Movie Diary 11/22/2017

Fort Massacre (Joseph M. Newman, 1958). Quite a cynical script (by Martin Goldsmith, the credited writer on Detour) for this cavalry Western about a cruel sergeant (Joel McCrea) left in command of a small group of resentful soldiers. The troupe includes John Russell, Denver Pyle, and Forrest Tucker. There’s good location work and some decent management of the widescreen frame. McCrea’s a wonderful actor, although the anti-hero profile doesn’t sit too naturally with him.

Rio Grande (John Ford, 1950). Compared to Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, this is a hang-out movie, with its regular song-making and emphasis on community over plot. It’s a beaut, with some prime John Wayne material and great stuff for the stock company.


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