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Trooper Hook [DVD] [1957] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2014
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This independently produced black and white B western, in which this film is firmly entrenched, reached its zenith at the end of the fifties and very early sixties, the shining examples being the wonderful little Randolph Scott/Budd Boetticher collaborations like "The Tall T"(57), "Ride Lonesome"(59), and "Comanche Station"(60). Whilst this one does not quite reach those lofty heights it is still a very fine example of how to make a film on a shoestring budget. The subjects of rape, kidnap, murder and miscegenation are not the stuff of kiddies Saturday morning matinees. "Trooper Hook" is a very adult western in the decade when they came to the fore. During this period a plethora of westerns were made and it was easy for a good one like this example to slip under the radar.

The tone is set from the films opening scene. We see a Frederic Remington style painting of Trooper Hook, played by the stalwart Joel McCrea in a heroic pose. We quickly learn that Clovis Hook is a decent man imbued with high principles. Who better to play him than Joel McCrea who stuck pretty exclusively to these sort of western characters in the fifties. Mr decency personified! Hook rescues a woman and her half Indian child from the Apaches. He is then charged with delivering her safely back to her white husband. Not an easy task with the childs Apache father hot on his heels. Who better to play the tough, resilient and spirited kidnap victim than the superb Barbara Stanwyk. The director Charles Marquis Warren described her as the most magnificent actress he had worked with. Fair enough! This was the sixth film she made with McCrea and the chemistry shows in some strong scenes between the pair.
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Trooper Hook is directed by Charles Marquis Warren and collectively written by David Victor, Jack Schaefer and Herbert Little Jr. It stars Joel McCrea, Barbara Stanwyck, Earl Holliman, Royal Dano and Rudolfo Acosta. Music is by Gerald Fried, with theme tune song by Tex Ritter, and cinematography is by Ellsworth Fredericks.

Upon capturing a band of marauding Apaches, Cavalry Sergeant Clovis Hook (McCrea) finds a white woman amongst the group. Cora Sutliff (Stanwyck) was taken by the Apache years ago and became the squaw of their leader, Nanchez (Acosta), she also bore him a child, Quito (Terry Lawrence). The army decides to reunite Cora with her white husband and charge Hook with delivering both her and Quito safely across country to the Sutliff homestead...

Splendid cast is assembled for this black and white Oater that is more about racism and the problems of inter-racial relations in the Old West, than it is a Cavalry Vs Indians shoot 'em up. Story essentially follows a stagecoach travelling across country that finds Hook, Cora and Quito encountering all manner of characters along the way, most of whom are racist. While of course there is the small matter of the Apache being on their tail as well.

Hook is a grizzled old badger, orders are orders, regardless of if he had any sort of objections to his mission, he's there to keep order and see the job through. For various reasons, everyone on the journey will be looking to him for action and decisions, not least Cora and Quito who begin to form a warm relationship with him. It of course builds to a head once the Apache come back onto the scene, and there's the issue of if Cora's husband will accept her and her half-breed son into his life?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good oater with Joel McCrea 22 Jan. 2012
By B. Cathey - Published on Amazon.com
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Joel McCrea was a natural as a Western actor. Despite his great successes in FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS, and in several other dramas of the late 1930s and early 1940s, it was the Western genre that he really loved. And he made some extremely fine ones, capping his long career and partnering with Randolph Scott in Sam Peckinpah's RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (1962), arguably one of the finest Westerns ever made. TROOPER HOOK is a slightly lesser effort from the late 1950s, but still a well-acted vehicle for McCrea and co-star Barbara Stanwyck. Stanwyck is a white woman, captured and "married to" an Apache chief, and more, she has a son by him. McCrea is charged with rescuing her and returning her "home." And therein lies the source of a series of mishaps, battles with her Apache "husband," and other complications. Edward Arnold and Earl Holliman add to the fine cast and resulting action.

Now that MGM/UA have released several McCrea vehicles, it is time that Universal lets us have good prints of McCrea's fine early-1950s Westerns---the very enjoyable CATTLE DRIVE, the whimsical SADDLE TRAMP (with John McIntyre, Jeannette Nolan, and Russell Simpson), BLACK HORSE CANYON (the most gentle of McCrea's oaters), FRENCHIE (McCrea's take on the "Destry" story) and LONE HAND. Why not issue them in a set, just as Warner has done with some of the 1950s Scott Westerns?

