Legends of Western Cinema Week Blog Celebration – Invitation to a Gunfghter (1964)


This is my fourth of 7 entries in the Legends of Western Cinema Week Blog Celebration being hosted by Hamlette of Hamlette’s Soliloquy, Heidi of Along the Brandywine, and Olivia of Meanwhile, in Rivendell

Tnx for letting me partake Ladies!

“I’ll tell you what I am… and what you are. I’m a man with a gun, and you’re drunk.” – Jules Gaspard d’Estaing

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A Civil War veteran returns to his home town to find that his neighbors have sold his home and now treat him with disdain due to the fact that he served on the side of the Confederacy.

My Take on it – This is yet another Western that I chose for this series based solely on the title, not knowing anything about the actual plot.

The overall premise presented here is quite interesting even if it doesn’t manage to fully accomplish what it sets out to do.

It’s fun seeing George Segal in one of his earliest roles and the Southern accent he has made me question if it really was him.

The true star of the film tho is Yul Brynner who manages to play a very mysterious character whose true motives are kept very ambiguous throughout.

The story stays more interesting due to the fact that things are kept hidden from us throughout.

This film’s story says so much about the way life was for people in the West following the Civil War since it caused much antagonism and strain between those who fought on different sides of the war.

The fact that various factions tried to take advantage of certain situations during those turbulent days is quite intriguing to watch unfold.

The plot of this film is quite layered and they do a great job keeping things thrilling as we await to discover what is truly transpiring around us.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that doesn’t work as well as one might hope, yet comes close. Fun seeing Segal in one of his earliest roles but Brynner is the true star here. They do a nice job of keeping things mysterious as we try and discover what is really going on.  The story says so much about how life was lived following the Civil War and how various factions tried to do their ebst to take advantage of the new found situations created following the war.  The plot is quite layered and helps keep things thrilling until truths are fully revealed.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At one point Yul Brynner’s character tells he is a killer and not human. Some years later Brynner did play a killer robot in Westworld (1973). (From IMDB)

Rating –Globe Worthy (7/10)

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