Movie Diary 12/20/2017

Custer of the West (Robert Siodmak, 1967). A generally mystifying account of Custer (played by Robert Shaw as though biting down hard on something throughout), portrayed very cynically through his post-Civil War career. Episodic and lumbering, but with a few interesting moments, some of which are served up by Lawrence Tierney’s Gen. Philip Sheridan. Ty Hardin and Jeffrey Hunter play Reno and Benteen, and Robert Ryan turns up in a small role in one self-contained episode. Shaw might have made a strong Custer, but the film never seems to know what it thinks about him.

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