The NZA Posted February 20, 2006 Share Posted February 20, 2006 This thread is about the Duke (1907-1979); specifically, his movies, and those by and large are westerns. If youre not a fan of the man or the genre, you can take your ovaries on back to the Powder Room, by god. I'm gonna try to do mini-reviews of his significant works & my personal favorites. I dont expect everyone to be all over this thread, but itll be fun anyway. Here goes... The Early Years I'm not gonna lie: this stuff sucks. When you get like 20 movies for a few bucks, youre gettin what you paid for. The Duke basically spent the first 10 years of his life working for a conglomerate of b-studios called Poverty Row. Shit was so bad, they were known for churning out a western in a single weekend...youve gotta understand, the genre was huge then, and some say its still the largest overall of amaerican cinema cause of the sheer number of crap that came out around this time, id venture. Dont believe me? The young, inexperienced Morrison was stuck with a recurring character, due to the popularity of guys like Ricky Nelson, i imagine, and he was somthing like "Sandy the singin' cowboy". Only, the man cant play a guitar nor sing, so other people'd do both during his films, and when asked by fans to do so on the spot, he'd have to dissapear. Angel & the Badman was good, only cause it was the like the single one that didnt feature an "actress" in the loosest sense of the word. These ho's would often redefine overracting, Look, if it was done before 1939, dont mess with it Formative years This is where it really begins. Despite physically berating him on the set, The Duke saw director John Ford as a father figure, and learned a great deal from him. This was more or less his major cinematic debut, As with much of the genre, the plot's nothing exceptional - simple stagecoach ride is interrupted by injuns - but the acting was good for the time, characterization was above normal, and again, this was Wayne's intro. What's big here isnt just the solidifcation of Ford and Wayne as greats; its the complex and troubled passengers Ford paints, and fors the first time, background is really considered here: you go from b-rated studio backgrounds to Monument Valley, one of America's most picturesque landscapes. This movie really set a template for the genre that all subsequent entires would have to meet. Next up: i was tryin to keep this somewhat chronological, but i think im gonna skip The Flying Tigers (a cool air force one about defending china from japan before WW II), and either get into a few quick non-westerns like The Quiet Man, or the war ones from this time, like Sands of Iow Jima, Rio Grande, and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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