Joel McCrea was a genuine cowboy and a true gentleman. He is one of the most underrated actors ever to work in Hollywood films. His films deserve attention and will repay re-viewing.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TROOPER HOOK 13 Nov. 2011
By Dr S S Nagi (NYROBE) - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie was first released in 1957(2011) in B/W, fullscreen and runs 83 minutes. The sound and picture quality are good and there are no extras. The film starts with Apache messacre of some US Army soldiers on top of a rocky hill. Soon the US Army attack the Apache, lead by Sergeant Clovert Hook(JOEL McCREA). The army burn the village and round up the Indians. Chief Nanchez(RUDOLFO ACOSTA) is captured alive. Amongst the prisoners, they find a white woman, Cora Sutliffe(BARBARA STANWYCK) with her son Keto, whose father is Nanchez. They all head back to the Fort. When questioned by the Colonel, they find that Cora had been attacked by the Cherokawa Indians and her husband was missing. Nanchez was to be sent to Saint Carlos Reservation. Fred Sutliffe(EDWARD ANDREWS)is traced running a ranch near Tuscan. Orders are given to Trooper Hook to take Cora and Keto to that ranch. After receiving hostility at the first town, Trooper Hook takes a stagecoach for Cora and Keto. At the next town they get the same hostility. Then Cowboy Jeff Benam(EARL HOLLIMAN) joins the stagecoach at Wilson's Hotel. Hook and Cora also get talking about themselves and their past. As they pass some hills, Nanchez, with broken chains, watches the stagecoach from the top of the hills. Trooper Hook also sees distant dust cloud on the left side of the stagecoach. At the next stage post, a telegram comes saying that some of the braves had broken out Nanchez from the Fort 2 days ago. Hearing this Jeff takes a horse and warns Trooper Hook about Nanchez's escape.
This excellent story of JACK SCHAFFER is beautifully photographed in B/W by ELLSWORTH FREDERICKS and briskly directed by CHARLES MARQUIS WARREN. There is also a good background song on 'Trooper Hook' sung by TEX RITTER. The action scenes are very good and Joel McCrea and Barbara Stanwyck give masterly performances.
JOEL ALBERT McCREA was born on 5.11.1905 in South Pasadena, California. After school, he acted on stage and took courses in drama. In 1927/28, he worked as extras and stuntman. In 1929, he signed contract with MGM and in 1930 moved to RKO. In 1940, his career peaked. He enjoyed doing westerns. His last film was in 1976 -'Mustang Country'. He worked with his son 'JODY' in some films. He married FRANCES DEE in 1933 and had 3 sons, DAVID, PETER and JODY. McCrea was proud of his Scottish Heritage. Even in 1940's, he was a Millionaire with land and his real-estate dealings. He made his final public appearance on 3.10.1990. On 20.10.1990, aged 84, he died in Woodland Hills, California, of pneumonia.
Some of Joel McCrea's westerns are:-
(1) San Francisco Story, 1952(2009)
(2) Stranger on Horse, 1955(2008)
(3) The Gunfight in Dodge City, 1959(2008)
(4) Colorado Territory, 1949(2009)
(5) Four Faces West, 1948(2003)
(6) Wichita, 1955(2009)
(7) Ride the High Country, 1962(2009)
(8) The First Texan, 1956(2009)
(9) The Outriders, 1950(2011)
(10)The Olkahoman, 1957(2009)
(11)Stars in My Crown, 1950(2011)
(12)Buffalo Bill, 1944(2005)
Watch and ENJOY.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trooper Hook 3 Feb. 2012
By Warren - Published on Amazon.com
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Trooper Hook has a well crafted and believable plot with McCrea's character development allowed to be fleshed out. Although not a big fan of Barbara Stanwyck, her performance certainly adds to "Trooper Hook" with the role given. Picture and sound quality is good. As a vehicle for Joel McCrae "Trooper Hook" ranks alongside "Fort Massacre", as they both warrant more than one viewing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trooper Hook 7 Mar. 2013
By John R. Schill - Published on Amazon.com
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Trooper Hook is a great movie and it has made a great addition to my collection of great westerns. Based on a short story by Jack Shaefer, author of Shane, it has always been a favorite of mine. It may have been the last in a long line of partnerships between Joel McCrae and Barbara Stanwyck.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TROOPER HOOK 13 Oct. 2012
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