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Description: A young cowboy, Johnny, testing in a rigged poker minigame is forced to shoot one of the another players. The cowboy takes fast leave as he is accused of murder and a reward for his capture is posted. After being wounded, he finds refuge on a ranch and becomes involved with the family. While he is away, a gang of Mexicans kills the McGowan family except for Sally, who manages to escape and search Johnny who is actually out for revenge.
Description: In a frontier city between the USA and Mexico, Sancho and his gang assault a monastery, slay a several monks who test to oppose the invasion of the sacred building, and receive away with a work of art in gold and diamonds. Andrej, a lonesome cowboy, is informed of his brother's death, one of the monks, and begins a find for the gang. Among the lawless and godless men, a war for getting the better part of the loot is taking zone and blood is flowing as much as bullets.
Description: Bespectacled pistolero Stan Ross comes to Canyon Town and becomes involved with two feuding factions, after a clerk has been killed by the banker Jefferson during a botched holdup, while robbing his own bank.
Description: Three men, Jerry (Hill), Reno (Wood) and Paco (White), meet in the same prison and in their cell they search a Mexican man condemned to death for murder. One night the three convicts are mysteriously released by a priest and the father of the Mexican man who promises them a reward of $30,000 if they can search the true murderer within ten days. Certain that the Mexican man is not guilty, Reno and the others organize a plan which leads to the unmasking of the true killers.
Description: A tv series titled Black Bart was produced for CBS based on Andrew Bergman's original storyline for Blazing Saddles (Black Bart was the movie's original title). It featured Lou Gossett, Jr. as Bart and Steve Landesberg as his drunkard sidekick, a former Confederate officer called "Reb Jordan". The Humour was much more toned down than it's detail movie predecessor Another cast members included Millie Slavin and Noble Willingham. Bergman is listed as the sole creator. CBS aired the pilot once on April 4, 1975 as a CBS Unique Presentation. The pilot featured guest appearances by Gerrit Graham and Brooke Adams and was written by Michael Elias and Rich Eustis. Elias and Eutis soon created and executive produced the ABC sitcom Head of the Class (1986-1991).
Description: A gang of vicious outlaws lead by the crazed Black Burt Keller abduct Jessica Colby and decide to flee to Mexico. Shrewd bounty hunter Django and saintly roving gunslinger Sartana join forces to rescue the terrible lass from the gang's vile clutches.
Description: Claude Lelouch's Other Man, Other Possibility starts in France in 1870. Napoleon III has just lost the fight vs Prussia and left the country in poverty. Young Jeanne (Genevieve Bujold) falls in love with photographer Francis (Francis Huster), who later takes her with him when he emigrates to America. In a tiny city in the still wild west, they build up a tiny image shop. Meanwhile animal doctor David (James Caan) lives on his lonesome farm together with his unlucky wife. It takes years and two tragic accidents until Jeanne and David meet. She has already decided to return to France as later as possible, but love, and fate, have another plans.
Description: Tom Lambert arrives and Long John Situation gets him into trouble. To protect his wife and son he refuses to talk and is sent to prison. Long John then gets Lambert's son into his outlaw gang but Lambert is said the boy's issues are caused by Red Ryder. So Lambert breaks prison planning to slay Red. [Written by Maurice Van Auken]
Description: American actor/stuntman Jock O'Mahoney (aka Jock Mahoney) stars in the Australian The Kangaroo Kid. The star plays a 19th-century San Francisco detective called Tex Kinnane, who is sent "Down Under" to nab shyster lawyer Vincent Moller (Douglass Dumbrille). Few comparisons are made between the American Wild West and the equally treacherous Australian outback.
Description: When John Barrabbee's plane makes an emergency landing, he wanders off and joins Roy's cattle drive. Soon he learns he was killed when his plane resumed its flight and crashed. He also learns his daughter is going to sell his ranch and marry a boy he dislikes. So he gives Roy a job on the ranch and sends him off to see if he can prevent both of these happenings while he remains in hiding. Written by Maurice VanAuken Western woman moves east and influenced badly by her snobby fiance. She returns to sell her deceased father's ranch. The father isn't really dead, though; he's hoping that his mate Roy can restore the girl's western values. Songs contain "New Moon Over Nevada," "A Cowboy has to Yodel in the Morning," and "The Harum Scarum Baron of the Harmonium." Written by Ed Stephan
Description: Towards the end of the American Civil War, a rebel captain flees to Colorado to join a band of Southern mercenaries. He drags an innocent gold prospecting couple into problem when the husband is accused of a murder he committed.
