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Invitation To A Gunfirghter

02 Jun

 

Invitation To A Gunfighter – Directed by Richard Wilson. Western. A Civil War vet comes back to claim his own and is met by claim jumpers. 92 minutes Color 1964.

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Janice Rule is one of the most rivetingly beautiful creatures ever to appear before a camera. As a teenager Life Magazine named her the most beautiful girl in the United States, and that might have been the end of her, but she developed into a powerful and daring actress. Watch how understated she is here. Watch how she is always making strong choices, starts strong in every scene, never sacrificing her female power. Listen to the clarity and beauty of her speaking voice. She is one of four in this story of greedy land-grabbing after the Civil War. Pat Hingle is the established villain of the piece but any one of the other three might turn out to be so also. George Segal is excellent as the returning rebel to a New Mexican town, which has been taken over willingly – except by Segal and by the local Mexican. Stanley Kramer produced it, and what that means is that it expresses the strong social consciousness of the 60s – in one of its least forced versions. Yul Brynner – an actor I usually avoid – becomes more increasingly convincing as the picture progresses, and is quite sterling in the final exposition scene. The picture is very well written, its issues argued out with intelligence and power by everyone. Worth seeing for that reason alone.

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