Yesterday the always entertaining Paul Bishop blogged about his upcoming author's talk at the Camarillo, California public library. (Saturday, March 31, from 1 to 4 pm -- be there or be square!). Paul will be speaking about True Grit -- both the Charles Portis novel and both films, followed by a screening of the John Wayne/Kim Darby film. His post included half a dozen stills of Wayne from the film, with appropriate quotes -- the last one is a hoot.
Anyway, this got me thinking about John Wayne westerns and how long it has been since I've seen one.
Here's Stagebrush Trail, a fairly neat little oater where the Duke plays a man wrongly imprisoned for murder. He escapes, goes west, joins an outlaw gang, falls in love with pretty Sally Blake only to discover that he's riding with the man who has both fallen in love with the same girl and was the murderer for the crime of which the duke was imprisoned.
Nancy Shubert (in her only credited role) plays the innocent young lass, Lane Chandler ( well-recognized face for almost fifty years, often in bit or uncredited parts) was the bad guy, and Henry Hall (with almost 250 IMDb credits, another recognizable but unsung veteran of mainly bit and uncredited parts) plays the girl's shopkeeper father. A host of experienced B-movie western actors -- including the great Yakima Canutt -- fill out the rest of the bill.
With decent cinematography and some great stunts, it's not a bad way to spend an hour.