Western Collection (1928)
|Enjoy these Western classics in this 4 movie collection featuring THE BRAVADOS, BUFFALO BILL, DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK and IN OLD ARIZONA.|
THE BRAVADOS: Jim Douglas (Gregory Peck) rides into town the night before the hanging of four outlaws. He's been on their trail, believing they raped and killed his wife. But hours before the execution, the four escape, taking a beautiful young woman hostage. Now it's a murderous race to the Mexican border. Taking charge of the posse, Douglas tracks down the criminals one by one-until the stunning, powerful conclusion reveals a terrible secret that leaves Douglas more desperate for salvation than revenge!
BUFFALO BILL: Joel McCrea is William Frederick Cody, Buffalo Bill to generation of Americans, cavalry scout, buffalo hunter, Indian rights activist and Western hero, Maureen O'Hara is the well to do beauty from the East who falls in love with him, and must choose between wild passion and civilized society. Anthony Quinn is the Indian brave who was once like a brother to Cody and who is now his sworn enemy.
DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK: Lawless frontier. Indian attacks. Settlers protecting themselves the only way they know how-with guns and courage. In the years before the Revolutionary War, the East was as wild as the West would be one hundred years later. Henry Fonda delivers one of his most memorable performances ever as a young frontier leader protecting his family in the backwoods of New York state. Claudette Colbert co-stars as his spirited wife. With a fine supporting cast that also includes Edna May Oliver and John Carradine, this is one of John Ford's most exciting historical dramas.
IN OLD ARIZONA: Warner Baxter received an Academy Award for his portrayal of the Cisco Kid, the Robin Hood of the West who was based on the character conceived by O. Henry. Originally cast in the role, director Raoul Walsh (White Heat) had to drop out of the project after a car accident involving a jackrabbit left him with his signature eye patch, which he wore for the rest of his life. The Cisco Kid and his rival, Sgt. Mickey Dunne (Edmund Lowe), are both in love with the fetching Tonia Maria (Dorothy Burgess, Lady For A Night), whose beauty is equal only to her trickery. She soon betrays the Kid to the Sergeant, and Cisco turns ruthless in his quest for revenge, plotting to ensnare Tonia in a trap that was meant for him.
Editor's NoteTHE BRAVADOS: When four men who Jim Douglas (Gregory Peck) believes raped and killed his wife escape from their death sentences, Jim sets out to track the men down and enact his own vengeance. An honest man, Jim sees his actions as just and brave, but as he crisscrosses Mexico to exact an eye for an eye, he comes to realize that he has lost something of himself in his self-absorbed quest for revenge. Peck did his best work in characters with strong arcs, and THE BRAVADOS is no exception. Carrying the film from scene to scene, Peck hits his mark dead on when he realizes that the men he is after may actually be innocent, providing an exceptional cinematic moment. Joan Collins does a fine job as Josefa Velarde, an old flame of Jim's, but Peck's real costar is the gorgeous color photography of the mountains and ravines of the Mexican countryside.BUFFALO BILL: William Wellman skillfully directs the life story of William F. Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill. Based on a story by Frank Winch, there is plenty of action as the stages of his life unfold. The journey begins with his early years as an Indian fighter, jumps to his days as a scout and campaigner for Indian rights, and culminates in a display of his later years of Wild West showmanship. DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK is John Ford's first film in Technicolor (which had just perfected far richer shadings of color than had previously been possible), and the director uses it to stunning effect. The film stars Henry Fonda as Revolutionary War-era farmer Gilbert Martin, who, in 1776, has returned with his well-born wife, Lana (Claudette Colbert), to his rustic cabin in the increasingly dangerous Mohawk River valley. At first unaccustomed to the harsh physical challenges of frontier life, Lana adjusts to the work at hand and is soon able to help her husband in the fields. Shortly after they learn that the colonies are at war with the British, their farmhouse is attacked and burned to the ground by a party of Tory-led Indians. The feisty Widow McKlennar (Edna May Oliver) provides temporary shelter for the couple, but it's only a matter of time before the Indians launch a more brutal assault. Save for THE QUIET MAN, DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK contains the richest passages of pastoral imagery in Ford's entire canon, the visual beauty nearly upstaging the spectacular and terrifying Indian battles.IN OLD ARIZONA: The original "Cisco Kid" Western that set off a run of knockoffs in the early days of cinema, IN OLD ARIZONA is historically notable for a number of reasons. An early "talkie" filmed in 1929, it was the first Western with sound to emerge from a major studio, Fox Pictures, making it a revolutionary breakthrough with its cleverly hidden microphones masked by real rocks and shrubs. Warner Baxter received an Academy Award for his portrayal of the Cisco Kid, the "Robin Hood of the West" who was based on a character conceived by O. Henry.
|Edna May Oliver|
|J. Farrell MacDonald|
|Henry King - [Bravados] Director|
|John Ford - [Drums] Director|
|Raoul Walsh, et. al. - [Arizona] Director|
|William Wellman - [Buffalo] Director|
|Edna May Oliver, Nominee, [Drums] Best Supporting Actress|
|Ray Rennahan, et. al., Nominee, [Drums] Best Cinematography, Color|
|Warner Baxter, Winner, [Arizona] Best Actor|
|Arthur Edeson, Nominee, [Arizona] Best Cinematography|
|Irving Cummings, Nominee, [Arizona] Best Director|