

One day, while riding the ranch, Pinky comes across a group of religious pilgrims, known as Rawhiders, and tries to intimidate them and throw them off ranch land. The group’s leader says that some of the members are ill and tired and that they only hope to stop long enough to get some rest.

With the group is cowhand Reb Haislipp who confirms the group’s intentions of just seeking a place to rest. Jubal, as foremen, agrees to let the group stay and offers Reb a job at the ranch helping to round up stray cattle. Also with the group is their leader’s daughter Naomi Hoktor who has an instant attraction for Jubal and he for her.

Shep is happy to hear of Jubal’s attraction and gives him a day off to visit with Naomi. Their meeting is a tender one as they share their feelings with one another. However, Naomi has been promised to one of the men in their religious group and the group plans on leaving the next day.

That evening, Mae rides into camp with a message for Shep who is involved in a poker game and asks Jubal to escort Mae back to the ranch. When they arrive at the ranch, Mae again tries to entice Jubal into an affair, and again he refuses.

Meanwhile, Pinky, still enraged by Mae’s attraction to Jubal and his losing out on the foreman’s job, plans to turn Shep against Jubal. He tells Shep that Jubal has not returned from the ranch and implies that he is with Mae.

Shep rides to the ranch to see for himself. He finds Mae sleeping alone in bed with Jubal no where in sight. Relieved, he kisses his wife on the head, but she calls out Jubal’s name. Shep confronts her about what has just happened and Mae, angry with Jubal for his rejection, lies to Shep and tells him that she and Jubal are having an affair.

Shep now sets out to kill Jubal as Mae’s lie has helped Pinky’s plan to turn one against the other. A gunfight ensues and Jubal kills Shep. Pinky tells the towns people that Jubal has stolen Shep’s wife and killed Shep.

A lynch mob is formed and Jubal is taken to be hanged. The only person who can prove Jubal’s act was in self-defense and that he is not guilty of having and affair with Mae and provoking the gunfight is Mae herself.

However, things have gotten even more fateful for Jubal as Mae has been brutally assaulted by Pinky and left to die.

NOTABLE: Jubal provided the film debut for actress Felicia Farr.

The beautiful location shooting was done along the Grand Teton Range in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Jubal is considered to be a reworking of Othello (Ernest Borgnine’s character), Iago (Rod Steiger’s character), and Cassio (Glenn Ford’s character).

Personal Note: An excellent adult themed western.

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