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man from laramie
- kevin sellers
Good solid, somber western from the Anthony Mann/Jimmy Stewart team. Indeed, maybe a bit too somber. I prefer my westerns, as indeed I do all genres, to be leavened with at least a few good, sarcastic put downs. This Mann/Stewart collaboration, unlike their previous teaming, "Naked Spur," provides no such light/dark contrast. However, there is no denying the excellence of the screenplay by Philip Yordan and Frank Burt, which provides fine actors like Stewart, Donald Crisp, and Arthur Kennedy a chance to sink their teeth into nuanced characters with credible combinations of virtues and flaws. I also liked the visual moodiness of this film. Many of the key scenes take place in twilight or in shadow. Congrats to cinematographer Charles Lang and director Mann for this. And, as befits a good western, composer Charles Duning provides a lovely, mournful theme. About the only things I didn't like, aside from the overall gloom fest feel, were the performances of Alex Nicol and Cathy O'Donnell. He was way too over the top with the snarly villain bit and his NYC gangster tones seemed misplaced in New Mexico, to say the least. As for O'Donnell, bless her lovely heart, she simply cannot read a line without at least a tinge (and usually more than a tinge) of un naturalness. About a hundred and fifty actresses would have been better. Oh, and the ending kinda sucked too. I mean, Stewart's mooning all over O'Donnell for two hours and then he rides off and tells her to look him up if she's ever in Laramie. And of course she gets all dewy eyed instead of telling him to go kiss a cow which is what Maureen O'Hara woulda done. So, let's give it a B plus. P.S. New TCM host Tiffany Vazquez said that this film was even handed in its treatment of Indians, but aside from one line about how the Pueblo tribe was peace loving, as opposed to the evil, murdering Apaches, I saw no evidence of it.
a Western that could have been an Eastern
The setting unlike many modern Westerns, plays a background to the script and plot. The worthless son and the man who stands in the way of his birthright, although not deserving of it, attempts to win it by murder. Sounds like a lot of films not shot in the West. But if we must p;ace it in a category, its am above average Western.
The Man from Laramie
The final Western directed by Mann that starred Stewart. Stewart is a stranger in a town harassed by Nicol's sadistic son of Crisp's cattle baron, Kennedy serves as Stewart's dark equal. The story is well-paced with a tragic tale of revenge, but doesn't have the same interesting scenario or characters as something like "The Naked Spur" or "Man of the West." The film's beautifully-photographed landscapes add emphasis to the psychological state of the characters. I give it a 4/5.
An Intense Western Drama.
- Frank Harris Horn
Anthony Mann, who directed such Western classics like "Winchester '73", "Quo Vadis", and "The Naked Spur", now presents James Stewart in one of his most intense performances in this psychological Western based on Thomas T. Flynn's story appearing the Saturday Evening Post with Stewart as a Civil War veteran obsessed by the need of avenging his brother's death in an Indian massacre. The locales of Santa Fe, Taos, and Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico provide beautiful Western scenary for the movie. Co-starring Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O'Donnell, Alex Nicol, Aline MacMahon, Wallace Ford, Jack Elam, John War Eagle, James Millican, Gregg Barton, Boyd Stockman, Frank De Kova & Eddy Waller.
The Man from Laramie (1955)
- James Higgins
Top notch western. I have always felt Jimmy Stewart made the finest westerns, and this is one of his best. He is excellent, and the supporting cast is great as well, mainly Donald Crisp and Aline MacMahon. Great production values, well written, good color cinematography and better than average period detail. It rises above most westerns because it has more than just a basic plot, there are complexities to the story and the characters. More violent than most westerns from this period. Director Anthony Mann does a great job developing the story and characters. Cathy O'Donnell is surprisingly effective, I had a hard time visualizing her in a western role, but she does fine.
" The Man From Laramie"
- James F. Herzog
" This Movie, and all the 'Good Old Time Western Movies' ARE the BEST (over all the 'new garbage showing on TV' now a days); bring back all the REAL Actors & Actresses of Yesterdays gone by...That WAS and IS thee Greatest of all Tv Movies."
The Man from Laramie
Perfectly realized Mann-Stewart, with Lang's photography, distinguished cast.