a good movie but rod taylor was as good as john wayne.taylor was a very underratted actor.i 6/10
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Thanks for your post, but to compare Rod Taylor,
to Duke, is not even worth considering.
Rod Taylor in my opinion is a good actor,
but no where in the same league as Duke!!
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i agree with you nobody could touch duke in a film.hes in a different
league with any actor living or dead.
This is a curious film. It has a lot of the normal Duke film trappings, but also tries for more-not quite succeeding. It's a fun ride tho, and it's a pity Rod Taylor didn't have a chance to do more films with John Wayne (and/or Ben Johnson) they all had good chemistry. I too would watch this more than, say, Rooster Cogburn. it's a good time killer. I just feel it's missing one undefinable element that could have made it REALLY good.
Did anyone else pick up that Ann-Margaret's and Duke's characters are named Mrs. Lowe and Lane - the same last names from "Hondo"? That can't be an accident.
We deal in lead, friend.
Not a bad film worth watching with a great twist in the end. The chemistery between the actors was brilliant.. I love JWs 'my way or the highway' attitude ..I see the Duke had a MAJIC horse who could change the stripe on his face to a blaze , then back again at the start when they all set off..kind of like the majic paint horse in Hildalgo who could change his coat pattern
Well we KNOW who they are-more thieves out for the gold. I agree that it needed villain/leader, but I don't feel it was mandatory.
i once read when burt kennedy was directing the train robbers,he wanted jack elam for the part of grady(rod taylor part)but john wayne didnt want him because when they made rio lobo together,any parts elam had with john wayne he stole the show.how much of that is true i dont know.
That was a curious thing to me. I read somewhere that Duke had problems with dogs and kids in films being scene stealers. As a result dogs didn't seem to have much longetivity in his films, and he didn't often work with children (except for his own, tho he did work with other children from time to time). Elam probably would have been a BIG thief in TRs. Taylor was grand in the part, but it always IMHO, seemed too small a part for him. As for Strother, you're dead-on. Maybe Duke really liked him.
The Jack Elam issue is in one of the more recent bios, but John Wayne had no problem with children, I remember a quote that went something like this, "A good story involves a dog, a child and a woman's love" that's what he looked for in his movies, of course if I'm remembering correctly this was a 50's quote.
EDIT: I found the quote, I was close but it actually goes "I always look for a story with basic emotions: a dog, a kid, a woman's love, a man's love"
and there is no date attached to it.
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