Written by / 3/05/2016 / No comments / , , , , ,

HOW THE WEST WAS WON AWFUL FILM

They had everything from a big cast, big sets, big country, big directors, and yet, no plot or purpose!
Filmed in a process called Cinerama, where the not so Wild West comes to life in a wide barrage of epic beauty, the gorgeous countryside literally bursting off all sides of the screen as Spencer Tracy narrates, this is possibly (and surprisingly) the worst "Cowboy Flick" of all time...

Released: 1962
Beginning with a family moving up river whose stubborn yet beautiful young daughter, played by GIANT starlet Carroll Baker, falls quickly in lust with a crusty 55-year-old James Stewart as a rogue trapper who was intended to be (and logically would and should be) in his late twenties, a ridiculous casting choice in a motion picture that, overall, is an all-star ensemble menagerie within a misleading epic motif…

Another Poster
The pallid dialogue of each scene goes on for miles, seeming like filler to make the run-time fit within the saga template, begging for an Oscar win dotted with a few rushed action sequences and each story, handled by three directors, has little to do with The West or it being “won,” including Debbie Reynolds wrangled by two polar opposites, Gregory Peck as a dashing gambler and Robert Preston, who has a big ranch and wants her child-bearing hips to bring him delightful offspring…

In one scene, Reynolds’ determined showgirl, contrasting colorfully on the hard, dusty road, breaks into a musical number to a group of disheveled cowboys… And during the third act, after two boring Overture Theme breaks, we finally wind up with the film’s buried lead, George Peppard as the deceased Stewart and an aged-in-bad-makeup Baker’s idealistic son (befitting the budding 1960's "New Heroes With More Message Than Muscles"), fighting a nefarious railway boss, Richard Widmark, for support of the double-crossed Indians… And if the entire film centered on Peppard’s more-focused dilemma following an underwhelming Civil War sequence, it would have made a lot more sense in this overlong and embarrassingly unwatchable vehicle. And John Wayne fans beware, his cameo is an important as a tree in a children’s play, or a Roman guard in... well that's another story.

RATING: *
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

All Time Popular

Featured Post

JANET MUNRO & JENNIFER JAYNE IN 'THE TROLLENBERG TERROR'

THE TROLLENBERG TERROR aka THE CRAWLING EYE Year: 1958 Rating: **** The originally-titled British horror THE TROLLENBERG TERROR changing int...

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

RIP ACTOR KEN HUTCHISON

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "I fell in love; she just stood there." Woody Allen, Bananas

FILM NOIR & NEO NOIR CRIME

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

1)OTLEY 2)HELL IS A CITY 3)ROBBERY 4)THE FEARMAKERS 5)CANYON PASSAGE 6)VIOLENT SATURDAY 7)HOT CARS 8)JUNGLE STREET 9)THE CROWDED SKY 10)THE ROARING TWENTIES 11) ANATOMY OF A MURDER 12)SHARKS' TREASURE 13)SWEENEY TWO 14)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 15)HARDCORE 16)THE BREAK 17)WHITE HEAT 18)AL CAPONE 19)HIDDEN FEAR 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)HOUSE OF STRANGERS 22)THE ASPHALT JUNGLE 23)ASH WEDNESDAY 24)THE SYSTEM 25)AIR PATROL 26)THE STONE KILLER 27)EASY LIVING 28)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 29)FRENZY 30)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)STANLEY BAKER 4)MARLON BRANDO 5)CHARLES BRONSON1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)VAL GUEST 4)STANLEY KUBRICK 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)ORSON WELLES 7)JOHN GUILLERMAN 8)JOHN LANDIS 9)JOHN CARPENTER 10)MICHAEL WINNER

BRITISH NEW WAVE CINEMA

RARITIES AND EXPLOITATION

HAMMER HORROR & THRILLER

Popular This Month

CHARLES BRONSON CINEMA

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

PEAKING INTO THE SIXTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

REVVING THE SEVENTIES

FOR HORROR MOVIE REVIEWS

Most Popular Last Year

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE