27 March 2019 | TheLittleSongbird
Saw 'Colt.45' as somebody who has really liked and even loved a lot of westerns starring Randolph Scott (more his later efforts than early efforts like this one), and he had a cragginess that was oddly engaging. The Western genre may not my favourite of all genres, but there are quite a number of good ones out there and even an equal number of classics. Though there are also average ones and some misfires.
'Colt.45', an odd and misleading title as others have pointed out, is neither a classic or misfire. To me, it is ever so slightly above average, though oddly interesting, and doesn't stand out in a pretty good year (and decade) for westerns while not being a disservice to it at the same time. Scott has been in much better films that represent his strengths more convincingly, all made later on in his career where his acting matured and the films he starred in had more tension and grit.
The cast make 'Colt.45' worthwhile. Scott brings craggy charm and authority to the lead role, while Zachary Scott is a frighteningly ruthless villain that he plays to the hilt. Lloyd Bridges has a great time playing a weasel and does so expertly, and Alan Hale is suitably cunning. A big surprise though was Ruth Roman, her role is a relativley thankless one but Roman makes it far more interesting than it allows and gives her charm and spirit. The direction is competent enough.
It looks good too for the budget, very nicely shot in 1950s Technicolor and while not exactly authentic the production and costume design suit the type of film well. The score fits and serves its point well. It goes at a relatively fast pace, has some grit in the writing and the action excites, important because the film is not exactly light on it.
On the other hand, 'Colt.45' is let down by a script that lacks tightness, gets silly and wildly improbable in places. The story could have had more suspense and surprises and been less conventional, while some of it is daft. The romantic interlude felt out of place and didn't add anything.
Did think that 'Colt.45' was too short in running time too, if longer character motivations would have been clearer and gone into more and on the whole there would have been more depth and atmosphere.
Altogether, slightly above average but not a must watch. 6/10