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Disappointing, sub-standard, John Ford Western. Pseudo "The Searchers" but minus John Wayne,
This review is from: Two Rode Together [DVD] (DVD)
TWO RODE TOGETHER (1961): A band of settlers put pressure on the US Army to repatriate their children caught by the Comanche Indians seven years earlier. In turn cavalry fort commander Major Frazer (James McIntire) puts pressure on a reluctant Marshal Guthrie McCabe (James Stewart) and Lieutenant Jim Gary (Richard Widmark) to saddle up and go in search of the white captives held by the feared Comanche Chief Quanah Parker (Henry Brandon). The two negotiate the return Running Wolf (David Kent) and Elana de la Madriaga (Linda Cristal) with mixed results.
Brandon also played the Comanche Chief Scar in THE SEARCHERS (1956) also carried over from that film are Ford favourites mother and son Olive Carey and Harry Carey Jn, Ken Curtis and John Qualen. Also in common with the earlier film was the scriptwriter Frank Nugent. John Ford is said to have made the film as a casual favour to Columbia's boss Harry Cohen. Of the two leads James Stewart plays a (unusually for him) cynical and ruthless character whilst Richard Widmark (who can play good guy or bad with equal aplomb) has the sympathetic sidekick role. Shirley Jones provides the main love interest. Although there are one or two nice touches of the Master at work in my opinion Ford was well-wide of the mark with this one; thankfully he is back on top form next time also with Jimmy Stewart and John Qualen but with the added bonus of John Wayne in THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962).
A 2005 DVD Columbia film released through SONY Pictures Home Entertainment Optional sub-titles and scene selection, no Theatrical Trailer or other extras, but does it matter?
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Initial post: 21 Jul 2012 12:32:36 BDT
J. Kinory says:
"James Stewart plays a (unusually for him) cynical and ruthless character" - hardly. He was cynical in plenty of films, ruthless in a few. Cf. Rear Window, The Far Country.
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