4 classic Westerns in one special set - Albuquerque starring Randolph Scott, Whispering Smith starring Alan Ladd, The Duel at Silver Creek starring Audie Murphy and War Arrow starring Jeff Chandler in this Region 1 DVD Set.
I was so sorry to see on Amazon U/K that this DVD is "no longer available". For all western fans I hope it soon does. These 4 very different westerns, for me, sum all that is enjoyable about the genre. The 4 films are...1) ALBUQUERQUE starring Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton and the wonderful Gabby Hayes. All Scott westerns are worth a look and this rare one is no exception-Scott rides into Albuquerqe to join his Uncle George Cleveland in business only to discover he is a viscious villain aided by a brutish Lon Chaney Jnr. Scott soon joins underdogs Russ Hayden and Catherine craig and wins the day. A good if fairly standard plot, plenty of action, including a brutal fight with Chaney, and decent romantic encounters make this a film to seek out and enjoy. 2) WHISPERING SMITH starring Alan Ladd, the lovely Brenda Marshall (one of my favourite actresses), a rambustious Robert Preston, and 2 of the west's finest "heavy" performences from Murvyn Vye and particularly Frank Faylen as Whitey Du Sang, all long white hair, half closed eyes, and a presence that rivals Palance in "Shane". A good plot, big budget and plenty of action make this a must, even tho not all may agree with Ladd's casting I liked him. 3) DUEL AT SILVER CREEK An early Don Siegal vehicle which is basically a "B" but made to seem like an "A" with all out action, romance, chases and gunfights. Murphy has some good dialogue and is ably supported by Stephen McNally as "Lightening" Tyrone, the sherrif of Silver City. Lee Marvin shows his early promise, and my only reservations are Faith Domergue (I never could get her) and the gangster type Gerald Mohhr. Small personal quibbles that did nothing to spoil my enjoyment. 4) WAR ARROW Jeff Chandler, Maureen O'Hara, with an odd hair do and slightly subdued til the final climax, Noah Beery and Charles Drake, in a fairly routine George Sherman directed Cavalry vs Indians western, which may be routine, but a routine Universal western is usually well worth watching, as this one is. Good fun. All 4 films are excellent quality with great colour, picture and sound ((Whispering Smith perhaps gets 9/10). Even if you have any of these in individual VHS or DVD this set is well worth waiting for. Highly recomended.Read more ›