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.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Another great story of greed. A paranoid man with disoriented conscience led to the disaster of a perfect gold-rush adventure.
2) John Huston’s tight screenplay and direction. While Bogart is the leading man, the highlight will be Walter Huston natural acting as the wise old man leading the pack.
3) Humphrey Bogart played the central character of an insecure tramp. His character of Fred C. Dobbs is a classic example of an over-suspicious man going nuts in isolation.
4) A somewhat fulfilling climax for Howard & Curtin.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Howard: I know what gold does to men’s souls.