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October 18, 2009


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Tom Russell

This all sounds rather fantastic, actually, and so I'm going to be seeking it out this week. The "mini-narrative" structure is something that especially appeals to me.

The Siren

What a GREAT idea for a post series. I saw this one as a girl and whatever was special about it passed me right on by, although I remember liking it, as I tended to like Westerns.


Great just what I needed two more movies to add to my list. The Siren is correct. This is a great idea for a series, and I can't wait to read Farber on Film.

Jake B.

I've been championing this film since I first saw it last Winter. I had no idea Manny was a fan as well. Thank you so much for writing about it! If you haven't already, check out another Western double feature from VCI that contains The Silver Star and The Lonesome Trail. Two under appreciated classics...


I found Farber's complete list pf his favorite 1951 films, in his own words, here:http://notesoncinematograph.blogspot.com/2009/08/manny-farber-picks-top-1951-films.html

Glenn Kenny

Yes, the Iranian film enthusiast Ehsan Khoshbakht has been transcribing various Farber articles on his own blog since last August. In his most recent offering, he says of "Farber onf Film," "Now that the book has been appeared it doesn’t seem necessary to continue posting his writings."

My project here is slightly different, ARP. In any event, I will be citing Farber's thoughts before including my own.

Michael Adams

Warren went on to be producer of Gunsmoke and Rawhide. As such he can be seen as indirectly responsible for the auteur that is Eastwood.


Been meaning to track this down, along with the other 1951 titles Farber cited, since coming across his list somewhere a few years ago. Little Big Horn was Warren's directorial debut; his second film, Hellgate, is well worth seeking out. It stars Sterling Hayden as a veterinarian unfairly sentenced to a desert prison run by Ward Bond. Warren's style may be more efficient than artful, but Hellgate is one of the more effectively edgy and dark Westerns of its time, with elements that anticipate Le Trou and Cool Hand Luke. I'd never heard of it until I stumbled upon an airing on Encore's Western Channel, which frequently shows other Warren titles such as Trooper Hook and The Black Whip (neither of which I've seen).

D Cairns

Good luck when you get to Background to Danger. This is a Raoul Walsh spy yarn set in Turkey and starring George Raft, but Manny goes on to talk about postal detectives in Gary Indiana starring Jan Sterling. I guess the film he saw must be Appointment with Danger which features Sterling and was made the same year. But maybe you ought to watch both, to be safe?


Farber also lists a few also-rans, including something called Against the Gun. If that's the actual title, it's thwarting both imdb and Google at the moment.


A little more careful Googling reveals that Farber probably meant Ted Tetzlaff's UNDER THE GUN, not Against the Gun. It's a noir set on a prison farm, and it stars Richard Conte, Audrey Totter, Sam Jaffe and John McIntire. Sounds awesome. I loved Tetzlaff's Riffraff and quite enjoyed The Window, The White Tower and Terror on a Train (aka Time Bomb), but this one doesn't seem to be available.

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