|Get these four great western films in one boxed set with the Classic Western Collection: The Outlaws! This DVD 4-Pack contains the films THE CULPEPPER CATTLE CO., THE PROUD ONES, BROKEN LANCE & FORTY GUNS.|
THE CULPEPPER CATTLE CO.: An innocent western teenager learns about life on a long, violent and harrowing cattle drive. The American West as it really was.
THE PROUD ONES: In this unique Western, Cass Silver is a marshall working to uphold law and order in the face of great odds. A quiet Kansas town is poised to be overrun with cowboys fresh from the Texas trail, and the saloon keeper wants the Marshall out of the picture so he can conduct business his own way. Moreover, Silver's deputy (Jeffrey Hunter) is the son of an outlaw he killed in the line of duty years ago, and now the young man is out for revenge. Meanwhile, Silver's goodhearted girlfriend, Sally (Virginia Mayo), longs to leave the lawless town.
BROKEN LANCE: Spencer Tracy is towering in this "hard-hitting" (The Hollywood Reporter) western with an all-star cast that includes Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Widmark, Hugh O'Brian, E.G. Marshall and Katy Jurado. The only compassion cattle baron Matt Devereaux (Tracy) shows is for his Native American wife, Princess (Jurado), and their son Joe. So after Joe agrees to take a three-year jail term for a crime his father commits, and his father then dies, Joe's three half brothers take over the land - with a vengeance. Winning a 1954 Academy Award for Best Writing (Motion Picture Story), and garnering a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Jurado, BROKEN LANCE is riveting action from beginning to end.
FORTY GUNS: Tougher-than-nails landowner Jessica Drummond (Barbara Stanwyck) has ruled over her county in Arizona with such power that even the local sheriff (Dean Jagger) won't stand up to her. And when gunslinger-turner-U.S. Marshall Griff Bonnell (Barry Sullivan) and his brothers seek to restore law and order, they meet with harsh resistance - that is until Jessica falls in love with Bonnell. But when the man's brother is murdered and the two families become bitter enemies, Jessica's loyalty is divided, and Bonnell faces his biggest moral dilemma: how to avenge his brother's death and still maintain his vow of non-violence.
Editor's NoteCULPEPPER CATTLE CO.: When an idealistic boy talks his way into becoming a cook's helper on a rugged cattle drive, he finds "cowboyin'" rapidly losing its appeal.THE PROUD ONES: A Kansas marshal tries to maintain order as the new railroad turns his quiet town into a boomtown. FORTY GUNS: Barbara Stanwyck (STELLA DALLAS) stars as Jessica Drummond, a rancher who runs her Arizona cattle ranch with an iron hand and a private army of 40 hired guns. The tough-as-nails matriarch has a troublesome brother whom she nonetheless dotes on, and when he shoots the sheriff she comes to his aid, unable to say no. This instigates an all-out war, which is further complicated by the fact that the new Marshall, Griff Bonnell (Barry Sullivan) falls hard for Jessica, and she returns his feelings. A gem from auteur Samuel Fuller (THE BIG RED ONE) that reads as a noir dressed as a western, the film ingeniously invokes genre tropes to investigate the intricacies of sex and love; its conclusions are less than optimistic, but the film retains a fascinating, almost surreal allure.BROKEN LANCE: Edward Dmytryk directed this literate Western, a remake of THE HOUSE OF STRANGERS, which is itself loosely based on Shakespeare's KING LEAR. Tyrannical cattle baron Matt Devereaux (Spencer Tracy) has raised his older sons harshly, leaving them neglected and bitter, particularly Ben (Richard Widmark). Matt's youngest son, Joe (Robert Wagner), however, receives the most attention from Matt's wife, a Comanche Indian (Katy Jurado). Joe remains loyal, even taking the rap when the old man gets hauled up on charges of launching a raid on a nearby copper mine. After spending three years in jail, Joe comes home to find his dad dead from a stroke, his mother back with her tribe, and his brothers running the ranch into the ground. Joe, understandably shocked and enraged, then plots his revenge. The film features a solid script by Richard Murphy and strong supporting performances by Hugh O'Brien, Eduard Franz, Earl Holliman and E.G. Marshall. It's interesting to see Spencer Tracy in such an unsympathetic light as the patriarch; his scenes with Jurado are some of the film's best moments.
|Billy Green Bush|
|Dick Richards - [Culpepper] Director|
|Edward Dmytryk - [Broken] Director|
|Robert D. Webb - [Proud] Director|
|Samuel Fuller - [Forty] Director|
Golden Globe (1955)
|Broken Lance, Winner, [Broken] Best Film Promoting International Understanding|
|Katy Jurado, Nominee, [Broken] Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|Philip Yordan, Winner, [Broken] Best Writing, Motion Picture Story|