The Van Johnson Blogathon – The Siege At Red River (1954)

This is the second of three posts dedicated to the Second Annual Van Johnson Blogathon being held over at Love Letters to Old Hollywood.

Tnx Michaela for letting me take part!

“Tapioca, Tapioca. Tapioca I ate til I couldn’t see straight” – Jim Farraday

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Two Confederate officers in disguise try to smuggle a Gatling gun to the Southern Army in order to help change the tide of the Civil War.

My Take on it – This is a film that gives us a somewhat interesting idea yet does so in a very mediocre way that unfortunately doesn’t work well at all.

The story is told in a way that they attempt to show how soldiers on a mission could possibly change their actions after being swayed by their conscience if they are able to see the greater good in everything that happens around them.

The scenes featuring songs, don’t work at all and make this feel like more of a farce than a Western like this probably should.

The action scenes are pretty laughable here and even a great actor like Van Johnson isn’t able to do anything that would make him stand out here at all.

Bottom Line – Pretty mediocre Western that doesn’t work well at all.  The way that the story is told tries to show how soldiers working for a cause would be swayed by their conscience in order to do the greater good.  The action scenes are pretty lackluster and even Johnson who is a great actor doesn’t manage to do anything to stand out here.  The musical interludes also don’t work at all and make this feel even more like a farce than it probably should.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jean Peters was tested for a role. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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3 thoughts on “The Van Johnson Blogathon – The Siege At Red River (1954)

  1. I remember the first (and only) time I saw this movie. It was the “Movie for A Rained-Out Ballgame” and when they told me what would be replacing the game, I thought “I love Van Johnson and westerns. What could possibly go wrong?”

    That was when I learned why my grandfather always said “Don’t ask questions you don’t want to know the answer to.”


  2. I’m sorry your picks for this blogathon so far have been so disappointing! Normally I would say that any time spent with Van Johnson is time well spent, but it sounds like this film is the exception to that idea. Still, I’m glad you’ve been able to contribute to my blogathon! Looking forward to your next entry!


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