Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hour of the Gun (1967)

I'm working on an article about the many Wyatt Earp films and I watched Hour of the Gun (1967) for the first time. I liked James Garner's hardboiled performance as Wyatt and found the overall film quite entertaining. Though for a movie that opens with "This Picture Is Based On Fact. This Is The Way It Happened," goofs in a very big way by portraying the legendary marshal catching up with Ike Clanton (the superb Robert Ryan) in Mexico. And there are many other inaccuracies but as a Western it's quite well done. I recommend Hour of the Gun to anyone who may have missed this John Sturges classic.


Chad Eagleton said...

I never knew Garner played Earp before appearing as the legendary lawman in Blake Edward's Sunset with Bruce Willis. Makes that movie even cooler now.

David Cranmer said...

I'll be watching Sunset again for this article that I'm working on for Criminal Element. Haven't seen it since the 80's. Hope it holds after all this time.

Ron Scheer said...

I liked this film a whole lot more than I thought I would. Garner's Earp is believable, and the idea of stacking all the Earps together for side-by-side comparison is a little like doing a police line-up. It would make a great book about the western.

SUNRISE is fun, and Bruce Willis is perfect for Tom Mix.

David Cranmer said...

My article may not be that thorough, Ron. But, true, the Western is tied very close with the Earp legend. Hell, he was in Hollywood at the start to mold it with Tom Mix and William S. Hart among others.

William Morales-Rubert said...

How are you doing old friend? I hope your family is doing well. I tried to contact through your email.

"Every wall is a door"

All the best,


David Cranmer said...

Sent you an e-mail back.