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Poor Plot, Pardner!,
This review is from: Yellow Sky [DVD] (DVD)
‘Wild Bill’ Wellman was a brilliant director and in ‘Yellow Sky’, he assembled some top-notch actors, Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter and Richard Widmark, together with a strong supporting cast.
A gang of outlaws, led by ‘Stretch’ Dawson (Peck) rob a bank and the resultant chase is thrillingly filmed, followed by a slow trudge across salt flats which is similarly very well shot. They arrive in Yellow Sky, a ghost town where the only inhabitants are an elderly man and his grand-daughter, ‘Mike’ (Baxter) who, the hormonal gang are informed ‘was raised by Apaches’ - a likely story!
One of the gang, ‘Dude’ (Widmark) comes to the conclusion that the couple have successfully mined the area for gold and he’s right; they’ve amassed gold valued at $50,000 which is a reasonable sum now and was an absolute fortune in 1867. The gang are consumed with a mixture of greed for the gold and lust for Baxter and there’s an inevitable shoot-out where the really unpleasant lustful members of the gang are popped off.
What lets the film down is the plot, which is paper-thin - and although comparisons are made with Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, the resemblance to The Bard’s play is as thin as the film’s plot. It begs the question, having amassed a fortune, why are the couple living in a dump like Yellow Sky? Where do they get their provisions from? And leaving aside the nonsense when 80 year old Grandpa gets shot in the leg and a couple of days later he’s hopping about like a two-year old, it’s the last few minutes of the film which descend into a farce which would not disgrace the stage of the Whitehall Theatre.
A shame when it's compared with Wellman's 'Ox Bow Incident', made a few years earlier; not up to the same standard.