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Paul Green
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Mar 5 2008, 05:49 PM #1

I was never particularly impressed with Randolph Scott's acting until I saw him in the 1950s Westerns directed by Budd Boetticher. These stand out as excellent examples of low budget Westerns. Randolph Scott was also excellent in his final movie Guns in the Afternoon as James Drury fans know.
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Mar 5 2008, 06:27 PM #2

I very much liked James Coburn in A Fistful Of Dynamite and of course I couldn't forget Rod Steiger.
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Mar 5 2008, 06:53 PM #3

Yes "A Fistful Of Dynamite" was an interesting movie for a spaghetti Western. And of course Ennio Morriconne's music was beautiful in this film. I did find Coburn's Irish accent a little unconvincing though.
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Mar 5 2008, 09:42 PM #4

Totally agree Paul with the Irish accent but still did a brilliant part in the film.
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Mar 6 2008, 12:07 AM #5

My favourite western stars were Audie Murphy and Randolph Scott.
When I was growing up westerns were very popular on television. I think both RTE and BBC showed a western film once a week. RTE used to show one every Saturday night circa 1968/1969.
Another western that made an impact on me growing up was 'The Bravados' (I think it was called) with Gregory Peck.

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Mar 6 2008, 12:47 AM #6

I didn't like Randolph Scott as an actor until I saw 'Ride The High Country'. He just didn't appeal to me. I think I compared him to the younger actors of the time. Being a girl... ;)

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Mar 6 2008, 01:46 AM #7

I disliked Scott (I found him bland and boring) until I saw him in the Botteicher Westerns Jenette. These are classics and Scott has an edge in them. Highly recommended to everyone who loves Westerns.
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Mar 6 2008, 03:37 AM #8

Paul, I have no idea what the Botteicher westerns are.

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Mar 6 2008, 04:17 AM #9

"The Tall T" (1957) is one of the best Jenette. Richard Boone is an excellent villain. "Commanche Station" (1960) is also very good and was made shortly before Scott's final movie.
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Mar 6 2008, 12:50 PM #10

Coburn's Irish accent was on a par with Leslie Nielsen's in The Laramie Road, equally dreadful and stage Irish!
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Mar 6 2008, 11:11 PM #11

Paul Green @ Mar 6 2008, 04:17 AM wrote:"The Tall T" (1957) is one of the best Jenette. Richard Boone is an excellent villain. "Commanche Station" (1960) is also very good and was made shortly before Scott's final movie.
I have never heard of these films. But then that doesn't mean anything. Were they classed as B grade westerns? The only westerns they show on free to air tv here are the classics and then not many of them and then it would be late at night. My video shop has a small western section. Mainly dominated by John Wayne and Clint Eastwood films, but a few others. I got to watch Open Range that way.

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Mar 8 2008, 07:15 PM #12

I thought Open Range felt weird. It looked very computerized
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Mar 10 2008, 10:55 PM #13

The Scott Westerns were "B" Westerns Jenette. BBC 2 showed all of the Scott - Botteicher Westerns in the 1990s. Botteicher takes most of the credit for revealing a rarely explored aspect of Randolph Scott. The visual style is also impressive.
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shiloh58au
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Mar 10 2008, 11:30 PM #14

A pity I probably won't get to see them Paul. But never mind. I will watch out for any Randolph Scott films on our version of BBC, ABC who do play the odd western late at night.

Tonight I am watching 'The Assassination of Jesse James' and will give you all my review in a few days.

Jenette
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Mar 10 2008, 11:33 PM #15

Trampas @ Mar 8 2008, 07:15 PM wrote: I thought Open Range felt weird. It looked very computerized
Oh really? I thought it was beautifully filmed. We all have different tastes.

Jenette
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