Thursday, December 28, 2017

Showdown at Boot Hill (1958)

Director: Gene Fowler Jr.

Writer: Louis Vittes

Composer: Albert Harris

Starring: Charles Bronson, Robert Hutton, John Carradine, Carole Mathews, Fintan Meyler, Paul Maxey, Thomas Browne Henry, William Stevens, Martin Smith, Joe McGuinn

More info: IMDb

Tagilne: A weapon in his hand made him Big....Powerful!

Plot: A deputy marshal kills a murderer in a town that loved him, and when no one is willing to identify him, he can't collect any reward.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

LEVEL OF BADASSICITY (10 being the highest): 7

Bronson is a badass!

Good flick.  Bronson's got a chance to stretch his legs as an actor.  He's a badass, an honest man and a lover.  He's got the law on his side but the townspeople won't let up on him.  There's a little bit of action here and there with Luke (Bronson) defending himself against everything from a young upstart to an angry mob to a man with a stick.  That ending though...  I would've given the film a 7 but the confrontation at the end was so weak and anticlimactic that it felt like the writer said screw it.  It could've been handled better and with a little more excitement.  I get where Luke wanted to be and he was done with violence but still.  The confrontation was over within a few seconds and then cut to the loving embrace of the gal he loves.  The End 50s style.

So how badass was Bronson?  You definitely wouldn't want to fuck with him in this film.  He and I are the same height at 5'8.5" and all through the picture people comment on how short he is.  He does too, and it's the reason why he got so good with a gun and at killing mother fuckers that needed dead.  Now I can't prove any of this but I'm willing to bet that all of the scenes where people made some crack about his being short were all done on the last day because he probably put each one of them in the hospital as soon as the director yelled "cut".  Don't believe me?  Have you ever seen a film he made after this where someone mentioned his height?  Exactly. 

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