Friday, March 9, 2007

Last Train from Gun Hill

Tonight we watched Last Train from Gun Hill (1959). I'd never heard of it, but it was directed by John Sturges, who also helmed Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape among many others. Kirk Douglas was in fine dimpled-chinned form as the heart-broken marshall, whose native Indian wife has been raped and murdered by a couple of louts. The father of one of the louts is Anthony Quinn, Kirk's old friend but a bit of a psycho dad. I won't ruin it for you, it's really worth catching if you see it come on late-night tv sometime. The scenery is wonderful and the shots of the wild west town are really interesting. Instead of a just a single road lined by clapboard buildings, Gun Hill is a more developed town with varied architecture. It looked so real! Beautifully photographed by Charles Lang, with costumes by Edith Head and a score by Dimitri Tiomkin.

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