I have to agree with a lot of the posts here, a good, solid western, great way to pass a few hours
I clumbed Pikes Peak .... you did what to Pikes Peak ?????
George Kennedy plays a great baddie dont you think ?
DULL Thats the best word i can use to describe this movie. seem to drag, didn't care for the story. One of the very few he made in the sixties that is not in my collection.
Could never find it dull myself-so many memorable lines and scenes. One of my faves-
Love the scene where Duke smashes George Kennedy in the mouth. . . Classic Duke!!!
"I am not intoxicated - yet." McLintock!
Watched this again yesterday afternoon, not one of my absolute favourites, but enjoyable. Found myself dum dum dumming along to the music naturally !!!
Sons of Katie Elder has been one of my favorites for a long while. I may be wrong, and if I am please correct me, but I believe this movie and Red River are the only two movies Duke reads the Bible on camera.
I am a member of a bunch of online groups, and I use John Wayne holding Katie's Bible as an avatar or my signature.
ShortGrub, he also reads the Bible in The Three Godfathers as well. He was given a Bible in Angel and the Badman, but his friend is the one who reads from it.
"I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
Well I can exclusively reveal that the first film we're going to watch and discuss will be Duke's 1965 Western "The Sons of Katie Elder"
Well, I watched "The Sons of Katie Elder" just for this discussion last week, so I guess I can start it….
I think this movie is one of the best! I had to edit my top 25 list, and move this into the top ten. I haven’t watched it in a while and had forgotten just how good it is.
I think "Sons of Katie Elder" is one of Duke’s most underrated Westerns. When the classics are mentioned, this is often left out, and in my opinion it belongs up there with the best. Also many of the critics or movie experts don’t mention it much. I guess this was the time Clint Eastwood and the Sergio Leone movies were getting to be the in thing when it came to westerns, and the old school John Wayne Westerns were out. But as I said, I think this is among the best Westerns to come out of the 60’s.
It has everything I like in a Western, (on any action movie); a good story, good characters, action, a little humor and even well done suspense. The gunfight at the creek is one of the classic Western scenes, as is the final explosive duel between John Elder and Hastings.
If any modern film maker wants to make a good western, this is one of the films they should study to get it done right.
I’ve been a fan of this movie for years, and have just learned recently that it was based on a true story. Instead of the fictional Elders of Texas, it was based on the Marlow Brothers of Oklahoma.
TO sum it up, it’s a solid classic Western that belongs on any “best Western movies” list.
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