Saturday, May 30, 2015

Saturday Man Movie

in 1966, John Wayne starred in El Dorado, basically a remake of his earlier Rio Bravo. Both movies centered around a sheriff and friends battling a rich rancher who has them outnumbered and outgunned. In Rio Bravo, he's got Dean Martin, Walter Brennan and Ricky Nelson to help him. In this one, he's backing up Robert Mitchum, Arthur Hunnicutt and a young James Caan makes an appearance and then stays to help. And here's Caan's entrance, as "Mississippi".

Frankly I'm not sure which of the two I like best, because both were great. This one is special to me though because it's the last movie my father and I watched together back in September, 2012. I'd flown up to spend the week-end with him, and we watched the Tigers lose another game, then this came on, and I stayed to watch it even though it was getting late. We enjoyed this movie, and he seemed to be doing so good. We made plans for my next trip up, but it was only a couple of weeks later that I got the call and flew back again, this time for the funeral. So I guess I like this movie better than the other one, if for no reason than because watching it was the last thing I ever got to do with my father.

Another great scene:

That was a good movie, wasn't it, Pop?


  1. Anonymous10:32 AM

    Cole: Now just a minute, son.
    Mississippi: I... AM NOT... YOUR SON. My name is Alan Bourdillion Traherne.
    Cole: ...Lord Almighty...
    Mississippi: Yeah.

  2. I lean more toward El Dorado myself, but it has more with Michelle Carey and that tight outfit.

    A bit 'o trivia: The guy that played the blacksmith that sells Mississippi the sawed off shotgun painted the pictures in the opening credits. He also had a bit part in McLintock!

    1. Oh yeah...Michelle Carey definitely adds a layer of "mmmmmm..." to this movie.

  3. Classics... Nuff said...

  4. Back when talent kept the clothes on and actually had talent.