This film had a plot and interesting enough characters to make it watchable. Cooper and Julie London give pretty good performances but there is just too much cheesy dialogue and badly choreographed fight scenes to make this film any more than average. The dialogue during the major fight scene sounded like two grade school kids.
"Man Of The West"is a dark western.However,it starts off with a country bumpkin like Cooper,ill at ease with the"modern world".Once he leaves the train,he changes and the film steps back in to the past.On reaching a desolate farm house,a gun comes out of the darkness,followed by"ghosts"from his time as an outlaw.Here is the chance of redemption,for his past deeds.A chance he must take,in the ghost town of Lassoo.
Crepuscular movie which foreshadows the European spaghetti westerns. Cooper, London, O'Connell and Cobb all feel that they don't longer belong to their time. They have become caricatures: the old cowboy with a past, the cheating card player, the senile outlaw and the singer with a heart. They're already part of history. Masterpiece.
A man tries to go straight and gets dumped off a train back where he came from. His act of being his old violent self soon becomes just more violent acts, returning him to what he hates in order to win back the freedom (and money) that could allow him to be someone new. God only knows when he'll be back after the film ends.
Godard Says: "I spoke earlier of vegetal beauty. Gary Cooper's amorphous face belongs to the mineral kingdom: thus proving that Anthony Mann is returning to the basic truths." I'm not sure any of that is true, but this is certainly a highlight of Mann's career, and of the Western in general.