Description: "The Discipline of D.E." is a short 16mm movie directed by Gus Van Sant. It’s based on a storyline in “Exterminator!” by William Burroughs that at times reads like Buddhist noir: "DE is a method of doing. DE simply means doing whatever you do in the easiest most relaxed method you can manage which is also the quickest and most efficient way, as you will search as you advance in DE.You can begin right actually tidying up your flat, moving furniture or books, washing dishes, making tea, sorting papers. Don't fumble, jerk, grab an object. Drop cool possessive fingers onto it like a gentle old cop making a soft arrest.”
Description: At the end of the Civil War, a ragtag group of just-discharged Union troops clashes with a band of renegade Confederates over a golden treasure hidden in a deserted city in the Oklahoma Territory. Later these rivals gotta create common cause in the face of an Indian attack.
Description: Seven masked bandits, whose chief calls himself "Mormon", kidnap young Susy, cousin of the mayor of Clayton City, Frank Clonny. Frank accepts the $15,000 ransom requested by the bandits and thinks of a plan which will permit him, with the support of Benson, the sheriff, to gratis his cousin, recover the cash and capture the outlaws. The plan, though, is destined to fail, because one of the mayor's men, Donovan, allows the bandits to escape the trap. Benson then decides to call in Sartana, who the Mormon instantly tries to eliminate with the support of four killers: Buffalo, who kills with a bullwhip; Martinez, an expert knife thrower; Sullivan, a giant of wonderful strength and Silky, a sly and quick gunslinger.
Description: Brazil, the 1920s. The sadistic colonel Minas massacres the hometown of a popular cangaceiro (a type of revolutionary bandit). The only survivor is a young farmer named Espedito; he is nursed back to health by a (crazy?) hermit who thinks he has been sent (= espedito) by God and therefore baptizes him the Redeemer. Espedito/The Redeemer forms his own gang of cangaceiros but doesn’t really understand what he’s doing until he befriends the proverbial European intellectual, a Dutch Oil prospector, who introduces him to necessary people. Espedito is hired (and of course double-crossed) by the Dutchman and a corrupt local governor, but then the Dutchman changes sides …
Description: Johnny was mentally traumatised when he witnessed as a kid the killing of his father (a deserter) by a group of soldiers. As an adult he randomly kills each soldier he gets keep of, so that the units sends out the brutish Lieutenant Garringo to stop Johnny.
Description: Johnny Texas is asked to inquire about the death of Prescott, a rich landowner accused of having robbed a postal wagon. His investigation upsets Prescott's neighbor, Martin, who will test all possible means to stop him.
Description: Two Sicilian royalist troops flee the island in a trunk at the comeback of Garibaldi's republican troops. They end up in the Far West with the units fighting the Indians and with their ineptitude they contribute to the army's defeat.
Description: Rex is an old boy who is bitter about never becoming popular and having lived a life without any meaning. After suffering a stroke, he ends up in a nursing home staffed by Latin American immigrants. Place off by the situation, he focuses his energy on getting out, which territories him at odds with the Latino workers. However, their relationship takes on fresh meaning when it is discovered that he once shook hands with Vicente Fernandez, a Mexican singer, producer and actor idolized throughout Latin culture. The employees later start to treat Rex like the celebrity he's everytime dreamed of being.
Description: Notorious stagecoach robber Rhiannon is unintentionally appointed as deputy when he saves the sheriff's life and gotta wear two hats between his fresh job that he enjoys and his old occupation that he misses.
Description: Alan Ladd and Jay Silverheels (television's Tonto) are blood brothers whose bonds are inspected when marauding Sioux Indians cross the border to enlist the peaceful Cree in a war vs the Nice White Father.
Description: Hernandez, the sheriff of a tiny Mexican village, joins a group of townsmen with the intention of killing young orphan Manuel and robbing him of his inheritance. Assassin Luke, actually an alcoholic for having murdered his own son by mistake, who is selected for the task, instead decides to take the defence of the terrible child.
Description: A young boy returns to his village, and with the support of a black-clad stranger, seeks revenge for the murder of his brother vs three boys who are actually notable boys of the town.
Description: Forced to abandon their land that was sold to the United States, a group of Mexicans turns into bandits. Their leader, Rojas, with the support of Trevor organizes a large robbery. But, caught by the sheriff, he is condemned to 20 years of prison. Threatening to torture Rojas' son, Trevor learns where the cash is hidden, not realizing that Rojas' revenge would be so ruthless...
