Classic Western Round-Up, Vol. 2 (The Texans / California / The Cimarron Kid / The Man from the Alamo)
The Texans: (1938, B&W, 1 hr. 33 min.)This is almost a precurser tp The Undefeated w/ John Wayne and Rock Hudson. Randolph Scott, a rag-tag Confederate soldier, befriends a woman determined to continue the war w/ Maximillian of Mexico and leads aherd of cattle to the railroad. The conflict between Scott who is tired of fighting and the woman who wishes to continue erupts partly because of their mutual attraction. The viewer receives a fairly accurate beginning of Texas as a state of the union interwoven within the story.
California: (1946, colour 1 hr. 38 min) Ray Milland, an army deserter, and Barbara Stanwick, a dance-hall girl run out of town, head for California w/ a wagon train of farmers before it was a state. During the 1848 (history lesson enclosed in story)
migration Stanwick and Milland spark to flame throughout the movie. Their conflict from his desire for her and his contempt for her profession and her desire to make him treat her with respect erupts in California as they end up on different sides of the political unheaval for statehood. Terrif performance by Stanwick as usual.
The Cimarron Kid, Audie Murphy, is caught between his friendship with the sherrif and his reputation as a fast gun and his record from time in jail. He joins with the Daltons, not out of choice, and soon becomes an outlaw leading a gang of bank/train robbers. Inside he's conflicted with his desire to go straight and society's impression of him.
The Man from the Alamo: (1953, colour, 1 hr, 20 min). Not Glen Ford's best movie but memorable enough that iremember it from the drive-in. During the war if Independence, a group of men draw straws to see who will leave the Alamo to save their families. Ford is unlucky and loses his opportunity to be a hero; he's branded a coward by almost all and sets out to clear his name. A young lady believes in him and encourages him to tell his truth. Ford is deeply conflicted internally having left the Alamo and with a society who spurns him on sight.
Yes, there are the usual bar room brawls, beautiful dancehall girls, gunfights and war against the Mexicans, and political intrigue to make each story a true western classic.