Thanks again to Jess Manzo of French Toast Sunday for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Michaela of Love Letters to Hollywood and we will be reviewing our favorite 60’s Comedies.
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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Michaela!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (21 Jun 2001 on cable, DVD, 11 Sep 2013 and 30 Aug 2021)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A retiring Marshal must decide what to do when he finds out that a gunman he arrested has been released and is on his way back to their town.
My Take on it – Such an amazing film that works on so many levels.
Gary Cooper is superb in the lead role and was very deserving of his Oscar for Best Actor for playing this role.
The pacing is done so well and the fact that things move along at an almost real time feel is great.
The story is an allegory for so many things (including blacklisting), yet also works on the straight forward level.
The music also enhances the suspense of it all as things move forward at a nice speed. It also deservingly won an Oscar for this movie.
In addition, the main theme song of the film won an Oscar and I love the way that it more or less tells the story of this character in a simple fashion.
The fourth and final Oscar that this film won was for editing which is also done in a very crisp fashion because it helps keep the story so profound and engaging throughout despite it mostly being just a build up for the eventual confrontation.
Despite being one of the best films of 1952, it lost both Best Picture and Best Director that year at the Oscars due to its underlying theme about blacklisting.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – “Do Not Forsake Me, Oh, My Darlin'” was the first Oscar-winning song from a non-musical film and the first Oscar-winning title song. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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