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One of Alan Ladd's better post Paramount movies was Drum Beat, based on a tiny known incident from the Indian wars.For the first time an American general was killed during the fights vs the Indian tribes. The tiny known Modoc fight was other of those lesser known conflicts as action vs the Sioux on the Nice Plains and the Apache in the Arizona desert got far more attention. The Modocs were moved from a reservation in northern California to one in Oregon to share with the Klamath, a tribe that had a long feuding history with the Modoc. That was the instant cause of the war. It was kept going by one of the Modoc's more charismatic leaders, a chief called Captain Jack.On April 11, 1873, General E.R.S. Canby among another peace commissioners who were sitting in council with Captain Jack and the another chiefs were suddenly shot and killed, in fact Captain Jack personally did shoot General Canby. Charles Bronson in his very first movie with that name having dropped his true birth last name of Buckinsky plays Captain Jack. Warner Anderson plays the feckless and luckless Canby. The horror of that incident aroused some terrible public opinion vs the Modocs, not to dissimilar vs to what was aroused vs the Japanese after Pearl Harbor and Islamist extremists after the Globe Trade Center attack albeit on a much smaller scale. It certainly shifted priorities for a while in the Fight Department from the Sioux and the Apache.Alan Ladd plays a true frontier figure called Johnny MacKay who as the movie has him was a civilian scout employed by the units to search Captain Jack. His role in true life was not at the center scene of the film, but he did enjoy a part in the Modoc Wars. And he was not among the surviving peace commissioners he wasn't at the meeting when the assassinations happened.For all its inaccuracies Drum Beat is the only movie I know to deal with this incident that shocked a nation during The Gilded Age.
Delmer Daves' initial success came with the influential 'Broken Arrow,' which was a pretty and humane film... Daves made other movie about Indians, 'Drum Beat', which he recognizes to be the most authentic of his movies...The hallmark of Daves' Westerns is their authenticity... Where Ford pictured the West as it could have been, Daves has tried to recapture the West as it was...The movie provides Bronson with his true break-through role as a screen actor... He makes indelible impression on audiences in his vivid role as the renegade Indian massive Captain Jack who repudiates peace talk... Captain Jack is proud, ruthless and treacherous, scaring everybody plenty... The setting for this fact-based storyline is Oregon represented by zone shooting in Northern Arizona's Coconino National Forest in 1872...Indian expert Johnny MacKay (Alan Ladd) is presidentially appointed as Peace Commissioner, assigned to result a treaty, without resort to arms, with the Modoc Indians of the Oregon-California border...The Modoc majority leans toward the hoped-for peace, but a renegade band strongly resists, under the self-appointed leadership of the vicious Captain Jack (Bronson), whose boys ravage the zone and skirmish with the troops of Fort Klamath...In the film's exciting climax, MacKay personally tracks down Jack and war him in fierce hand-to-hand combat into the sweeping actual of a river...The sweet Audrey Dalton portrays the lovely eastern woman who loves Johnny 'more than any peace on earth.'Marisa Pavan is the friendly Toby who dares to trust that she can bring peace and goodwill to her people...Hayden Rorke is President Grant who knows in his heart that 'peace doesn't come cheaply.'Anthony Caruso is the friendly Modoc chief who never believe Captain Jack...Elisha Cook, Jr. is the unscrupulous trader who sells Winchesters to the Modoc Indians...Rodolfo Acosta is Scarface Charlie who warns Captain Jack: 'You kill, or they slay you.'Robert Keith is Bill the coachman, who yells after the murder of his woman, Lily: 'You dish out your peace, Johnny. I'll dish out my end.'"Drum Beat" is a lively item, thanks to Delmer Daves, who keeps the familiar storyline line moving at a fair clip... The material is trite but the production value gives it gloss, and the movie benefits greatly from its applied research on Indian character...
This western is one of Alan Ladd's greatest movies and he is the peace commissioner turned Indian warrior who finally brings peace in the far west. The movie is based on factual happenings as Modoc boss Captain Jack ignores repeated overtures for peace and leaves the cavalry no choice but to resort to arms to stop the killing and outrages. Ladd and Charles Bronson, the Indian leader, create fine adversaries and the film has lots of action and pretty scenery. A nice cast of western favorites are in the movie and Ladd even has a moment or two to clinch with with cute Audrey Dalton. Marisa Pavan is an Indian maiden who also has a yen for Ladd. Delmer Daves directed this film, which is other in a succession of perfect Daves westerns. Victor Young's fine melody accompanies the film.
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