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    Classic Movie Westerns- The Bravados (1958)

    THE BRAVADOS

    DIRECTED BY HENRY KING
    PRODUCED BY HERBERT B. SWOPE Jr,
    ORIGINAL MUSIC BY LIONEL NEWMAN
    TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION

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    Plot Summary
    Jim Douglas has been relentlessly pursuing the four outlaws
    who murdered his wife,
    but finds them in jail about to be hanged.
    While he waits to witness their execution, they escape;
    and the townspeople enlist Douglas' aid to recapture them.
    Written by David Levene

    Full Cast
    Gregory Peck ... Jim Douglass
    Joan Collins ... Josefa Velarde
    Stephen Boyd ... Bill Zachary
    Albert Salmi ... Ed Taylor
    Henry Silva ... Lujan
    Kathleen Gallant ... Emma Steimmetz
    Barry Coe ... Tom
    George Voskovec ... Gus Steimmetz
    Herbert Rudley ... Sheriff Sanchez
    Lee Van Cleef ... Alfonso Parral
    Andrew Duggan ... Padre
    Ken Scott ... Primo, Deputy Sheriff
    Gene Evans ... John Butler
    Ninos Cantores de Morelia Choral Group ... Themselves (as The Niños Cantores De Morelia Choral Group)
    Robert Adler ... Tony Mirabel (uncredited)
    Ada Carrasco ... Sra. Parral (uncredited)
    Alicia del Lago ... Ángela Luján (uncredited)
    Joe DeRita ... Mr. Simms (uncredited)
    Jacqueline Evans ... Mrs. Barnes (uncredited)
    Juan García ... Deputy Sheriff Guarding the Pass (uncredited)
    María Gracia ... Helen - Little girl - Jim Douglass' daughter (uncredited)
    Robert Griffin ... Banker Loomis (uncredited)
    Jack Mather ... Quinn the Blacksmith (uncredited)
    Jason Wingreen ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Philip Yordan (screenplay)
    Frank O'Rourke (novel)

    Original Music
    Lionel Newman
    Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
    Alfred Newman (uncredited)

    Cinematography
    Leon Shamroy (director of photography)

    Trivia
    Gregory Peck stated that the movie was written as an attack on McCarthyism, which he strongly opposed.

    While filming Gregory Peck decided to become a cowboy in real life, so he purchased a vast working ranch near Santa Barbara, California - already stocked with 600 head of prize cattle.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
    St Jose Perua mountains, Mexico
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    Keith
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    Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- The Bravados (1958)

    The Bravados directed by Henry King
    starred Gregory Peck and Joan Collins.
    The CinemaScope film was based on a novel of the same name
    written by Frank O'Rourke.
    Also supported by Lee Van Cleef

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    Losing A Moral Compass
    26 March 2007 | by bkoganbing (Buffalo, New York)
    John Wayne's Ethan Edwards, Jimmy Stewart's Howard Kemp, or any number of roles Kirk Douglas has played have nothing of the intensity of Gregory Peck's Jim Douglas in The Bravados.

    Peck is perfect casting for the part because he's playing against type. If Atticus Finch's wife had been a homicide victim, I think this is how we would see him. Totally lose a moral compass and become a relentless stalker. It's what makes The Bravados work, because we identify Gregory Peck with an innate decency.

    Peck's house was robbed and his wife raped and murdered by intruders. Peck has a line on them, they're four killers who've been caught and scheduled to hang for a bank robbery in a town several miles away where a bank teller has been killed.

    But they escape with the help of the hangman, Joe DeReda soon to become a stooge. These are a quartet of the nastiest villains ever, Stephen Boyd, Albert Salmi, Lee Van Cleef, and Henry Silva all of whom have played villains with relish on the big screen. One of them, Boyd, in fact is a rapist, they take young Kathleen Gallant the daughter of the town's dry goods merchant along as a hostage.

    Charles Bronson never executed bad guys with as much relish as Peck did. They are convicted murderers who've escaped, there's no law to answer to.

    Peck may be doing some public service homicides, but there's a higher law he must answer to for the preservation of his own soul. In fact the ending brings quite a twist to the tale.

    The Bravados is one of six films directed by long time 20th Century Fox director Henry King who is most known for doing nine films there with Tyrone Power. In fact the first couple that Peck did were probably properties that were meant for Power, but Darryl Zanuck switched them for his new up and coming leading man.

    This one however is all Gregory Peck's film, I'm not sure Power could have done a better job. Peck gets some able support from the villainous quartet and from Joan Collins as an old flame he finds that has settled in the town the four have savaged.

    Special mention should go to Andrew Duggan as the priest in the town where apparently everyone is Catholic. Duggan does a good job as the padre who gives just the right spiritual advice and counsel to a troubled soul.

    Themes like rape were not exactly subject matter for westerns before the Fifties. The Bravadoes succeeds both as Saturday matinée shooting and as serious adult drama. It shouldn't be missed when broadcast.
    Best Wishes
    Keith
    Totnes- the Tombstone of England

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    Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- The Bravados (1958)

    Keith, I saw this movie in my teens and was, to say the least, was transfixed. The acting was terrific and, as you say, Peck was magnificent in this. And the twist at the end was like a smack in the kisser!
    Cheers - Jay
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