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Man of the West (UA, 1958)

Mann of the West Man of the West, shot in February 1958 and premièred in September of that year, has an unusually ‘generic’ title for...

The Tin Star (Paramount, 1957)

The apprentice Director Anthony Mann said, “It’s quite a simple story, a lesson in apprenticeship.” And that’s about right, as...

The Last Frontier (Columbia, 1955)

A weaker Anthony Mann Western (A revision of my earlier post on this movie as a result of another viewing) Without Anthony Mann as...

Night Passage (Universal, 1957)

Disappointing A 1950s James Stewart Western at Universal written by Borden Chase, produced by Aaron Rosenberg, shot by William H Daniels,...

The Man from Laramie (Columbia, 1955)

Danger was this man's specialty After The Far Country, Anthony Mann and James Stewart again took a Western break, and made Strategic Air...

The Far Country (Universal, 1954)

Classic Mann/Stewart The Far Country was the fourth Anthony Mann/James Stewart Western, and back at Universal – The Naked Spur having...

The Naked Spur (MGM, 1953)

Corrupting greed In 1953 audiences were treated to Part 3 of the Anthony Mann/James Stewart Western cycle, and The Naked Spur was so...

Bend of the River (Universal, 1952)

Turning-point By 1952, two years on from Winchester ‘73, Universal’s Anthony Mann/James Stewart collaboration (I nearly said franchise)...

The Tall Target (MGM, 1951)

Minor Mann maybe but still good The number of Westerns Anthony Mann made (often quoted as eleven) will depend on your definition of a...

Winchester ’73 (Universal, 1950)

Jimmy Stewart gets tough At the very end of the 1940s film director Anthony Mann made a big decision, to turn away from the gritty films...

The Furies (Paramount, 1950)

The second of Anthony Mann's Westerns and again very good As we have seen, with the new decade of the 1950s dawning, Anthony Mann moved...

Devil’s Doorway (MGM, 1950)

Anthony Mann’s first Western Through the 1940s Anthony Mann (click the link for our essay on him) made his name directing noir thrillers,...

The Westerns of Anthony Mann

Mann of the West I began my recent essay on the Westerns of Delmer Daves (click the link for that) with this paragraph: If I described to...

The Hanging Tree (Warner Bros, 1959)

Delmer Daves’s last Western The Hanging Tree was Delmer Daves’s last Western as director. In fact he only directed it between June 17 and...

The Badlanders (MGM, 1958)

A rather ordinary Western heist movie The Badlanders was a remake of the 1950 picture The Asphalt Jungle, transposed to the West. I love...

Cowboy (Columbia, 1958)

Lemmon becomes Ford Most so-called cowboy movies aren’t that. But occasionally you do get one which actually deals with cattle drovers,...

The Last Wagon (Fox, 1956)

In many ways a ‘typical’ Daves Western Delmer Daves directed seven Westerns between 1954 and ’59, only the war drama Kings Go Forth in...

Jubal (Columbia, 1956)

Othello of the Plains It has to be said that part of Glenn Ford’s success in playing Jubal Troop in Jubal, his eleventh Western, and...

White Feather (Fox, 1955)

It moves at a stately pace This movie is best viewed as the last part of a Delmer Daves trilogy. In 1950 Daves directed, for Twentieth...

Drum Beat (Warner Bros, 1954)

A weaker Daves Western It’s a rather curious thing that Delmer Daves, who directed a film as good – and as influential - as Broken Arrow...

 

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