Love the film, like all John Wayne movies, but Ricky Nelson is annoying as all get out through most of it.
One of my favorite Westerns.
Wayne tells Ricky Nelson that he carries the carbine because others he met were faster with a hand gun. But Wayne also carries his hand gun, of course.
Dean Martin’s alcoholism is explored in a common-sense way, with Wayne telling him to “sweat it out” and buying him beer to take the edge off the detox as he recovers from his two-year drinking binge.
A young and very attractive Angie Dickenson provides some great sexual tension with Wayne.
Western marathon on TCM: Josey Wales, Rio Bravo, High Noon, Man From Laramie.
I have always liked High Noon better, but it has been a long time since I’ve seen Rio Bravo.
Since I don’t have a TV, I guess I’ll be going a while longer...
High noon was a fantastic film. Anybody that has ever faced danger has to first face down their own fear. Gary Cooper was every bit the hero John Wayne characters ever were and far richer in depth.
While Hawks and John Wayne made their careers out of projecting glib and fearless men, they also inadvertantly set up legitimate criticism of greater ideals embodied in their films because of the two-dimensional characters they so masterfully concocted.
BTW, IMO Hawks movie ‘The Thing’ was the best he ever made. Go ahead and shoot - it’s an opinion. Oh yeah, FWIW, I love John Wayne/Hwks movies, too, but I also know the difference between Hershey’s Bars and European 85% cacao content chocolate and appreciate the difference.
Isn’t Rio Bravo the one with the line: “Badges? We don neeed no steeenking BADGES!”
Setting the Tivo...
The only thing good Ted Turner gave this country is TCM.