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The McCandles ranch is run over by a gang of cutthroats led by the evil John Fain. They kidnap little Jacob McCandles and hold him for a million dollar ransom. There is only one man who is brave enough and smart enough to bring him back and that man is Big Jake. Written by
Christopher D. Ryan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When Burt Ryan (portrayed by John Agar), the ranch foreman, tells Martha that he is 42 years old, and he'd fought in the Lincoln County War, there are several mixed messages within that statement. First, a fictionalized version of the Lincoln County War was the subject of Chisum (1970), also starring John Wayne, and John Agar also appeared in that film, in the role of Amos Patton. Second, the Lincoln County War took place primarily in 1878, which was 31 years prior to the fictionalized events taking place in the 1909 of Big Jake (1971), which meant that Burt Ryan was 11 years old when the Lincoln County War was fought, and it would have been a stretch for an 11 year old to have fought in that conflict. Third, the McCandles Ranch was based on the King Ranch, which still exists, but which is over 740 miles from Lincoln, New Mexico, and not likely to be described, as Burt describes it, as someplace close by. In 1909 it was difficult to travel easily over such a distance, making that comparison unlikely, unless, of course, some of the same actors and producers made a film about Lincoln County and its War just one year before. See more »
When Jake is getting ready to leave Martha to go after the boy, he grabs the rope to his pack Mule and wraps it around his saddle horn. When the camera angle changes he grabs the rope again and wraps it around his saddle horn. Apparently the same shot shown from two different angles. See more »
First I have to say that I am a huge JW fan. In this film JW is his classic Kick A** self. There is some sentimental stuff in here, about the old man's relationship with his grown sons. Basically it is good old John Wayne Action. When the bad guys get the drop on him, all you can think is "Big mistake" This film is set in the early 1900s. There is an interesting parallel between the passing of the baton from one generation to the next (Jake and his grown sons) and the passing of technology. We see new fangled weapons and a motor car. (Naturally Jake rejects these)
Finally: You got to love the idea of Big Jake owning a dog named ..... DOG.
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