John McIntire

  • Robert Aldrich – Apache (1954)

    1951-1960Robert AldrichUSAWestern

    Quote:
    Apache was based on Paul I. Wellman’s novel Broncho Apache, which in turn was inspired by a true story. Burt Lancaster plays Massai, a lieutenant of the great Apache warrior Geronimo (here depicted as an old man, played by Monte Blue). Though his tribe has signed surrender terms with the conquering whites, Massai refuses to do so. He escapes from a prison train and conducts a one-man war against the white intruders-and against some of his own people. Along the way, he claims Nalinle (Jean Peters), whom he previously regarded as a traitor to his cause, as his wife. John McIntire plays famed Indian scout Al Sieber, who-in this film, if not in real life-is sympathetic to the Indians’ plight and Massai’s single-purposed cause. The real-life counterpart to Massai was killed by Sieber’s minions after agreeing to call off the hostilies; United Artists objected to this, forcing producer/star Burt Lancaster to shoot an unconvincingly happy ending.Read More »

  • Clint Eastwood – Honkytonk Man (1982)

    Drama1981-1990Clint EastwoodMusicalUSA

    Synopsis:
    As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the missus’ brother. A roguish country-western musician, he has just been invited to audition for the Grand Ole Opry, his chance of a lifetime to become a success. However, this is way back in Nashville, Red clearly drives terribly, and he’s broke and sick with tuberculosis to boot. Whit, 14, seeing his own chance of a lifetime to avoid “growing up to be a cotton picker all my life,” begs Ma to let him go with Uncle Red as driver and protege. Thus begins a picaresque journey both hilarious and poignant.
    — IMDB.Read More »

  • Phil Karlson – The Phenix City Story (1955)

    1951-1960CrimeFilm NoirPhil KarlsonUSA

    Quote:
    I’ve always cited this movie as the best ever made in (Alabama), as well as the most authentic. Maybe that’s in part because watching it is experiencing the apotheosis of Southern sleaze—a bit like festering for hours in the seediest possible Alabama Greyhound depot in August without air conditioning…Though the movie’s politics are liberal, its moral outrage is so intense you may come out of it wanting to join a lynch mob.” – Film critic and Alabama expatriate Jonathan Rosenbaum, writing in his book Essential Cinema.Read More »

  • Joseph M. Newman – The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959)

    1951-1960Joseph M. NewmanUSAWestern

    Synopsis:
    Bat Masterson doesn’t look for trouble, but he doesn’t walk away from it. When an army sergeant in Hays City tries to kill Bat and dies for his trouble, Bat heads for Dodge City where Ed, his brother, is city marshal and a candidate for county sheriff running against the corrupt Regan. Bat buys a share in a local saloon, partnering with the widow Lily. Then, after an ambush, Bat finds himself a candidate for sheriff and the heir to Ed’s intentions toward Pauline, a minister’s daughter. Can the upright but not always law-abiding gunslinger and saloon owner become a lawman and settle down? Or will trouble keep finding him?Read More »

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