Yellow Sky (1948)


“I ain’t talkin to hear my voice. I’m ordering ya. ” – Stretch

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A band of bank robbers end up in an abandoned town populated only by a young girl and her grandfather.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never had heard about before until my good friend Catherine from Thoughts All Sorts mentioned to me that is her all time favorite Western.

As soon as I heard that, I knew I needed to check it out for myself.

The premise itself is great and plays out really well. because it manages to keep things on a high level from both the action and psychological perspectives.

The cast is great and all three leads (Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter and Richard Widmark) help add to the suspense and tension of the story.

Really loved the way that the story is constantly shifting and we get to see how these kind of situations affect different people in different ways.

The tension between the characters builds up really well and it comes to a boil numerous times and then simmers off only to once again rise up.

This helps make the situations feel even more volatile as things move along.

Loved the way that they constantly cause the gang of cowboys to turn against one another which helps show that no matter the fact that they are all partners in crime, they are ultimately all in it for themselves and their own glory and reward.

Bottom Line – Great premise that works really well on both an action and psychological level. The cast is superb with Peck, Baxter and Widmark all giving great performances. Loved the way the story constantly shifts and we see how such situations can affect people in different ways.  The tension between the characters constantly rises making the situations feel even more volatile as things move along. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Grandpa, played by James Barton, comments about his life 15 years earlier in Yellow Sky when Mike was just a baby, he was 60 years old, and how he’s been smoking a pipe for 60 years. At the time of filming, Barton was only 57 years old. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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