27 September 2018 | ma-cortes
Colorful and good Western , well played, and compellingly directed by Budd Boetticher
A bounty hunter, Randolph Scott, escorts a killer, James Best, to be tried for murder. The murderer was worth 5000 dollars alive or dead but he was easier to bring in dead. This is the man called Brigade, Scott , hot as the revenge that drove him , hated by the woman he saved , a white woman he was going to keep against the savage Indians who are surrounding them . Along the trail he meets two outlaws, Pernell Roberts, James Coburn, and a gorgeous widow, Karen Steele , and all of them are pursued by the nasty Lee Van Cleef who is planning an ambush.
This is a nice western , a well-done example of a B movie with fine interpretations, acceptable production design, glimmering photography and enjoyable outdoors. Interesting and engaging screenplay , including attractive characters and thrilling plot . Stars the great Randolph Scott that brings a new kind of adventurer and bounty hunter to the screen, he is looking for a murderer, but it is not just the reward, as he hopes the kiler wil lead him to the man who killed Scott's spouse. Support cast is frankly good as Pernell Roberts and James Coburn play two bandits who hope if they capture the killer they will get a pardon . The explosive Karen Steele plays the pretty widow. And Lee Van Cleef, pre-Sergio Leone , performs perfectly his ordinary baddie role.
It contains a colorful and shimmering cinematography in CinemaScope by Charles Lang Jr and techical consultant by Henry Jaffa. As well as an evocative and thrilling musical score. The motion picture was well produced by Ranown and professionally directed by Budd Boetticher in his usual style.He directed a lot of Western, most of them written by Burt Kennedy, being exhibited by Columbia Pictures . Along with Randolph Scott and Harry Joe Brown formed a production company ,Ranown, financing several Westerns. At the beginning Budd worked for Universal International directing Westerns as Wolf hunters, Cimarron kid, Bronco Buster, Horizons West, Seminole, The man from the Alamo, Wings of the hawk . In 1956 he directed a B production for Batjac titled 7 men from now. In 1957 made The Tall T with his production company, following Decision at sundown, Buchanan rides alone, Ride lonesome, Comanche station, Westbound. Finally, Budd wrote the script of Two mules for Sister Sara by Donal Siegel and directed in 1969 A time of dying produced by Audie Murphy. Rating : Better than average 7 out of 10. The picture will appeal to Randolph Scott fans and Western lovers