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Edward G. Robinson
In spite of the more-than-pedestrian B-title, this minor-A western from Universal is more of a character study of three people than it is a run-of-the-mill western. It has only a couple of gunshots and no killings and no blood-letting, and is ideally suited for the laconic, take-it-easy and laid-back nature of the always-great Joel McCrea as Del "Rock" Rockwell. Here, he is a man wise to the nature of women and horses, attemptiing to establish a homestead with the aid of his adopted-son Til (Race Gentry). They join neighboring rancher Alida Spain (Mari Blanchard) in her quest to capture a wild black stallion (Outlaw). Rockwell taunts her while the 20-year-old Til falls in love with her and she, of course, is falling in love with Rockwell. Neighboring rancher Jennings (Murvyn Vye) brings some conflict to the proceedings but nothing that Rockwell can't handle without the use of guns. Written by
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When both Rockwell and Aldis work with Black Horse, it is always rearing up. But they are clearly making a gesture that the horse is trained to rear up to. They always raise their arms just a second before he rears up, clearly controlling the horse with their gesture. The gesture is made to look like a defensive response to the horse rearing (like they are shielding themselves from the horse's hooves or something), but the gesture clearly happens before the horse rears, not after. See more »
Excellent western in Technicolor! It's about a wild black stallion that Mari Blanchard wants for stock rearing purposes. Joel McCrea and Race Gentry as her neighbors set about to help her capture the horse. Another neighbor, Murvyn Vye,also wants the horse for his own purposes. As things proceed, both McCrea & Gentry fall in love with Blanchard. There are no shootouts only some fighting. The scenery is incredible. I've always liked McCrea--especially in the westerns that he did. He was an excellent horseman in real life. Another interesting aspect of this film was the close relationship between McCre and Gentry. McCrea had raised Gentry after the death of his parents &they have a very close and neat relationship.
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