The Naked Spur ()

directed by Anthony Mann
featuring James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell

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The powerhouse combination of star James Stewart and director Anthony Mann score another cinematic bullseye in The Naked Spur. Stewart plays a taciturn frontiersman who loses his home while he's off fighting the Civil War. To raise enough money for a new grubstake, Stewart becomes a bounty hunter in Colorado territory. His first quarry is fugitive, killer Robert Ryan. Stewart's efforts to bring in Ryan and collect the reward are compromised by the presence of Ryan's loyal girl friend Janet Leigh and Stewart's two ...

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JohnCarpenter

Jul 9, 2009

Classic Western

James Stewart re-invented himself in series of westerns directed by Anthony Mann during the 1950s. Gone was the "aw shucks" characters of previous films.
His roles displayed a man who was driven by the past and who was obsessed and aggressive to "set things right".
Filmed on location in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado the film is a very pared down western with only five characters within the story.
Mann utilises the landscape throughout the story as Stewart's character must dodge rock slides, overcome a bluff while pursuing Ryan's character for a $5,000 reward.

Classic western stuff. The forerunner to the Eastwood / Leone movies and revisionist westerns of the 1960s.

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