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Nobody Had That Chiseled Face Quite Like Jack Palance!
ccthemovieman-1 from United States
6 May 2010
Few people ever played the villain while looking totally evil like Jack
Palance. He had that chiseled lean face than exuded nastiness when he
wanted it. Heck, even dogs went running at the sight of one glare from
Palance (see "Shane"). We see that look early on in this episode as
Palance plays "Dan Morgan," a handy guy with the lariat.
One day, Morgan is bullying some poor guy in a bar and after he throws
his lariat around the guy, the latter falls and dies. That's the
opening scene. After the usual informative introduction by host Dick
Powell, who tells us that the lariat was almost as important to the
cowboy as his horse, the story resumes and we find out Morgan was given
five years in jail for his actions.
Yes, it was an accidental killing but he had been warned about his
behavior, so he got five years "in a stinkin' little cell," as he
bitterly put it. When he's out, he comes looking for the judge, with
revenge on his mind.
Without giving too much else away, that mean guy with the lariat starts
to change his tune when he sees the judge's daughter. Hmmmm.....maybe I
ought take the judge up on his offer, he thinks.
Complications arise from that relationship, or non-relationship (it's
hard to tell, as we find out) and from the rest of the family's look at
developments. This turns out to be a little melodramatic in several
spots but with Palance and company you can usually expect an edgy type
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