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Good Premise Loses its Nerve
dougdoepke from Claremont, USA
14 December 2011
Paladin is hired by a tyrannical father (Armstrong) to save his
innocent son (Marlowe) from hanging at the state prison. But Warden
Bullock (Birch) is bent on the execution since it was his son who was
The premise poses all sorts of dramatic possibilities, but the
opportunities are mostly squandered by clumsy direction (the escape
from the gallows), an overly pat ending, and cheaper sets than usual.
What appears a gutsy screenplay challenging TV conventions of the time
(an unjust execution, a chicken-hearted chaplain), unfortunately loses
its nerve in several highly contrived scenes. Too bad that the good
dramatic set-ups weren't handled more imaginatively. Then a really
memorable entry would have resulted instead of this missed opportunity.
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