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The Naked Spur (1953)

Passed  -  Thriller | Western  -  3 August 1953 (Sweden)
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A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers.

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Howard Kemp is a bounty hunter who's been after killer Ben Vandergroat for a long time. Along the way, Kemp is forced to take on a couple of partners, an old prospector named Jesse Tate and a dishonorably discharged Union soldier, Roy Anderson. When they learn that Vandergroat has a $5000 reward on his head, greed starts to take the better of them. Vandergroat takes every advantage of the situation sowing doubt between the two men at every opportunity finally convincing one of them to help him escape. Written by garykmcd

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Packed with Technicolor Thrills!

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When this film was released in Spain, its title was changed to "Colorado Jim" and the name of 'James Stewart' (I)'s character was also changed from "Howard Kemp" to "Colorado Jim", for unknown reasons. See more »

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In the cave face-off scene, after Stewart (Kemp) gives Ryan (Vandergroat) the pistol, in 5 subsequent scenes the pistol alternates from being inside his vest, to outside his vest, to inside, to outside, and finally to outside but leaning way over about to fall out of his pants. In the scene changes, Ryan supposedly didn't move except to lower his hands during the first sequence of the scene, but when the camera changed from Stewart to Ryan and back several times, each time the pistol position alternated from inside the vest to outside. See more »

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Roy Anderson: [Observing how hard it will be to get Vandergroat off the mountain] Looks like you got a real interestin' problem in logistics.
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a western with a conscience.
28 September 2002 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This western achieves something remarkable, it brings back your sensitivity. From the start of the film, any scene that shows either human beings or even an animal being shot, you feel the bitter taste of it. The bounty hunter which in so many movies was the hero, is shown here with all his indignity. It was not an easy role for James Stewart and he comes out beautifully. Janet Leigh is excellent as a tomboy. As for the scenery of the Rocky Mountains with the predominance of the green of the trees with the snowy mountains on the background, it is on the same level with everything else on this film which can be rated as one of the best westerns ever made.


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