Blu-Ray News #307: The Sons Of Katie Elder(1965).

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Posted in Dean Martin, DVD/Blu-Ray News, Henry Hathameans, John Doucette, John Wayne, Lucien Ballard, Martha Hyer, Paramount, Paul Fix on July 20, 2020|14 Comments »


Directed by Henry HathawayStarring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr., Earl Holliman, George Kennedy, Paul Fix, James Gregory, Dennis Hopper, John Doucette, Strother Martin, Percy Helton

Paramount has announced a September Blu-Ray release of The Sons Of Katie Elder (1965). It’s a terrific movie, via an tremendous actors and gorgeous cinematography from the good Lucien Ballard. Paramount’s Blu-Rays of images prefer this deserve to be stunning, if they’re not overly processed choose El Dorado (1966) was. Still, it comes very recommended. 

With this announcement this week, and also last week’s news of The Gunfighter (1950) from Criterion, points are looking pretty excellent.


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Making Movies: Rio Bravo(1959).

Posted in 1959, Angie Dickinson, Dean Martin, Howard Hawks, John Wayne, Making Movies, Ward Bond on August 6, 2018|20 Comments »


Came throughout this in an old concern of American Cinematographer. John Wayne watches Dean Martin shoot among his scenes in Rio Bravo (1959).

And another. This time, it’s Wayne through Ward Bond.

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50s Westerns Blu-ray News #173: Rio Bravo (1959) Returns To Blu-ray And Brings Cahill (1973) And The Train Robbers (1973) WithIt.

Posted in 1959, Angie Dickinson, Ben Johnchild, Burt Kennedy, Dean Martin, Denver Pyle, Dimitri Tiomkin, DVD reviews, releases, TV, and so on, Hank Worden, Harry Carey Jr., Howard Hawks, Marie Windsor, Neville Brand also, Old Tucchild, Post-1959, Wchange Brennan, Ward Bond on February 27, 2015|15 Comments »


Rio Bravo (1959)Directed by Howard HawksStarring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelkid, Angie Dickinboy, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond

My favorite Western, Rio Bravo (1959), has been absent from Blu-ray for some time currently (I’d heard it had something to perform through music or story rights). Was really happy to discover out it was being reissued. However before, I’d heard the old Blu-ray wasn’t anypoint to write house about, and there’s no news yet on if this new edition is remastered or not (I’m assuming not). A new 2K move was done not long back, but there’s been no point out of it for the Blu-ray.

Regardless, Rio Bravo is a great movie and also definitely worth including to your high-definition shelf. When it arrives June 2, I’d love to toast my copy through a bit of Fight It Out bourbon (haven’t situated it in North Carolina yet).

The Train Robbers (1973)Directed by Burt KennedyStarring John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor, Ben Johnson

Also coming to Blu-ray are a pair of later Wayne photos. The Train Robbers (1973) is a lot of fun, Burt Kennedy at the height of his game. Wayne and also Ben Johnchild are great together, of course. As a kid, the train stuck in the sand, on the significant Panavision display, was a striking photo that really stuck with me.

Cahill: UNITED STATE Marshal (1973)

Directed by Anattracted V. McLaglenStarring John Wayne, George Kennedy, Neville Brand, Clay O’Brian, Marie Windsor, Harry Carey Jr., Paul Fix, Hank Worden

In some means, Cahill: UNITED STATE Marshal (1973) isn’t a very excellent movie. But as a John Wayne extended-family members reunion, it can’t be beat (take a quick look at that cast). Wayne’s interplay via Neville Brand is worth the price of admission, and also it’s always excellent to watch Marie Windsor in anything.

These three titles are obtainable individually (very recommended, at an excellent price) from Warners, and also as part of a John Wayne Westerns Collection collection.

Thanks to Cock Vincent for the pointer.

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Who would’ve thought? The government actually acquired somepoint appropriate. Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo (1959) has actually been schosen for preservation in the Library Of Congress. That implies their board has deemed it “culturally, historically or aesthetically considerable.”

We coulda told them that years earlier.

Thanks for the news, Blake.

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Directed by Normale TaurogStarring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Agnes Moorehead, Lori Nelson, Jeff Morrow, Lon Chaney, Jr., Jack Elam, Lee Van Cleef, Bob Steele

Went to a screening of Rio Bravo (1959) over the weekfinish, and with Dean Martin on my mind, was thinking that it’s about time to revisit him and also Jerry Lewis in Pardners (1956).

