Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die

1942

Action / Adventure / Western

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IMDb Rating 6 10 102

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Cast

Edgar Buchanan as Curly Bill Brocious
Thurl Ravenscroft as Quartet Member
Frances Gifford as Ruth Grant
Victor Jory as Ike Clanton
720p.WEB
731.89 MB
1280*932
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 19 min
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Reviewed by frankfob 7 / 10

Slam-bang western

This is an unheralded little gem of a western. Full of rock-solid actors, but no big stars (Richard Dix, the biggest name in the cast, was beginning to settle into character parts after a long career as a leading man), this tight little western moves like lightning. Director William McGann made his name as an action specialist and second-unit director at Warner Bros. (it definitely has the Warner Bros. "look" to it, even though it's from Paramount), and he proved here that he was more than capable of handling a bigger-budget western. Tightly paced, full of rousing action and good performances, it deserves to be better known than it is.

Reviewed by AlsExGal 5 / 10

What a goofy script!

This film would probably have made a great two or three stories. In fact, if you chopped the movie into three stories, they would have made great 30 minute western TV episodes. But this is the early 40s and years before TV.

The film reeled me in with the promise of Richard Dix as Wyatt Earp in yet another tale based on the Tombstone Legend. Yes, not all of the Earp brothers who were in Tombstone are in the film and Doc Holliday is completely healthy, but then none of the filmed versions of this western tale have ever been totally accurate.

What is bothersome is how the much the script just changes course using hackneyed themes. The film starts out with what seems to be a head villain, Curly Bill Brocious (Edgar Buchanan) menacing the town and Wyatt accepting the job of sheriff to rein him in. Bill has a kind of "headquarters" out of town and is discussing how to get rid of Wyatt when in walks a completely fictitious character, Johnny Duane, who is looking for a job and doesn't care if he works for Mr. Evil (Bill) or not. His job is to get close to Wyatt, and work for him if he can, and ultimately kill him. So then bad guy Bill totally disappears and this becomes all about Johnny Duane and how conflicted he is over good versus evil, Wyatt versus Bill. Then it segueys into a romantic conflict when Wyatt sends for Johnny's girl and they break up after a heated argument. Next thing you know Johnny's girl is working as a saloon girl??? In 21st century terms that would be the equivalent of a CPA breaking up with her boyfriend and deciding the way to get even is to change careers and start slithering around a pole unclothed in a seedy nightclub. What the???

So in come the Clantons and the McClowerys, the historic shootout at the OK Corral, and yet Ike Clanton (Victor Jory), who is portrayed as a cowardly little weasel (my apologies to weasels everywhere, they make great pets), is just told to get out of town after shooting at law enforcement???? In probably the strangest development in the entire film - and there is lots of competition - Wyatt is simultaneously indicted for murder in the OK Corral shootout AND named a US Marshall. How this is resolved is never explained.

Then there is Doc Holliday apparently shot to death by a cowardly assassin in a pool hall, and then bad Bill Brocious - back from a vacation? - reappears for the big finale, which I have to admit was cleverly done and not just your generic shootout. However the still gray and double-minded Johnny Duane is still hanging around Wyatt, who says that Bill was one villain that he respected???Huh???

Totally weird western that is one part Bill Brocious versus Wyatt, one part Johnny Duane versus himself, one part western romance, and one part the traditional shootout at the OK Corral story. The writer definitely should be run out of town. Actually, the writer was Charles Reisner, a director of early talking comedies at MGM that were not half bad. The western genre, or maybe writing, is definitely not up his alley.

Kudos to Edgar Buchanan as bad Bill. I'm used to seeing him as sedentary Uncle Joe on Petticoat Junction and I never knew he could move so much. This film appeared on the Starz Western channel, obviously restored. I can't believe with so many first rate Paramounts in their library, Universal would choose this one to clean up for modern audiences.

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 7 / 10

"Tough" is right!

SYNOPSIS: Two prospectors, Tadpole (Clem Bevans) and Ed Schieffelin (Wallis Clark), discover silver in the Arizona hills and they name the spot "Tombstone". Years later, they establish the Schieffelin and Foster Mining Properties and with this as a centre, the two rich partners create a town which soon grows big enough to sport "The Epitaph", a newspaper. The editor of the paper writes editorials to chide "the Mayor and his phoney peace officers", because Curly Bill (Edgar Buchanan) and his circle of outlaws really run the town.

Things become so tough in the town that Wyatt Earp (Richard Dix), one of three brothers from the Southwest, is pressed into service as Sheriff.

NOTES: Locations at Long Valley in the High Sierras, and Lone Pine in the Alabama Hills.

COMMENT: Here's Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and all our other friends of the O.K. Corral, this time directed by Bill McGann. Although it doesn't quite achieve the epic stature it's obviously aiming for, and suffers by comparison with the other versions, particularly My Darling Clementine and Frontier Marshal, it's still a fascinating, suspenseful, action-packed piece of entertainment.

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