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Next to Slightly Scarlet, Silver Lode is the best of the many 1950s collaborations between producer Benedict Bogaeus and director Allan Dwan. Clearly inspired by High Noon, the story covers three hours in the lives of a group of westerners. As the townsfolk prepare for the Fourth of July celebration, stranger Dan Duryea rides into view, followed by three tough-looking hombres. Duryea claims to be as US marshal, and further claims that he has a warrant for the arrest of the town popular sheriff, John Payne. A few hours away ...

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Jun 3, 2012

Silver Lode - Forgettable Stuff

Theoretically inspired by High Noon and posing as an allegory about McCarthyism, Silver Lode is pretty dull, regardless of all that. John Payne, who wasn't usually this bad, is the tall, dark, handsome and stoic hero. If he were more talkative, there wouldn't be any story at all. Dan Duryea, the lying "marshall," isn't particularly convincing, either.
Watch High Noon one more time and skip this one.

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