on 21 March 2015
The first time I've seen this film, this is good stuff from Jeff Chandler, tension from the beginning to the end with the local sheriff standing up for what he believes is right and seeing it through to the end - alone! Some familiar faces as co-stars: Leo Gordon (Cass from "Night of the Grizzly" with Clint Walker), John Lurch, Colleen Miller and of course Orson Welles who owns the town and rules the "biggest Ranch in the State" Picture and sound excellent, b&w, a joy to watch.
on 14 June 2011
This movie was first released in 1957(1985)2011, in widescreen 2.35.1, B/W and runs 81 minutes. The sound and picture quality are excellent. There are no extras on this DVD. The film starts with Chet Huneker (LEO GORDON) and Ed Yates(JOHN LARCH) enter the mexican quarters of the GOLDEN EMPIRE RANCH and take Juan Martin(JOE SCHNEIDER) forcefully into the tool shed and beat him up and Yates then hits him on his head with an pick-axe-handle. Old man Neros sees this murder. As sheriff Ben Sadler(JEFF CHANDLER) arrives at his office on this very hot day, Neros gives a statement that he has seen Martin murdered at that Ranch, by Yates and Huneker. Sheriff drives to the Ranch and meets Virgil Rechler(ORSON WELLES). Renchler says he has 400-500 mexicans working for him and he has his own laws and he enforces them. When sheriff tells him of the murder, Renchler warns the sheriff that if he does not behave, the county will have a new sheriff. As sheriff leaves Renchler rings the commissioner for help. Then Chet Huneker comes into sheriff's office and claims that he had just run over Juan Martin by accident and claims Juan was drunk. Skippy Renchler(COLLEEN MILLER), Renchler's daughter had seen the sheriff at the Ranch. She comes to the sheriff's office and says that she had heard a scream in the middle of the night and that Juan Martin and her were friends and her father did not like this and she was shocked to hear Juan dead. Then the coroner Jake Kelly tells the sheriff that Juan was killed in a road accident. The county association warn the sheriff to stop his investigation. But Sheriff Sadler gets a search warrant and goes to the Ranch and finds a patch of blood on the timber in the tool shed. As the sheriff leaves, he finds his car breaks don't work and his car's front left wheel drops off, crashing the car.
How will it end? Will sheriff Sadler survive the car crash? Will he find and arrest the murderers? What will Skippy do now? Will Virgil Renchler and his men get rid of the sheriff? What will the town do? Is old man Neros safe as a witness? Will sheriff's enemies hurt him again or his wife? Will anyone help the sheriff to carry out his job?
This story of GENE L GOON is beautifully photographed in B/W widescreen by ARTHUR E ARLING and briskly directed by JACK ARNOLD. Jeff Chandler, once again gives a masterly performance.
JEFF CHANDLER(Ira Grossel) was born on 15.12.1918 to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York. He attended ERASMUS Hall High School, took a drama course and worked on radio. He served in World War II in Aleutians. His height of 6' 4" and weight of 210 lbs was a record for enlisting. His first role in films was in 1948 and was nominated for Academy Award in his role of Cochise in BROKEN ARROW(1950). He was also a singer releasing several albums and playing in night clubs. He married actress MARJORIE HOSHELLE(1918-1989) in 1946. They had 2 daughters - Jamie Tucker(1947-2003) and Dana Grossel(1949-2002) before devorcing in 1954. Both his daughters died of cancer. In 1961, he injured his back playing baseball and was admitted to hospital on 13.5.1961 for spinal disc herniation. This followed many complications, haemorrhage and damaged artery. After several transfusions, he died on 17.6.1961, aged 42. His death was deemed malpractice and resulted in a large lawsuit and settlement for his children.
Some of Jeff Chandler's films are:-
(1) Roses are Red, 1947
(2) Broken Arrow, 1949(2007)
(3) The Desert Hawk, 1950
(4) The Battle at Apache Pass, 1951(2000)
(5) The Great Sioux Uprising, 1953 VHS
(6) Foxfire, 1954
(7) The Jayhawkers, 1959(1998)
(8) The Plunderers, 1960(2009)
(9) Thunder in the Sun, 1959
(10)Merrill's Marauders, 1962(2008)
Watch and ENJOY this modern western.