19 November 2019 | ma-cortes
Notable Western with Audie Murphy driving cattle throughout risked ways , large plentiful rivers and perilous mountains
This exciting Western packs thrills , noisy action , breathtaking struggles and lots of gutsy adventure . Brawling , sprawling , almost primitive action in which our protagonist is forced to guide cattle across dangerous landscapes , teeming across the screen by means of cattle driving , attacks , gun-fire and ambushes . The picture contains whirlwinds of manic action , fights , sustained energy and often commendable results . It deals with a gunslinger , Reb Kittridge (Audie Murphy) , who rides into town expecting to take a job , he gets it by supporting malicious land baron Matt Telford (Donald Randolph) as hired gun to get rid of upright owner Dan Saxon . At the beginning he is hired by the villains ; after a while , Reb wins Saxon's ranch with a cut of the cards . Later on , Kittridge turns to defend the rancher Saxon after learning the true situation . Then , Reb helps his buyer Saxon and while he fights off badman Telford and his hoodlums . He also has to find time in falling love with Saxon's gorgeous but independent daughter (Susan Cabot) . After that , Reb's best friend Johnny Lake (Charles Drake) arrives in town and he is contracted by malignant Telford to kill Kittridge . Finally , Telford and Johnny Lake attempt everything from wildfire , bushwhacking to setting up a stampede to stop Reb Kittridge . This gun was for hire and a woman was ready to pay his price '¡ . Hired Gunslinger In A Lawless Land!
Nice-looking but run-of-the-mill International Universal Picture Western , including some novelties , but also with usual elements , such as franctic action, thrills , stampedes , crossfire , drama , romance and some spectacular action scenes . Along with a love triangle in which implicates Audie Murphy/Reb Kittredge who falls with Susan Cabot/Rita Saxon who is also in love for Jack Kelly/Curly Mather . The plot is plain and simple, an evil, wealthy land owner wants to avoid the cattle arrives in Yellowstone , as Murphy tries to help a rancher and his daughter save their land and cattle but they result to be chased and ambushed by the nasty band . A blending of functional main actors with great character players of whom Audie Murphy holds the best role as a brave gunslinger . A warm and thrilling storyline and thanks to a personable and overwhelming action scenes makes an enjoyable movie , a real pleasure to listen to as well as watch . The hothouse plot drives mercilessly forward with frenetic action , breathtaking shooting , thrills , impressive attacks , treason , rivalry , twists and turns . The tale is strong one and the yarn is wonderfully located against a colorful background from Big Bear San Bernardino National Park , California . Well directed by Nathan Juran who made a lot of low-budget movies , though he followed to work for a big-budget cinema and was capable of making large-scale movies as ¨Tumbleweed¨ and this one ¨Gunsmoke¨in medium-budget and revolving around the first great drive to Yellowstone . Finely performed by Audie Murphy as a gunfighter who gets redemption guiding cattle to their destination and here director takes a fine penned script by D.D. Beauchamp based on the novel "Roughshod" by Norman A. Fox , creating an attractive tale that is far from ordinary , exploring the anguish and desperation of the valiant participants in a cattle drive and of the pursuers . Audie Murphy delivers a fine acting as a gunfighter who lands up with the job of getting a cattle herd . Murphy won more than 20 medals , being the most decorated American soldier , including the Congressional Medal of Honor and he was also awarded with five decorations conceded by France and Belgium country . He starred a rendition based on his own self-biography titled ¨To Hell and back¨ that was an acceptable picture based on actual events about Audie Murphy who played himself following his Army career in WWII , being professionally directed by Jesse Hibbs and it was a box-office hit for Universal Pictures and its record was apparently not broken until Jaws (1975 ). Murphy starred a great number of Westerns , such as : ¨The kid from Texas¨, ¨Cimarron Kid¨, ¨Gunpoint¨, ¨Night Passage¨, ¨The Gunrunners¨, ¨Posse from Hell¨, ¨Gunfight at Comanche¨, ¨Rifles Apaches¨, ¨The Unforgiven¨, ¨Red badge of courage¨, ¨Legend of Sam Ward¨, ¨Whispering Smith¨, ¨40 Guns at Apache pass¨ , ¨Texas kid¨ , among others . Being usually directed by Jesse Hibbs who made various Audie Murphy vehicles , such as : ¨To hell and Back¨ (1955) , ¨World in My Corner¨ (1956) , ¨Ride a Crooked Trail¨ (1958) , ¨Medal of Honor¨ and ¨To Hell and Back¨. Support cast is frankly nice , providing splendid interpretations , such as : Paul Kelly who manages that Murphy become owner of his ranch , but the has other reasons for deliberately losing the gamble , Charles Drake as his best friend and subsequent enemy , Jack Kelly , the beatiful Mary Castle , Donald Randolph , Jesse White , Chubby Johnson , William Fawcett and brief acting by Denver Pyle.
It contains shining and glittering cinematography in gleaming Technicolor by director of photography by Charles F. Boyle . And thrilling and atmospheric musical score by Universal regular : Herman Stein . Marvellously filmed on location in Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California , and Universal Studios , Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California . This classic as well as traditional movie was produced by Aaron Rosenberg from Universal Pictures and compellingly directed by Nathan Juran , containing some vigorous scenes . Juran was a good craftsman who made a lot of movies of all kinds of genres . Nathan Juran, who sometimes used pseudonym "Nathan Hertz" collaborated with Charles H. Schener in several films . Here Nathan directed it all in stylish Technicolor . Before entering the film industry as an art director in 1937 Nathan ¨Jerry¨Juran won an Academy Award for art direction on How Green Was My Valley (1941). World War II interrupted his film career, and he spent his war years with the OSS . Returning to Hollywood, he turned to directing films in the 1950s. He handled mostly low-budget westerns and sci-fi opuses, as ¨First man in the moon¨, ¨The brain from planet Arous¨, ¨The deadly Mantis¨ , ¨20 million miles to Earth¨ , ¨Jack the Giant Killer¨ , his most famous being ¨The attack of the 50 foot woman¨(1958) . He was also responsible for the superb fantasy adventure ¨The 7th voyage of Sinbad¨ (1958). Juran directed some Westerns starred by Audie Murphy such as ¨Drums Across the River¨, ¨Tumbleweed¨ , ¨Gunsmoke¨ and ¨Law and Order¨ with Ronald Reagan . In the early 1960s, he journeyed to Europe, where he spent several years piloting adventure epics and spaghetti westerns such as ¨Land raiders¨. Juran made sensational Sci-fi and fantastic movies , his main legacy , such us : ¨First men oh the moon¨, ¨The 7th voyage of Simbad¨ , ¨20 million miles to earth¨, ¨Jack the Giant Killer¨ and several others . Rating : 6.5/10, decent Western that will appeal to Audie Murphy fans .