Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturday Man Movie

Haven't done one of these for a while, since it's getting harder and harder to find clips, but this trailer for Winchester '73 just couldn't be ignored. It's the story of real western man Lin McAdam who wins--the loses--a special 1 in 1000 Model 1873 Winchester rifle. The rifle changes hands several times afterwards, each time bringing death to the man who acquires it.



Made in 1950, this one had a big-budget cast. James Stewart. Rock Hudson. Shelley Winters. Dan Duryea. Charles Drake. Stephen McNally. Will Geer. Jay Flippen. Tony Curtis. James Best...Worth watching just to see all of these folks.

A note I found on Wikipedia lists James Best as the last surviving cast member.

He was the last one. And now he's gone, too.

The entire cast of this movie is dead of old age. Makes you think, doesn't it?

8 comments:

  1. I've always liked movies from the 1930, 1940 , 1950 era. I remember this one well.

    I'm at the age where a lot of friends have passed on, guys I went to college with or was in the service with. Got an email this week from a former colleague , telling me an old crony from UNM had gone. Happens to everybody if you live long enough.

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  2. This was a great movie. Makes me sad that all the fine actors are gone. What makes me sadder is that means I'm nearly gone. Getting old sucks but it's better than the alternative.

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  3. It's a great movie, and one of many that Herb Parsons did the 'trick' shooting for. http://showmanshooter.com/html/herb_parsons.html

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  4. A really good movie, well worth watching again and again. Millard Mitchell died way to young, a few years after this movie was finished as I recall. He was a versatile character actor.

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    1. Agree. Lung cancer at 50. I think that he'd have gone a lot farther in Hollywood otherwise. I remembered him from Twelve O'Clock High with Gregory Peck and also from The Naked Spur, again with James Stewart.

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  5. Aw...love those movies and this one was great. My dad was a fan and so I had to watch them wishing for color and Clint Eastwood. Now I enjoy them much more. LOL. RIP all the great actors.

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  6. Aw...love those movies and this one was great. My dad was a fan and so I had to watch them wishing for color and Clint Eastwood. Now I enjoy them much more. LOL. RIP all the great actors.

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