Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Dodge City (1939)

Director: Michael Curtiz

Writer: Robert Buckner

Composer: Max Steiner

Starring:  Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan, Bruce Cabot, Frank McHugh, Alan Hale, John Litel, Henry Travers, Henry O'Neill, Victor Jory, Ward Bond, Bobs Watson

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  West of Chicago there was no law!

Plot:  A Texas cattle agent witnesses first hand, the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up.

My rating; 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Fun flick!  Errol Flynn brings the gorgeous, smooth, charismatic goods even if it feels a bit off that he's in a Western.  The bar room brawl is probably the best I've seen.  It's busy as hell, well-choreographed and genuine as all get out.  The supporting cast is great, too.  And Bobs Watson as the little kid that Wade (Flynn) befriends is adorable as hell and he brightens up the film a whole bunch.  That kid was a natural actor.  What a performance!  You might not like the movie but you can't fault the fast pace that's maintained from the start.  They pack in an awful lot Western stuff from cows to trains.  Pretty much everything but Indians and Soldiers.  Alan Hale, a regular Flynn sidekick, is back with the comic relief and he strikes the right balance between fun and too much.  I love that guy.  Watching this reminded me that it's been far too long since I watched a Flynn picture and I need to do more of it.  It's funny how few films I watch from my most favorite actors.  The Warner Bros. DVD sports a great Technicolor transfer and it's loaded with extras. 

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