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|Big Iron Collection Crooked River Colorado Ranger Fast On The Draw Hostile Country Marshal of Heldorado West Of The Brazos|
Actors: Jimmy Shamrock Ellison, Russell Lucky Hayden, Raymond Hatton, Fuzzy Knight, Julie Adams
Director: Thomas Carr
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns
Disc 1: CROOKED RIVER (1950) Thomas Carr directed six Jimmy Ellison/Russell Hayden B-westerns all in one month by using the same casts, costumes and locations and shooting whatever scenes were needed for each all at once t... more »
Olivier Comte | Neuilly FRANCE | 09/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"That collection means a lot to me.
I had only seen THE TALL STRANGER in a 35 mm print, and the serials available from VCI and WB.
So this is some kind of movie buff heaven for me.
The six films were shot in 29 DAYS, TOGETHER, using the same technicians, of course, and the same 14 MAIN ACTORS!
5 of them in the same roles.
The transfers are quite good, especially for CROOKED RIVER, from a British print.
The direction is just great. The actors, as already said in the above review, are great. JULIE ADAMS appears as BETTY ADAMS.
The visual experience as expected (the photographs and lobby cards shown with the interview are really exciting) is a winner: ERNEST MILLER who seems to have photographed only westerns, except for FULLERT's THE STEEL HELMET.
The cameraman ARCHIE DALZELL well remembered for his television work. RAY MERCER also known as a good special effects man.
GLEN GLENN as the sound engineer must be the future president of GLEN GLENN SOUND of TV fame.
The only weak part, as usual is the musical direction, using, carelessly, musicals bits of the catalog.
This morning, instead of working on something of national importance, I think (I'm never told) I watched CROOKED RIVER.
Still a classic western, before the western cut its own throat in the fifties by his agressive thinking.
The film is never boring (50 minutes) or too conventional, unlike the early Technicolor fifties westerns from Paramount,
Universal (not he MANN of course), WB and Columbia. Especially the artificial women's parts at Universal who compromise the integrity
of the western genre.
The 5 stars are not for masterpieces. The movie buff is not a condescending snob.
It's all tradition in a pure form: take it or leave it.
I really didn't think about the picture, I just enjoyed it.