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The fun of this film is telling the story from three different viewpoints -- each version diametrically opposed to the others -- what is the truth? probably a mixture of all of them -- it's a fun film with DeCarlo in fine form and the feuding brothers fighting it out for her affections is half the fun.
Other than THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, I do not know of another
Western that as accurately captures the true nature of the West - and
the men and women who settled it. The plot is that of a romantic
comedy, but the characters are wonderfully written and acted - far
better than in most 'serious' films.
The two brothers battling each other for the affection of one women is both funny - and dramatically believable. And the telling of the story from three different points of view is superbly done.
In my opinion, this is one of the most under-rated films ever made in Hollywood.
Don't miss it!
Wonderful Yvonne De Carlo! This story of two cousins,vying with each
others for a valuable property ,waiting for the ancestor's death (but
it seems he is not about to kick the bucket) is a comedy where nobody
seems to take things seriously ;there's a very long fight between the
two heirs towards the end and Yvonne's choice does not seem to be the
wisest,if we consider the very last picture of the movie.
But it does not matter;the only thing that matters is miss De Carlo:when she appears ,we only have eyes for her;her two songs are a true delight (the second one is witty,funny and infectious);generally I do not go much for those saloon ballads but those are the highlights of the movie.
The story is told by three old "witnesses";thus the arrival of the lady is filmed three times,each one giving his own version of the facts.
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A clever framing device (flashbacks telling the story from the perspectives of three different characters, who however do not contradict but complete each other - each account gives one more piece of the puzzle) leads to some unusual moments: did you expect to see a helicopter in an Yvonne De Carlo Western?! And Yvonne herself has a role that suits her just fine, as it taps into her comedic side, and gives her two fun songs (in which she parodies "operatic" singing). The problem is with the story itself: it's really quite tiresome and repetitive (we get it, the two cousins don't like each other; now what?). And after a point you realize that this is a clear-cut comedy, and nobody is going to get (seriously) hurt anyway. ** out of 4.
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