The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) All the generic elements of a John Wayne western are present in this movie including the unmissable John Wayne “walk”
2) Dean Martin’s eye trick.

 
CONS –
1) A plain western was made murkier with weird climactic events.
2) One time watch.

 
QUOTE –
Bud Elder: I’m going with you. I can draw pretty fast. We can be famous — like the Dalton Brothers!
John Elder: They’re famous — but they’re just a little bit dead. They were hung!

Rio Bravo (1959)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) While the movie is highlighting John Wayne, Dean Martin & Ricky Nelson as the 3 main stars of the story, the movie belongs to Walter Brennan as the grumpy game-legged deputy.
2) Final shootout with dynamites

 

Cons –

 

1) 60 Minutes too long for a generic western with zero plot twists and no moral conflicts.
2) 141 minutes with stock characters – The law-abiding Sheriff, Mexican saloon owner, a Young Gun, and Angie Dickinson in a meaningless role.

 

 

Quote –

 

Chance: Stumpy, get out of there.
Stumpy: No. Come on, I got a front seat.It’s a good one.
Chance: You got a good seat, all right.That’s wagon’s full of dynamite.
Stumpy: Jumping Jehoshaphat.