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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) (BD) [Blu-ray]

Tagline – The Wildest Gunfight in the History of the West!

Starring – Burt Lancaster (Wyatt Earp), Kirk Douglas (Doc Holliday), Rhonda Fleming (Laura Denbow), Jo Van Fleet (Kate Fisher).

Released – May, 1957

Directed By – John Sturges

Produced By – Wallis-Hazen

Distributed By – Paramount Pictures

Description – Marshall Wyatt Earp is on his way to Fort Griffin, Texas to take outlaws Ike Clanton and Johnny Ringo into custody. Also on his way to Fort Griffin is Ed Bailey who plans on avenging the death of his brother by killing Doc Holliday.

Holliday’s girlfriend Kate Fisher spots Bailey in the bar and tells Doc that he is looking for him. When Doc enters the bar, Bailey tries to shoot him in the back only to be killed by a knife thrown by Holliday.

As for Earp, he finds that the local sheriff has released both Clanton and Ringo, even though the marshall has outstanding warrants for the pair. The local sheriff has no intention of helping Earp as he holds a grudge against Wyatt’s brother Morgan.

Holliday is arrested for the murder of Ed Bailey even though his acts were in self-defense. With this in mind, Earp and Fisher help Doc to escape an angry lynch mob.

Back in Dodge City, Kansas, Wyatt learns that Doc and Kate have arrived in town. Wyatt has no problem with the notorious Holliday providing he stay out of trouble. Beautiful gambler Laura Denbow is also in Dodge City and finds herself arrested as women are not allowed to gamble.

She is released by Wyatt, who is attracted to her, and allowed to ply her gambling trade in a side room of the bar.

With his deputies out of town, Wyatt is forced to deputize Doc Holliday after the bank is robbed and the cashier killed. Earp and Holliday avoid an ambush attempt and kill the bank robbers.

Back in Dodge, Doc finds out that girlfriend Kate has been seeing Johnny Ringo. When she tries to come back to Doc, he refuses. She swears she will see him dead. Wyatt and Laura have become increasingly interested in one another when Wyatt receives a letter from his brother Virgil asking him to come to Tombstone, Arizona to help with a problem.

In Tombstone, Wyatt meets with his brothers Virgil, Morgan, and James to discuss how to handle the trouble being made by the Clanton family who have stolen thousands of head of Mexican cattle.

After the Clanton’s kill young James Earp, the stage is set for the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

NOTABLE: Burt Lancaster agreed to do this film as long as he could star in The Rainmaker (1956), also produced by Hal B. Wallis.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was the second of seven films that Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster made together.

The actual gunfight took place on 26 October 1881 and lasted a mere 30 seconds, resulting in three dead men after an exchange of 34 bullets. The fictionalized gunfight in this movie took 4 days to film and produced an on-screen bloodbath that lasted 5 minutes.

John Ireland (Johnny Ringo) appeared in another dramatization of these events (My Darling Clementine) playing Billy Clanton.

The song “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” was chosen as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time by Members of the Western Writers of America

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,” edited by Steven Schneider.

Road To Rio

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

The Bob Hope Collection (The Lemon Drop Kid / Road to Bali / Road to Rio / My Favorite Brunette / The Seven Little Foys)
Tagline – A Fiesta of Fun!

Starring – Bing Crosby (Scat Sweeney), Bob Hope (Hot Lips Barton), Dorothy Lamour (Lucia Maria de Andrade), Gale Sondergaard (Catherine Vail).

Released – December, 1947

Directed By – Norman McLeod

Produced By – Paramount Pictures, Bing Crosby Productions, Hope Enterprises

Distributed By – Paramount Pictures

Description – A fiesta of fun!

NOTABLE: Road to Rio received an Oscar nomination for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.

Road to Rio was the fifth in the seven film series of “Road” movies for Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and, at 100 minutes, the longest.

The Andrews Sister guest-appearance in the film was the only time that they appeared with Bing Crosby in a motion picture. It was also the last on-screen singing performance for the sisters.



Director Ernst Lubitsch Has Died

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

November, 1947 – After a long illness, famed Director Ernst Lubitsch has died at the age of 55. Lubitsch was born in Berlin, Germany in 1892 and was first attracted to the stage in his teens when he acted in Max Reinhardt’s company. Shortly after, he began acting, writing, and directing short comedy films.

In 1923, Ernst Lubitsch arrived in Hollywood to direct silent screen legend Mary Pickford in the film Rosita. His success at Warner Brothers led to an opportunity at Paramount Pictures where he would develop a style of wit and sophistication that was the beginning of what would later be known as the “Lubitsch Touch.”

Difficult to clearly define, the “Lubitsch Touch” has been compared to the work of a master chef who knows the exact amount of spice or sugar to add to a dish, resulting, in Lubitsch’s case, an on screen feast for the eyes and ears.

Some of the great directors’ best work include The Merry Widow, Trouble in Paradise, Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner, and To Be or Not to Be.

The unique and creative directing talent of Ernst Lubitsch will be greatly missed.

My Favorite Brunette

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

My Favorite Brunette

Tagline – He’s a hilarious hawkshaw… with a case on Dottie!

Starring – Bob Hope (Ronnie Jackson), Dorothy Lamour (Carlotta Montay), Peter Lorre (Kismet), Lon Chaney, Jr. (Willie), John Hoyt (Dr. Lundau).

Released – April, 1947

Directed By – Elliott Nugent

Produced By – Hope Enterprises

Distributed By – Paramount Pictures

NOTABLE: The mansion used in the filming My Favorite Brunette still exists on Carmel-By-The-Sea’s 17 Mile Drive.

When not filming together, Hope and Crosby regularly make cameo appearances in each other’s films. In this film, Hope wanted Crosby to appear so badly that he paid Crosby $5,000 for his brief appearance. The money was given to charity.

Personal Note: An enjoyable spoof of detective films done in a film noir style. Film noir favorites Alan Ladd, Peter Lorre, and Lon Chaney, Jr. make cameo appearances. And, it’s no surprise to find Hope’s usual partner in crime Bing Crosby somewhere along the way.



Easy Living

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Easy Living (Universal Cinema Classics)

Tagline – The Daffiest Screen Comedy of All Time!

Starring – Jean Arthur (Mary Smith), Edward Arnold (J. B. Ball), Ray Milland (John Ball, Jr.), Luis Alberni (Mr. Louis Louis), Mary Nash (Mrs. Jenny Ball).

Released – July, 1937

Directed By – Mitchell Leisen

Produced By – Paramount Pictures

Distributed By – Paramount Pictures

NOTABLE: This was the first script written by Preston Sturges for Paramount.

During the bathtub scene, actor Ray Milland got stuck in the tub. While the incident wasn’t in the script the camera kept rolling and the scene left in the film.

To satisfy the requirements of the Production Code, the love scene on the divan had to be filmed with Arthur and Milland lying in opposite directions with their heads meeting in the middle. No physical contact was allowed except for a modest kiss.

All of the beautiful jewels and furs worn by Jean Arthur in the film were genuine and the insurance company insisted on guards being on the set.

Personal Note: Easy Living is just one of the many delightful comedies written by Preston Sturges, and is one of a number of equally enjoyable comedies starring Jean Arthur. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see them, it will be well worth your while.