Soon obtained to wondering where I’d find a copy, since the old Martin & Lewis DVD sets are out of print and bringing collector-form prices. Well, I didn’t must problem. Our friends at Warner Archive have released (this particular day, in fact), the Best of Martin & Lewis Volumes 1 and 2. Pardners is in the second batch.

Pardners would certainly be the next-to-last picture Martin and also Jerry Lewis made together. This photo seems to amount up their relationship at the time. (The battered document sleeve seems correct, also.)

It’s hard to really recommend these movies, given that people’s opinions of them fluctuate so a lot, especially where Lewis is involved. Me, I like them and also thrived up capturing them on TV whenever I can. (Artists And Models, which is in this exact same volume, can be my favorite of all their pictures.) Pardners‘ VistaVision photography should look fantastic on our spiffy HDTVs.

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The Cary, a newly-renovated theater in downtvery own Cary (naturally), North Carolina, has actually put together a weekend of John Wayne photos, which contains many of his finest. If anybody’s planning on going to some of these, let me understand.

All of a sudden, I’m kinda glad I live here.

The Searchers (1956)Thursday, November 6, 7 PM

Donovan’s Reef (1963)Thursday, November 6, 9:30 PM

Rio Bravo (1959)Friday, November 7, 7 PM

Stagecoach (1939)Friday, November 7, 9:30 PM

Red River (1948)Saturday, November 8, 7 PM

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)Saturday, November 8, 9:30 PM

The Alamo (1960)Sunday, November 9, 2 PM

The Cary122 E. Chatham StreetCary, NC 27511(919) 462-2051

Thanks for the pointer, Jennifer.

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Here’s wishing Angie Dickinboy a happy birthday. Of course, I’m gonna sell up a photo of her on the set of my favorite Western, Rio Bravo (1959).

Howard Hawks gives the film such a cool, friendly vibe, and the performances are so good, that I feel choose I’ve well-known its characters all my life.

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Martha Hyer(August 10, 1924 – May 31, 2014)

Laura told me last night that Martha Hyer had passed ameans at 89.

Her list of credits reads prefer a checklist for my cinematic upbringing: a bunch of 50s Westerns (including a couple of Tim Holt pictures), an episode of The Lone Ranger, Abbott & Costello Go To Mars (1953), Bikini Beach (1964), also an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies. She turned up a lot, which was fine by me. I always favored her.

In 1966, she married producer Hal Wallis, not long after showing up in his The Sons Of Katie Elder (1965), alongside John Wayne and also Dean Martin. After his death in 1986, she moved to Santa Fe and lived there till her passing.

Click on the shampoo ad for an obituary. Keep in mind that the ad promotes among her best 50s Westerns, Red Sundown (1956). It’s a favorite of mine — and also of many kind of of you out tbelow.

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Recently, I’ve had the excessive pleacertain of speaking with Mr. Jack N. Young, a Navy frogmale turned stuntmale who operated on many type of of the movies this blog holds dear. Look him up, it’s significant.

“Blackjack” Young, as he became known, was a busy utility stuntguy. He’d hire on for a film and also carry out what they essential, when they essential it. He worked commonly at Old Tucchild, both in the movies swarm tright here and as part of their stunt show, and would certainly eventually aid run the area.

Transcribing it all is taking a while, and also I want to hold onto some of it for the book, however this stuff’s too excellent to sit on. Amongst the many films he operated on is my favorite Western, Rio Bravo (1959), which was swarm at Old Tuckid.

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Jack Young: “Throughout the shootout at the finish, I came out of the barn and gained swarm before they blew it up… Ricky Nelson was an excellent son. I play harmonica, and also we’d sit about after work-related or something and also sing. God, that child was good!”

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Young: “Dean shot me in the saloon and I fell out of the loft. (Jack’s stunt inspired the international poster above.) We gaffed our very own stunts. It wall at once bunch of cardboard boxes. We’d put ‘em together — around three-by-three, more than likely 10 of ‘em, via a rope tied roughly them to organize ‘em secure — and then put a tarp over it. Works perfect. I functioned before the airbag. I’d perform a roof loss, as much as about 10 feet, without a pad. I’d hit the ground rolling, almost favor a tumbler. I never before acquired hurt.”

Talking to Jack has actually been an honor, and also he’s provided most insight right into exactly how these movies were made. Watch for even more, including a little bit on City Of Bad Men (1953), which simply proved up in my mailbox now.