Stagecoach (1939)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A group of strangers from different strata of society, traveling from Tonto to Lordsburg, fighting Indians led by Geronimo and also their prejudices.
2) Some groundbreaking cinematography and chase sequences for a 1939 movie.
3) John Ford gave John Wayne possibly one of the best entrance in cinematic history.
4) A pivotal movie in terms screenplay and character development. We can see it’s influence all over western movies.

 

 

CONS –
1) While the movie began as a moral story of social prejudice among strangers, it ended with a cliched shootout.

 

 


QUOTE –
Dallas: Doc, haven’t I any right to live? What have I done?
Dr. Boone: We’re the victims of a foul disease called social prejudice, my child.

McLintock! (1963)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 
PROS –
N/A

 
CONS –
1) A forgettable light-hearted western with its fair share of drunken brawls, mud fight, misogynist jokes, and slapstick humor.

 
QUOTE –
McLintock: I’ve got a touch of hangover, bureaucrat. Don’t push me.

Rio Lobo (1970)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A colonel in search of a traitor post-Civil War. The story is better than many of John Wayne’s prototype western movies as it gives a strong revenge motive to the main protagonist.

 
CONS –
1) Barring Jennifer O’Neill as Shasta, the rest of the supporting cast is disappointing.
2) The first-half builts up the movie as an epic revenge Civil War drama but the second half is just formulaic western. Even the final boss fight is mediocre.

 

 
QUOTE –
Shasta: Hey, what are you so happy about, Colonel?
Colonel: Well, I’ve had about the right number of drinks, and I am warm, and I’m relaxed.

The Cowboys (1972)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Young schoolboys hired as cowboys for a cattle ride took revenge of their mentor/employer.
2) Bruce Dern played the role of a compelling villain especially during his duel with John Wayne.

 
CONS –
1) This movie is gloomy even by conservative standards. John Wayne played a rough rancher with no nuisance even when dealing with teenage kids.
2) The death of John Wayne’s character was unexpected and watching as a fan, it was very distressing to see him die on-screen.

 

 
QUOTE –
Jebediah Nightlinger: I regret trifling with married women. I’m thoroughly ashamed at cheating at cards. I deplore my occasional departures from the truth. Forgive me for taking your name in vain, my Saturday drunkenness, my Sunday sloth. Above all, forgive me for the men I’ve killed in anger … and those I am about to.

Chisum (1970)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A prototype John Wayne movie of good vs evil with all it’s essential elements. The Cattle Baron (John Chisum), The Drifter (Pat Garrett), Young Gun and The Gunslinger (Billy The Kid), The Outlaw (Dan Nodeen), Corrupt Businessman (Lawrence Murphy), etc.
2) The final gunfight with cattle stampede.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
James Pepper: You know, there’s an old saying, Miss Sally. There’s no law west of Dodge and no God west of the Pecos. Right, Mr. Chisum?
John Simpson Chisum: Wrong, Mr. Pepper. Because no matter where people go, sooner or later there’s the law. And sooner or later they find God’s already been there.

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!

The Comancheros (1961)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
1) Ina Balin as Pilar – exotic beauty.
2) Lee Marvin as semi-scalped drunk-brawler Tully Crow – the most memorable character of the movie.

 

CONS –
1) Incoherent screenplay where John Wayne is introduced as a secondary character.
2) A mediocre western from the director of Casablanca (1942).

 

QUOTE –
1)
Graile: How frail is human judgment, particularly the female’s.

2)
Tully Crow: I got one rule: never go to bed without makin’ a profit.

The Undefeated (1969)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Confederates and Union army soldiers stuck in the middle of the war between Juaristas and Emperor Maximilian’s forces
2) Hudson vs Wayne: 2 Hollywood stalwarts as 2 Colonels post Civil War.
3) “Fourth of July” party drunken brawl.
4) A herd of 3,000 wild horses – high production value.

 

CONS –
1) The missing finale battle. Instead of fighting the Juaristas, Thomas and Langdon paid the ransom and returned back home empty-handed. The climax is unfulfilling.

 

QUOTE –
Ann Langdon: You went out there to talk, why did you have to shoot the man?
John Henry Thomas: Conversation kinda dried up, ma’am.

The Train Robbers (1973)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 

PROS –
1) Final “Lilly” twist.

 

CONS –
1) A western where all actors seem forced to work together.Half of the time the entire entourage is just riding.
2) Sloppy screenplay, faceless villains, and forgettable music.
3) During the opening sequence, the director was trying too hard to copy Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) but to no avail.

 
QUOTE –
Lane: If anyone tries to cross that river before we’re out of sight – baptize ’em.

Rooster Cogburn (1975)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 
Pros –
1) Katharine Hepburn as Sister Goodnight handling a Gatling gun. Pure badass!
2) The “lustrum” running gag.
3) Final “Nitro” showdown at downriver.
4) Entire movie shot at scenic locations.

 

 

Cons –
1) Hawk and his gang – poor villains

 
Quote –
I don’t know what you’re talkin’ about half the time, but that don’t matter.Bein’ around you pleases me.