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Glenn Ford is a living legend who seemed born to the saddle. On display
in this film (once again) is his strong, yet amiable cowboy screen
persona. Rhonda Fleming is well cast here and the storyline is
interesting but not overly complicated. Pacing and script development
are well done.
While this is not Ford's best western, it does show why he was so successful in the saddle. He presents a strong presence in the film, without taking himself too seriously.
It was great to see Alan Reed as the Condererate Colonel. ( Reed was the longtime voice of Fred Flintstone !!)
Gosh. I don't have the energy to chart the history of the western. But
this fits into an interesting pocket. Many westerns including ones
celebrated at the time seem mighty dreary to me. But this one moves
It is basically a chase, a sort of detective story. It features a cowboy in noir mode with the redheaded saloon gal in her noir role, superimposed on her western role.
Nearly everyone we see is pretending to be something they are not and several key reversals happen. Of course our noir everyman, played by Ford, is pure and open. Dogs and little girls sense this.
It is in black and white, shot in Utah following the pattern. It has Indians, renegade soldiers, a stupid sheriff, a big finale complete with jumping into a runaway wagon. Until then, we have noir, but it switches to a western ending. Honest cowpoke, gets feisty redhead.
Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
In The Redhead And The Cowboy Glenn Ford plays his usual amiable
cowpoke who gets himself innocently caught up in a deadly Civil War
espionage game. It all starts when he gets himself involved doing a
little celebrating with saloon girl Rhonda Fleming who was certainly
Paramount's favorite redhead back in the day.
In this film however Fleming is a Confederate spy and while she's entertaining Ford as part of her cover one of her fellow spies shows up with a knife in his back and a few last words about a message to be delivered. Sheriff Morris Ankrum is about to arrest Ford for a murder because Fleming fled the scene delivering whatever message she has to.
Along the way these two pick up Edmond O'Brien who is clearly not the cattle buyer he says he is. But just who is he working for?
This Paramout film moves nicely along and it has it's noir type aspects as poor Ford is trying to figure who is playing on what team. All three of the stars are out played in this film however by Alan Reed who is Quantrill type guerrilla leader Lamartine. Reed until he became the voice of Fred Flintstone probably has his best visible role with Lamartine. He gets a chance to play it broadly and expansively and even chew a bit of scenery and the diet is good.
Fans of the stars will like The Redhead And The Cowboy and everyone will just love Alan Reed in his role.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Alan Reed was a popular character actor before he became the voice
actor for Fred Flintstone in the early 1960s. However, rarely were his
parts that big. In this case, however, he has a big part--playing a
nasty heavy. And, because his voice is so similar to Fred's, it comes
off almost like Flintstone himself is the baddie--a very surreal
experience, indeed! The film begins in a crappy little western town
near the end of the Civil War. One guy (Glenn Ford) gets pulled,
unwillingly, into the middle of some sort of spy game. The pretty lady
(Rhonda Fleming) is a Southern spy on a mission. The new 'friend'
(Edmund O'Brien) is....well...it isn't clear WHO he's working for--and
whether or not he can be trusted. Eventually, these three meet up with
Fred Flintstone and learn that he has a VERY interesting agenda--to
make himself rich at the expense of everyone. What, exactly, does this
mean? See the film and learn for yourself.
The topic of the Civil War, particularly spies out West, is a VERY familiar topic in westerns. This one is not exactly like most of the rest--and that is a plus. It has a few twists I didn't expect--or at least enough to keep it interesting. On the negative side, aside from being a bit familiar, the film has some really bad rear projection towards the very end--with Ford and others clearly on fake horses in the studio. All in all, worth seeing but not a must-see, that's for sure.
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