He finds her running the dance hall portion of The Palace Hotel, her ambitious and business-minded nature apparently make her the right choice to be in charge of the female entertainers employed by the house for an almost entirely male clientele. During the search he consequently gets wrapped up in the troubles of the townsfolk who are living in constant fear of an intimidating landowner who rules the people through his rough and tumble henchmen. And as this movie shows, he has come a long way from those heavy roles in the 1940's Hopalong Cassidy movies. In Police Story 2, a group of female detectives beat up a captured criminal, threatening to kill him unless he cooperates—a moment that Chan plays for lighthearted comedy. Clint finds a reason to stick around, however, when he learns that a lot of folks in Sheridan City have had it up to here with Dade Holman. Robert Mitchum, then an up-and-coming star, plays Clint Tollinger, a drifter with a reputation for taming wild towns.
Film grain is present, as it should be, and the image appears free of any noise reduction, edge enhancement or compression artifact problems. The pallid grays of the interiors are so rich in detail you can trace the faint outlines of water stains on the walls, while the location photography is strikingly stable for such a hastily shot and cheaply produced film, with nighttime scenes boasting deep black levels. The Blu-ray: Video: Man With The Gun arrives on Blu-ray from Kino Studio Classics framed in a 1. As co-writer and director, Chan gives his character plenty of little humanizing anecdotes, and the action scenes, when they arrive, often peerlessly blend awkward portraiture with unrivaled physical precision. The casualness of this scene is more disturbing than the macho or preachy tonalities that American filmmakers have conditioned us to expect from such a moment. Meanwhile, the sequel has an unusual problem: Chan became a better conventional director in between the two productions, filming his non-action scenes with greater polish.
With allies in short supply, every bullet Clint Tollinger fires is going to have to count. When Clint Tollinger Mitchum rides into Sheridan City, the only thing he's looking for is Nelly Bain Sterling. Nicely shot with some great sets and locations and set to a really strong score from Alex North and this one is top tier entertainment, a classic western well worth revisiting. By enforcing a local ordinance that all weapons are to be turned into Marshal Sims Henry Hull , Clint Tollinger now has the power he needs to arrest, and if necessary, kill any of Holman's men who disobey his orders. Robert Mitchum is in his element here and gives his role as a lawman for hire plenty of weight while not overplaying his hand. I love beautiful black and white cinematography, especially when it's given one hell of a grand 1. But these hiccups are few and far between.
Tollinger agrees as long as he has complete control over the methods he employs and that he is temporarily deputized, as well. I will say, Toby, I look forward to your reviews when you have a chance to do one. The rest of the extras, however, are purely perfunctory: a trailer, a brief clip from a panel discussion with Haynes and Julianne Moore, and a by-the-book making-of featurette. Does anyone think this is a good idea? This is just a really solid fifties western through and through. In fact, since both Kazan and screenwriter Budd Schulberg had previously been members of the party, it was their being on the same page about the aftermath of the hearings, according to Briley, that led them to work together on and A Face in the Crowd.
My favorite moment is when Tollinger faces down Frenchy in the man's own saloon. When Clint Tollinger Mitchum rides into Sheridan City, the only thing he's looking for is Nelly Bain Sterling. Lamps and headlights blaze intensely and wash out whole swathes of the frame, while darkness melts other sections into inky and ominous voids, from which it seems anyone could be lurking and watching. Blu-ray Extras Include: Trailers for Young Billy Young, Man with the Gun and Wonderful Country. When Clint Tollinger Mitchum rides into Sheridan City, the only thing he's looking for is Nelly Bain Sterling.
A Westerns message board would solve the problem of limiting your comments to only the subject at hand. Standing before a painting by Jean Miró, Frank and Cathy grow closer together. Blacks are not especially deep but I thought that they stood out nicely when onscreen with mixed content. Mitchum looks terrific in the part, strutting about town ramrod straight and looking handsome even when embroiled in shoot-outs. His appropriately matched star is Robert Mitchum, who in his stiffer performances this certainly being one of them waddles through scenery like a hunk of meat willed partially to life. And all it took was proving himself as a man. Police Story 2 has a more luxurious color palette than Police Story, suggesting a comic book via Andy Warhol, and it has much more plot than its predecessor—far too much, in fact.
Tollinger proves to be adept at protecting himself, consisting outdrawing his adversaries and killing them even when they outnumber him. Occasional uses of slow-motion suggest orgasmic eruptions of emotion, recalling the films of Sam Peckinpah. The weakest entry of this set, it gives an abundance of ammunition to critics who see noir built out of misogyny and nothing else. Extras are skimpy featuring the same trio of trailers found on the '' Blu-ray. Most of the time you can't really detect it, but when scenes take place at night or in dimly lit areas, you can see the little white flecks quite clearly. One highlight is film historian Kristin Thompson on the use of color in , the classic Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film photographed by Jack Cardiff. Angie Dickenson's small roll as a saloon girl will be seen by sharp eyes and speaking of sharp.
As a man that has been in this spot before, Mitchum plays it like he knows all the breaks before they happen and that in effect, makes him a lethal leading man. The story is simple enough and played out in the most efficient and subsequently most thrilling way possible. Written by Very good western. The source used for this transfer was evidently in very good shape as there is only very minor and sporadic print damage visible during playback. When Clint shows up, Nelly wants nothing to do with him. There are no problems with any hiss or distortion to note and all in all, things sound just fine here. As Virginia grapples with her inner demons, as well as a memory loss that leaves her disoriented and unsure of who she can trust, The Snake Pit periodically transcends its archaic psychological trappings to become an empathic examination of a woman battling both the internal and external forces that seek to fully erase her sense of self.
In , television was used to keep women occupied and, therefore, out of trouble. And contorted faces are often captured in tight close-ups or entrapped within deep, angular shadows that loom over them like the persistent threat of the guillotine. The edition features the original trailer and bonus trailers for other Mitchum Westerns from the company, The Wonderful Country and Young Billy Young. He's a rich guy who lives out on a ranch way outside of town. Joe Barry is given the short end of the stick as the town boss Dade Holman. Final Thoughts: Man With The Gun is good stuff. Before long, the businessmen are complaining that now things are too peaceful and their businesses are suffering.