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A tiny melodrama played out beneath the towering Grand Tetons, Ford plays a wandering cowpoke taken in by warmhearted ranch owner Borgnine and is prospering except for the attentions of unhappy housewife French. On the sidelines is villain Steiger, only a little overdone, whispering treacheries. It's a competent Western, though held aloft almost entirely by the depth's portrayed by Borgnine's heroic big numbskull.
Better than most westerns with great shots of the Tetons, good acting and story. The ending was rather sudden, but overall was enjoyable.
Great performances all around, great visuals .A story you've seen before, but never feels too predictable.
Shakespeare's Othello gets a western reworking.
Jubal is an amazing film. It is about new foreman who rejects the sexual advances of a frustrated rancher's wife. Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, and Rod Steiger give fantastic performances. The screenplay is well written. Delmer Daves did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the action and adventure.
A fun, surprisingly detailed fantasy version of the old west.
Great film from Delmer Daves! Glenn Ford is an excellent casting choice in this timeless Western.
Wow! This is great. Glen Ford movies are special. In this one, Rod Steiger uses everything, his body ( check out the poses he makes while trying to get the men to posse) , his voice ( a fantastic accent and cadence throughout his speeches), and his facial expressions. A brutal movie you must face. Oh Pinky!
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Said by several movie critics that it works partially like a play from a Shakespeare play called "Othello" even though it's originally adapted from a novel written by Paul Wellman. The movie stars Glenn Ford coincidently getting picked up while passed out lying on the ground by a person who happens to be passing through while riding a wagon by cattle owner Shep Horgan played by film veteran Ernest Borgnine. Anyways, as he's hanging around in a cabin it is soon revealed that he used to work as a sheep man and gets scolded by other worker Pinky (Rod Steiger) setting the stage for tension and for total control. Theirs also a woman involved in this set up as well who happens to be the wife of the cattle owner her name is Naomi (Felicia Farr) but does not seem to be in love with the person she is married to.
I have to say while I was watching this, the movie didn't remind me of "Othello" but two previous movies also starring Glenn Ford,. From the movie's point-of-view, this film reminded me of "Gilda" because it too was also that film which the male star refuses intimate advances from the owners wife which almost works in the same manner as the character played by Rita Hayworth and the other movie is another Western movie called "Sheepman". I just thought much of the third act was predictable which was the reason why it deserves just a pass.
2.5 out of 4 stars
"There comes a day Jubal, when a man's gotta decide where he's going or he won't get nowhere" Borgnine says to new man, Jubal Troop who just recently arrived at his ranch. The story told throughout Jubal is an on the surface simple little story that seems Cliché at first; A man shows up at a rancher's farm and seems to fall in love with the rancher's (his employer's) beautiful wife. What transpires is something that is unexpected. A great amount of detail goes into the character's and their reletionships with one another. This is exemplified in the opening quote as Borgnine suggests that Jubal should figure out what he wants from his life instead of constantly running.
The cinematography and locations are quite beautiful to look at as the mountains and ranges are shot in technicolour and on location. Director Delmer Daves does a great job of showing us through the camera the countryside and environment without flaunting it so to speak. It merely inhabits part of the frame a good portion of the time which almost works in favour as sometimes less is more.
The love triangle type Western tale is entertaining and beautifully photographed which makes it a cut above in terms of a classic Western revenge tale as this story delves further into character than on the surface dirt and tumbleweeds.