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The Man From The Alamo - Westerns Collection 2011 [DVD]
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1950s Western starring Glenn Ford as John Stroud, a fighter for Texan independence who is branded a coward after being chosen by lot to leave the Alamo before the bitter end. When all his compatriots are wiped out by the Mexican army, he is left with no proof that he was ordered to leave his post, and is perceived by everyone who knows him to be a deserter. How can he prove his courage and clear his name?
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Any film by that fine director Budd Boetticher is worth a look at, and this one is no exception. His imaginitive direction lifts it far above the average oaters being churned out during the early fifties when this was made. Boetticher cleverly uses a sub plot about the Alamo, and manages to make an entertaining film out of the short 76 minute running time. He always managed to assemble the right actors for his films. In this one he cast that excellent lead actor Glenn Ford in the lead role. Ford was a very competent horseman as he amply demonstrates in this film. The principal villain Victor Jory who was once an accomplished boxer and wrestler, also gets to show his skills on a horse.Read more ›
John Stroud (Ford) with a small group of locals from his home town secretly draw lots to decide which of them will leave the fort to protect their families. Stroud draws the black bean and prepares to leave the fort to the dismay of the other defenders. Riding hell-for-leather he arrives home too late, discovering from Carlos (sole surviving Mexican boy) that his family had been massacred by a band of renegades posing as Mexicans led by Jess Wade (Victor Jory). Taking Carlos into the nearest town of Franklin he leaves him in the care of Beth Anders (Julie Adams). A messenger from the Alamo Lt Tom Lamar (Hugh O'Brian) recognises Stroud and denounces him to the townsfolk. In an effort to infiltrate Wade's gang and with all the local townspeople against him Stroud gets himself thrown into jail, which is already occupied by Dawes (Neville Brand) a gang member. The townsfolk are busy packing and loading a wagon train to escape the expected arrival of the Mexican Army at this point they are attacked by Wade's gang who spring Dawes along with Stroud from jail. Later Stroud learns that the gang are planning to attack the town's wagon train having found out that the town's bankroll is onboard. He sets out to warn the wagon train of pending disaster and to help in organising its defence for the final showdown!Read more ›
In truth, no great shakes in the Western genre here, and certainly not even close to being amongst the better work of director Budd Boetticher (The Tall T & Comanche Station) or Glenn Ford (The Big Heat & Blackboard Jungle). It's also not high on production value and doesn't have location vitality to give it an earthy sheen, it still, however, manages to be an entertaining piece putting an interesting offshoot to the Alamo legend. Glenn Ford is a watchable star at the best of times and he manages to keep this picture afloat by putting a bit of cool bravado urgency into the role of John Stroud, with dashes of emotional fortitude, his relationship with the young, recently orphaned Carlos, gives the film its emotional weight, and when that sits alongside the usual array of shoot them up sequences it makes for good honest Western fare.
Of the supporting cast, Chill Wills and Neville Brand put in some fine work, while there has been far far worse female leads in this genre than the radiant Julie Adams. Of Boetticher's direction?Read more ›
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With a powerful cast that includes Chill Wills, Victor Jury, Julia Adams and Hugh O'Brien, GLENN FORD plays John Stroud who agrees to leave his post at the Alamo to warn his family... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MAC
This is from my late favourite actor's collection Glenn Ford he has this laid back way of acting never in a hurry and always talks very clearly, he also always gets the woman well... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shirley Steadman
Bought as a Birthday gift for my mother. Arrived on time and great condition, very happy buyer and mother.Published 12 months ago by sharon n
Budd Boetticher was one of that small band of film-makers who were mostly outsiders in Hollywood - Joseph H. Read morePublished 20 months ago by KaleHawkwood