Deciding to hold a week of solely viewing Western movies,I began to suspect that I would have to take a small break from my viewing of Russ Meyer's films.Taking a look at the next Meyer title to view after his delightful Looney Tunes riffing Eve and the Handyman,I was surprised to discover that Meyer had directed a Western!,which led to me quickly getting ready to pay a visit to Russ Meyer's Wild West.
Waiting in line for the 23 hour saloon to open up,Bob decides to pass the time in an otherwise isolated ghost town,by offering his pack of cigarette's to a fellow customer waiting in line,in exchange for stories about the town.
Starting off any giving a tiny amount of details about the former residents,the man who Bob gave the cigarette's to soon begins going at full flow,with telling him about how an outlaw changed the place from a raunchy hustle & bustle location,into a complete ghost town.
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For his first ever genre outing,and also the first time that a character has been allowed to speak, (his previous two films relied on a narration) co-producer/editor/cinematography/supporting actor and director Russ Meyer, (who for the first time is not credited with being the writer,with the writer instead being Jack Moran) shows an unexpected amount of nervousness,with the flourish that he shows in his progression as a director, (such as doing a long first person shot) being ruined by him going back to the dull plodding style that he displayed in his debut.
Whilst Meyer does include a number of stunning women and also a number of terrific wacky Western related gags,such as two cowboys holding a shootout every hour due to constantly missing their shots,he disappointingly runs out of steam during this hour long film at a about the 30 minute mark,which leads to a number of the jokes that originally seemed funny being repeated over and over again,which leads to this paternally flirtatious Western,instead feeling like a pair of rough old leather boots.
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