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.

True Grit (1969)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) John Wayne as Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn – the one-eyed U.S. Marshal.
2) The Coen Bros. remake was quite unnecessary as it added nothing new to this version. The original is perfect.
3) A movie full of colorful characters which include “Lucky” Ned Pepper played by Robert Duvall.

 

Cons –
1) La Boeuf‘s death was unexpected.

 

Quote –
Rooster Cogburn: You can’t serve papers on a rat, baby sister. You gotta kill him or let him be.

Hondo (1953)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Michael Pate as Vittorio – Man of honor.A true Apache who hates lies and respects courage.He made Johnny his blood brother and gave Hondo a trial by combat.
2) Sam, the dog. A dog who doesn’t belong to anyone.
3) The movie shows Apache people in good light and their demise as “end of a way of life”.
4) Fast paced screenplay without any boring sub-plot.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“There’s no word in the Apache language for lie, and they’ve been lied to.”