This has always stood out from the (star) pack for me, almost wholly because of the scenery and the sympathetic photography. The screenplay storyboard is plain to read as you’re watching, stilted dialogue ending abruptly at scene ends, trip wires pulling down horses galore, a rope yanking a shot baddie offa his horse, reflecting mirrors directing light at the subjects etc.The usual Golden Age convention leftovers from Edwardian times are also apparent – suspicion of murder falling naturally upon the head of a person of mixed parentage, the handy ethnic minority (French) ready to be the bad guys to a man, beautiful heiresses innocent and untarnished by money etc. Plenty of chasing about, silent fight scenes, an undeveloped love affair, hair-raising stunts with various stuntmen and stunthorses and a confusing climax.OK – but I still love and recommend this one!
I wish folks would quit comparing these films to any film in the year 1007. These films were short on money, long on excitement, and mainly created for the kids to have heroes to cheer for! I get tired of people putting these movies in B categories. Could you do any better with what they had? Almost no budget, and remember John Wayne wasn't considered a STAR until Stagecoach. He was only nominated twice for an academy award, once for the Sands of Iwo Jima and True Grit! For an icon, a movie legend and larger than life person, I think he should have won more Oscars! The Seachers from 1956 didn't win and it is one of the finest films ever made.
Great alpine scenery. Yes, I know, there's a story too, but who needs it with all the terrific vistas to marvel at. Lone Star didn't just ride around California's Owens Valley on this one. No sir, they got right into some of the best mountain panoramas of the Southern Sierras. Nearly every frame has something picturesque to look at.Maybe you can follow the plot. I couldn't. Something about a gold mine and some baddies who speak Frenchified English about as well as I can. Poor Verna Hillie, she has about ten lines in the whole movie. Still, it does get tiresome looking at all those ugly guys. Then too, watch Noah Beery Sr., who has the look and voice of a first rate villain. Definitely, he should have played the lead bad guy. Still there are some good touches– the broken bottle (how clever), the race down the river (scope out that waterfall), and the great Earl Dwire (no actor, but with a face that would scare Frankenstein).The only advantage most A Westerns have over …
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