They can be tough as leather. Or as down-home as any pair of good ol' boys. Either way, there's a sense of warm respect between the two stars. The off-camera friendship of James Stewart and Henry Fonda goes back to their d... more »ays as struggling actors and roommates. The Cheyenne Social Club [Side A] casts them as saddle-weary Texans who, surprised to find they've inherited a Wyoming bawdy house, feel honor-bound to defend it against a gun-wielding gang. Gene Kelly produces and directs this mix of fun and Western action. Next comes a firestorm of character-driven excitement in Firecreek [Side B]. Fonda plays an outlaw preying on small towns, and Stewart is the jittery, $2-a-month part-time lawman who must find the courage to stop him. This will be some showdown!« less
D. R. Schryer | Poquoson, VA United States | 06/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Henry Fonda and Jimmie Stewart were two of the greatest, most versatile, actors of the Golden Age of movies. Unfortunately, some people tend to dismiss Jimmy Stewart as a somewhat lightweight actor because of the low-key aw-shucks acting style he used in some of his early movies. But, after his service as a bomber pilot in WWII, Stewart's performances toughened up considerably, as his performance in Firecreek clearly shows. Henry Fonda, on the other hand, was an oustanding and highly versatile actor throughout his entire career and, in retrospect, may well have been THE greatest movie actor ever. The two quite different movies on this DVD -- the brutal western Firecreek and the superbly-comedic somewhat-bawdy western The Cheyenne Social Club -- illustrate Fonda's incredible ability to completely assume whatever role he portrayed without any hint of acting. Unfortunately Henry Fonda and Jimmie Stewart, despite being close friends, made few movies together. This DVD presents these two legendary actors together in two excellent, but entirely different, westerns. My personal favorite of the two movies presented on this DVD is The Cheyenne Social Club, perhaps because I prefer comedy to violence, and perhaps because it allows these real-life friends to portray friends rather than implacable enemies as in Firecreek. But whichever western genre you prefer, you will not see better actors or better performances than presented in these contrasting movies."
"This western double feature disk is worth every penny
The Cheyenne Social Club is a bitter sweet comedy. Stewart inherited a brothel froma deceased brother. Fonda is his saddle buddy who comes alonmg with him. The madam of house is played by Shirley Jones. Stewart finds it hard to manage the ladies. Comedy with western action ensues
FireCreek pits Stewart as farmer/part time Sheriff against gunfighter Fonda with his gang (Gary Lockwood. Jack Elam) who preys upon the small town and its citzens. It has a High Noon-que quality, but seem more sadistic for my taste. It is tend for now, but in the 1970s when this film came out, it was rated M for mature
Both westerns showcase the talents of Fonda and Stewart and these are worth your time
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD"
Julia Stewart | Auckland, NZ | 10/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"FIRECREEK This is a profound and deeply moving film! Its simple plot incorporates the timeless and very important message that we ought to take a stand in this world! "The day a man decides not to face the world is the day he better step out of it!"
Jimmy Stewart is Johnny Cobb, a farmer and a part-time sheriff of Firecreek and Henry Fonda is Larkin, a hired killer, who passes through the town with his gang. Both men do not take seriously their leadership roles until a tragic incident forces them to meet in a deadly fight. Larkin wants to prove that he is somebody important. It is a question of Honor for Johnny Cobb. On the streets of this small town, where nothing significant ever happens, one man will find his death, another his pride!
Beautiful music score, impressive cast of talented actors and James Stewart delivers one of his most powerful and most brilliant performances ever! He portrays with splendid grace Cobb's dramatic transformation from a laid back and placid farmer to a brave and proud man! Great film!
THE CHAYENNE SOCIAL CLUB I love this western! Watching it was such a refreshing experience! I didn't stop laughing, just couldn't help myself!
Two real-life friends, Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda are friends on screen. John O'Hanlan/Jimmy inherits "Social" Club that comes with six beautiful working girls, who need his protection. All kinds of dangerous situations occur and both John O'Hanlan/Stewart &Harley Sullivan/Fonda risk their lives to save the girls. There is something for everyone in here: love, romance, betrayal, hilarious action packed scenes and loads of fresh, healthy humour! You'll even hear Jimmy Stewart &Henry Fonda sing and they sound pretty good too!
Nice Anamorphic transfer. The extras include theatrical trailer and documentary on the making of the movie with short commentary by Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda and Gene Kelly."
Two Good Pairings
John A Lee III | San Antonio, TX | 01/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This disk contains two westerns, both staring Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda. The pair works well together in very different roles.
The first is a comedy and the second is a drama. In the first they are buddies, in the second they are enemies. In both, they are splendid.
Individual reviews appear below:
THE CHEYENNE SOCIAL CLUB This One's a Hoot
Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda play a couple of cowboys working on the range. When Stewart gets a letter he is surprised to learn that his bother has died and left him his business. It is a placed called the Cheyenne Social Club. So it is that Stewart and his sidekick, Fonda, set out for Wyoming with the expectation of becoming respectable business men.
Upon arrival, Stewart learns that he is the most popular and respected man in town. He also learns that his social club is a brothel. This strikes him as not being "in his line of work" and he determines to close the place down. That takes him from being the most respected to the most reviled man in town. He has some hard decisions to make and even more trouble appears when he learns that there are contractual agreements between his shop and the railroad. Things get more complicated still when he learns that there are some ruffians roughing up some of his girls.
Stewart is just a nice guy trying to do the "right thing". Eventually, he does...much to his own surprise.
FIRECREEK Sometimes the Little Guys Win
This is another pairing of Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda in a western.
Stewart plays a farmer, respected by his peers and given the honorary title of sheriff in his town. The tile also comes with a home made tin badge and 20 dollars. It is a sign of esteem and nothing more.
Fonda plays the leader of a group of gunmen with vague notions about law and order. When passing through town, they decide to stop there a little while and rest. Nobody really minds that but they do object to being treated like vermin by the gunmen who get a bit wild when they drink. Fonda does not really approve of what they do but is reluctant to come down on them too hard for fear of alienating them. That means that it is up to the sheriff to keep order.
Keeping order is a hard job. He is not trained and he is certainly no gunfighter. He is just a farmer. The townspeople encourage him just to ignore things in the hope that the bad guys will eventually go away. All are frightened. When a friend is lynched, though, Stewart decides that enough is enough and takes on the whole gang.
This is one of those films in which the little guy manages to stand up to the bully, survive and even win. It comes at a cost, though. "
The Cheyenne Social Club
D. Davies | USA | 04/10/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Good old fashioned fun. Good performances by the 3 leads. Reasonable plot. The female characters were classy, considering their profession in the story. Mildly sexist. Always good to see the old screen icons, Fonda and Stewart (and Jones). A classic. Worth a look, if only for curiousity."