I felt it was time for a western again after reading Paul’s latest post. So I chose this 1959 film starring Heny Fonda, Anthony Quinn, and Richard Widmark.

The story was set in the small Utah town of Warlock, and involved a gang of trouble-making and sometimes murderous cowboys. Trouble starts when a bunch of them ride into town from their cowboy base and chase the sheriff out of town, then get drunk, and kill the barber. The townsfolk have a metting and decide that they must hire Clay Blaisedell (Henry Fonda), a gunslinger, along with his partner (Anthony Quinn). So Clay accepts and takes over as sherrif of the town and sorts out the criminal element.

There is a lot more to the story which also involves a couple of romances, one of the cowboys who decides he does not want to be involved in the gang no more (Richard Widmark), and a revenge sub-plot. It all intertwines together well, and has a few twists and turns.

The acting by all is good, especially Fonda, Quinn, and Widmark. The cinematography was fine, but spaghetti westerns do it a whole lot better. As there were no Italians involved, the soundtrack was standard American western stuff, lots of fiddles, trumpets and those big drums.

But, I thought it was a good watch.

Date watched: August 10th
Score: 7.5/10
Film count 2017: 88

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