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Enjoyable western, nothing more.
Generic but it's got great photography.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
(1956) The Proud Ones
To some, it's a repitition of several superior and critically acclaim Westerns such as "High Noon", "For A Few Dollars More" and "Rio Bravo" to name a few but to me it's one of the biggest influences despite delving into a lot of familar territory. A film that's based on a novel by Verne Athanas and made like a well written one which the set up has Robert Ryan as hard nosed principal Marshal Cass Silver warning some workers that he's the marshall upon coming to his town- an original introduction that cuts to the chase. One of those so-called workers happen to be an already grown up son whose father was one of the people the marshal's shot and killed many years ago with 'rumors' flying around that he's killed people in cold blood even when they're not armed and is trigger happy, and at first suspects that this young guys father may have been one of those people that was unjustly shot. Just when the marshall was about to propose to his new wife, Sally played by Viginia Mayo, he then hears that a hated collegue is about to settle into his town to open a casino and it is then where he gets a serious concussion, for the rest of the film dwells on him and his concussion, the antogonistic collegue, his finace and the young man bent on some justice for his father's death which is well balanced and requires mature viewing since it's centered more on it's complicated situations than on action.
As forementioned, this is a combination of several 'popular' Westerns including (1952) "High Noon" because the marshall's worried fiance who want him to quit, (1959) "Rio Bravo" because of the protagonists character who is identical to John Waynes character including the final gunfight in the barn, and (1965) "For A Few Dollars More" because of the use of 'whistles' for the musical score(Notice that it was made before "Rio Bravo" and "For A Few Dollars More") . My only quip is that I wish it was longer than the 94 minute running time- it almost demands it for it wasn't for the memorable dialogue. It's also nice to see actor Robert Ryan playing a good guy for a change since he's often portraying these hard exterior often bad guy roles.
3.5 out of 4
High quality compact western with good production values and an excellent cast. Robert Ryan, a tremendous actor, is fine as a man on the right side of the law here. For someone who could play venality like few others he was equally adapt at portraying men of conscience due to an inner core of integrity. The rest of the cast is full of familiar faces doing good work although Virginia Mayio is wasted again.
Standard Western with several characters from the past in Keystone confronting again in Kansas town. Law and order must be restored when local saloon proprietor seeks to rid the town of the marshal. Robert Ryan in familiar territory.