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This was the first of three "home movies" included in the bonus
features on the special edition DVD release of "The Missing" (2003).
Each of the short films is western-themed, to tie-in with director Ron
Howard's "first" western feature. They are certainly not the only
home-movies Mr. Howard made, although currently presented as such. The
year of production is given as 1969. At that time, Howard had finished
"The Andy Griffith Show" a teenager and accepted stints on westerns
like "Gunsmoke", while younger brother Clint Howard was the new TV kid
in the family in the shorter-lived "Gentle Ben" co-starring their dad,
"Deed of Daring-Do" is a silent short starring young brother Clint. He wanders onto a "western" studio backlot and imagines himself in a cowboy movie. The fantasy swings when Ronny's girlfriend Cheryl Alley appears, dressed in western attire. Cheryl gives Clint a comely wink, which invites an appearance from a dastardly rival, played by father Rance. After the inevitable shoot-out, it appears Clint has won the girl, or has he This is a competent effort, with Ronny's access to resources obviously coming in handy. According to the young filmmaker, "Deed of Daring-Do" won the Howard brothers $100 in a Kodak-sponsored contest.
***** Deed of Daring-Do (1969) Ron Howard ~ Clint Howard, Rance Howard, Cheryl Alley
It's a very short (less than three minutes!) and silent movie about a
little boy that is in an old far-west town and dreams for a few moments
that he's a cowboy himself. And that's all because of a beautiful lady
It's a color film but because of the silence and the type of cinematography it made me remind the silent movies of the early 20's.
The setting/scenario is very simple (it even has an amateur touch, like all movie anyway ) but it has all the elements which characterize an old west town: the saloon, carts, dusty roads
Well, there isn't too much to say about it because it has just three minutes!
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