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|GUNS OF DIABLO (director: Boris Sagal; screenwriters: Berne Giler/from the novel The Travels of Jamie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor; cinematographer: John M. Nickolaus Jr.; editor: Harry Coswick; music: Leigh Harline; cast: Charles Bronson (Linc Murdock), Susan Oliver (Maria Macklin), Kurt Russell (Jamie McPheeters), Jan Merlin (Rance Macklin), John Fieldler (Ives), Douglas Fowley (Mr. Knudsen); Runtime: 79; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Boris Ingster; MGM; 1964)|
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Second-rate made for TV western, but it's in Technicolor
and has good production values. It's based on two episodes of the TV
show The Travels of Jamie McPheeters, that are edited together. Writer Berne
Giler bases it on the novel by Robert Lewis Taylor. Long-time
TV director Boris Sagal ("Girl Happy") can't do much with this listless western
except keep it genial. Serves
best as a time killer for those who will see almost any western on the
Western channel of Encore.
Linc Murdock (Charles
Bronson) is the gunslinger wagon
train guide, leading them westward, who rides into a dusty town in the
Old West (I think the town is called Diablo!) with the orphaned
14-year-old Jamie McPheeters
(Kurt Russell) and visits old
flame Maria (Susan Oliver) for
some creature comforts. Trouble
is that Maria is now married to corrupt one-armed lawman and town boss,
Rance Macklin (Jan
Merlin), Linc's old nemesis. Guess how Rance lost his arm! The
bitterness between the two old rivals leads to an ambush and shootout.
At least the action in the climax is better than the trite dialogue,
the long pace-killing padded flashback and uninteresting plot.
REVIEWED ON 7/6/2010 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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