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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.

httpv://youtu.be/a3cQ38DsxS4

 

Gilda

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Gilda (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Tagline – “I was true to one man once… and look what happened… ”

Starring – Rita Hayworth (Gilda Mundson Farrell), Glenn Ford (Johnny Farrell), George Macready (Ballin Mundson), Joseph Calleia (Detective Maurice Obregon).

Released – March, 1946

Directed By – Charles Vidor

Produced By –  Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributed By – Columbia Pictures Corporation

Description – Small-time gambler Johnny Farrell has just arrived in Buenos Aires and is on a lucky streak, sort of. You see, Johnny cheats when he gambles and he has cheated his way to a great deal of money shooting craps.

When you are a big-time winner in Argentina you can be sure of one thing… many eyes are on you. A gunman tries to rob Johnny, but is stopped by Ballin Mundson, a complete stranger. Another stroke of luck? Not necessarily, as Mundson is far more sinister than any robber.

Mundson has seen Johnny cheat during the crap game and tells him the location of an illegal casino. While Johnny is welcome to gamble there, Mundson warns him not to try to cheat the house at this location. Foolishly confident, Johnny ignores the advice and cheats during a game of blackjack. While cashing in his chips, some men approach and escort him to the office of the casino owner. The owner is Ballin Mundson.

Johnny saves himself by offering to work for the casino and Mundson accepts the offer, but offers another warning. Gambling and women don’t mix. Johnny continues to gain the confidence and trust of Mundson and when Mundson must go on a trip he leaves Johnny to manage the casino.

Several weeks pass and Mundson returns with a beautiful and alluring new wife. Mundson introduces Johnny to his wife Gilda, and immediately the air thickens with tension. Gilda is a former love of Johnny’s. But now, Johnny hates Gilda as much as he once loved her. While there may be some hint that Mundson knows of the past relationship between the two, it seems strange that Mundson assigns Johnny the responsibility of keeping an eye on Gilda.

One evening, Detective Obregon, an agent of the secret police, introduces himself to Johnny hoping to get information regarding Mundson and some German agents. However, Johnny knows nothing of this part of Mundson’s life.

Mundson has a meeting with two German “businessmen” who hope to finance their activities and the patents for a new tungsten steel using Mundson’s name in order to hide their connection. When the German’s feel the time is right they will assume control of the operation. One problem, Mundson refuses to turn it over to them and kills one of the men.

Meanwhile, Gilda is associating with many men, not so much as to betray Mundson, but more to enrage former lover Johnny. And little-by-little it’s working. Johnny is forced to hide her actions from Mundson and this only fuels his love-hate for her.

Now under pressure from the German’s, Mundson boards a small plane to escape. Right after takeoff the plane explodes and it appears that Mundson has been killed. Gilda inherits the casino and all of Mundson’s estate including the patents.

Johnny marry’s Gilda, not out of love, but rather the desire to hold her captive and run the casino while holding the rights to the tungsten patents. His plan has some very big holes that threaten his aspirations and his life.

The German’s won’t give up that easily and will do anything to get their hands on the tungsten patents, and it turns out that Mundson has faked his death and is on his way back for what he feels belongs to him. All of this under the watchful eye of Detective Obregon, and Gilda who is not done with Johnny yet.

NOTABLE: Gilda provided the signature role for Rita Hayworth, firmly establishing her as the ultimate “femme fatale.”

Rita Hayworth’s singing voice in the film was provided by Anita Ellis. Rita had hoped to do her own singing for the picture and even was given lessons by the studio. However, Columbia chief Harry Cohn felt that her voice just wasn’t good enough. This was something that Hayworth felt bitter about for her entire life.

In the scene where Gilda was returned to Argentina, after trying to run away and get a divorce, she slaps Johnny twice. The slaps broke two of Glen Ford’s teeth, but the actor maintained his composure until the scene was completed.

The movie’s poster was ranked #6 on “The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever” list created by Premiere Magazine.

Personal Note: Gilda is recognized as one of the finest noir’s ever, and can be found on any top list of film noir productions.

The role of Gilda has been so strongly associated with Rita Hayworth that she once stated, when talking about the men in her life, that, “They go to bed with Gilda; they wake up with me.” She was Columbia’s top star during the 1940’s.

 

Blackboard Jungle

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Blackboard Jungle

Tagline – “I’m a teacher. My pupils are the kind you don’t turn your back on, even in class!”

Starring – Glenn Ford (Richard Dadier), Anne Francis (Anne Dadier), Louis Calhern (Jim Murdock), Margaret Hayes (Lois Judby Hammond), Richard Kiley (Joshua Y. Edwards), Sidney Poitier (Gregory W. Miller), Vic Morrow (Artie West).

Released – March, 1955

Directed By – Richard Brooks

Produced By – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Distributed By – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Description – North Manuel High School has hired three new teachers, one of which is war veteran Richard Dadier. The new job is just what was needed for Dadier and his pregnant wife Anne.

That’s the good news. The bad news… this school, and most of the students who attend are trouble. Discipline is non-existent, and violence is an everyday affair. The established teachers try to counsel the new arrivals regarding the handling of the problem students, but this translates into nothing more than an apathetic approach to education and the cashing of paychecks.

In spite of the overall circumstances, Richard Dadier is determined to impose discipline and try to teach his students the importance of their education. He is immediately met with student disrespect and a violent response.

Dadier tries to reveal the ring-leaders of the students and focuses his attention of Gregory Miller a black student who uses his race as a means of racial provocation, and Artie West, the greatest threat in terms of violent behavior to oppose Dadier.

The situation continues to worsen as an attempted rape, a threat to Dadier’s wife, and even a threat to his life will have Dadier question his decision to take the job at North Manuel High School.

NOTABLE: Blackboard Jungle received Oscar nominations for Best Writing, Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White.

The film featured the rock-and-roll classic “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets, helping to establish the song as an instant classic, and resulting in the sale of 25 million copies.

In 2010, Turner Classic Movies listed the films soundtrack as one of the Top 15 Most Influential Movie Soundtracks of all time.

Clare Booth Luce, then U.S. Ambassador to Italy, prevented the film’s showing at the Venice Film Festival after a Senate Committee determined the film would have no beneficial effects on todays youth.

Blackboard Jungle provided the film debuts of actors Vic Morrow and Jamie Farr.

Personal Note: One of my favorites with fine performances all around. A bit dated in terms of slang dialogue today, but that is a small negative.

The picture is a hard-hitting gripping drama with this type of problem continuing to exist today in even greater fashion in many areas of the country.

httpv://youtu.be/TRhYNLaziO8