On July 4th, in the western town of Silver Lode, a surly stranger named Ned McCarty rides into town accompanied by three deputies who act like thugs and McCarty passes himself off as a U. S. marshal with a warrant for the arrest of respectable wealthy rancher Dan Ballard . It happens to be the day Ballard is marrying the richest gal in town Rose Evans. The marshal halts the wedding ceremony and says Ballard shot his brother in the back and robbed the town of some $20,000 a few years ago in Discovery, California. Ballard came to Silver Lode two years ago and build up his big spread ranch from scratch, earning the respect of the town leaders. —Ozu’s World Movie Reviews
Born in Toronto (Canada) in 1885, Allan Dwan trained as an engineer before becoming interested in the budding film industry and joining the Essanay studios as a script writer in 1909. He quickly and easily moved into film making and proved to be a true innovator, particularly in the technical field. He directed such stars as Mary Pickford and Gloria Swanson and became the preferred director of Douglas Fairbanks, with whom he made 11 movies, including the famous Robin Hood (1922).
He continued his prolific career in the talkies, although too often confined to making B movies. During his 50 year career, he made more than 400 movies, the latest being in 1961 at the age of 76. He died in Los Angeles in 1981 at the age of 96. —Octuor de France
When you'll through with John Ford, Anthony Mann, Raoul Walsh and Howard Hawks, skip then to Allan Dwan, the man who directed more than 400 movies in his professional career (1911-1961). In this RKO production, John Payne, Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea will make you forget your favourite western stars. Enjoy these smart travellings shots, Lizabeth Scott between two film noir and Dan Duryea who manages to commit suicide in a pre-Vertigo scene. Simply amazing. Masterpiece.
Veteran director Dwan's terrific little western plays out in real time and would make a fascinating double bill with High Noon. A rather bland Payne in the lead role faces a race against time to prove his innocence when his wedding is interrupted by a posse led by a duplicitous Duryea, one of the great western villains. The film was made at the height of McCarthyism and is a scathing attack on the era's witch-hunts..
Finding Ozu in a 1954 Western shot by the great John Alton.
The films of director Allan Dwan—whose career was one of the longest and most fruitful in Hollywood history, ranging from 1911 to 1961—have