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Jubal (1956)

Dir: Delmer Daves - Cast: Glenn Ford (Jubal), Ernest Borgnine (Shep Horgan), Rod Steiger (Pinky), Valerie French (Mae Horgan), Charles Bronson, Felicia Farr, Jack Elam
Although officially based on a novel by Paul Wellman, Jubal is widely regarded as an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, with Ernest Borgnine as Othello, Glenn Ford as Cassio and Rod Steiger as Iago. The script follows the play by and large but some characters have been merged and Steiger's Pinky (Iago's counterpart in the movie) has been given different motivations for his subversive activities.
Ford is Jubal (1), a man on the run (not for the law but for himself) who's given shelter on Shep Horgan's ranch. Horgan's right hand, Pinky, takes an immediate disliking to Jubal, who quickly becomes Shep's confidant. When Jubal is named forehand by Horgan, Pinky feels passed over and his envy grows when he discovers that Mrs. Horgan is openly flirting with Jubal. Mae Morgan is much younger than her …

The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1971)

Dir: Philip Kaufman - Cast: Cliff Robertson (Cole Younger), Robert Duvall (Jesse James), Luke Askew (Jim Younger), John Pearce (Frank James), R. G. Armstrong,  Matt Clark, Donald Moffat, Dana Elcar, Wayne Sutherlin, Elisha Cook, Jack Manning
The off-told story of the raid - on September 7, 1876 - of the bank of Northfield Minnesota, the final act in the history of the infamous James-Younger gang. But this is not just another movie about the rise and fall of the gang. It opens with a narration which could be read as a valid excuse for their violent raids:

"Everywhere men from the railroadswere driving poor, defenceless families from their homes."
The James-Younger gang had their origins in a group of Bushwackers and made their fame in a Post-war society that was still divided; some people (mainly farmers who thought the banks and railroads were a threat to their way of life) saw them as 18th Century Robin Hoods. In the film one more reference is made to the famous Robin fro…

Seven Men from Now (1956)

Seven Men from Now was Budd Boetticher's personal favorite of the series of low-budget westerns he made in the late fifties, early sixties, known as the Ranown Cycle. However, if we respect the origins of the term 'Ranown cycle', it's not part of it: the five official entries were produced by RANdolph Scott and Harry Joe BrOWN - hence the name Ranown. Seven men from Now was produced by Batjac Productions, the company founded, in 1952, by John Wayne. Originally the Duke was supposed to star in it, but he chose to do John Ford's The Searchers instead.

Randolph Scott is Ben Stride, an aging ex-sheriff, who is looking for the seven men who killed his wife during a hold-up in the town of Silver Springs. Stride feels responsible for the death of his wife because she had taking over the job of sheriff after he had abandoned it. Stride meets a married couple, John and Annie Greer, whose wagon got stuck in the mud, and decides to stay with them when he discovers that John G…

Tom Horn (1980)

Dir: William Wiard  - Cast: Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth, Billy Green Bush, Slim Pickens, Elisha Cook, Geoffrey Lewis
Steven McQueen's penultimate movie deals with the downfall of the legendary lawman, scout, detective, hired gunman and convicted assassin Tom Horn (1860 – 1903). As an army scout Horn assisted in the capture of Geronimo, he served with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders, and worked as a detective for the Pinkerton Agency, but when the film starts, he has become an anachronism, a lonely drifter in the quickly disappearing world, and the events inevitably lead to a foregone conclusion: on November 23, 1903, one day before his 43rd birthday, Tom Horn is hanged for the shooting of a 14-year old boy. 
McQueen, whose idea the film was, considered several big names as director - among them Don Siegel and Elliot Silverstein - but for various reasons they never made it past pre-production; the job eventually went to James Guercio (Electra Glide in Blue), b…

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