End of the Trail: James Stewart in Anthony Mann’s THE MAN FROM LARAMIE (Columbia 1955)


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I’ve covered several of the  Anthony Mann/James Stewart Western collaborations here. Their final sagebrush outing together THE MAN FROM LARAMIE was shot in Cinemascope and gorgeous Technicolor, features a bunch of solid character actors, has beautiful New Mexico scenery… yet felt like a letdown to me. Maybe it’s because Mann and Stewart set the bar so high in their previous Westerns, but THE MAN FROM LARAMIE is an anti-climactic climax to the director/star duo’s pairings.

Stewart’s good as always, playing bitter Will Lockhart, whose brother was killed by Apaches and whose mission is to find out who’s selling the guns to them. But the film came off flat, feeling like just another routine Western – good, but not in the same category as WINCHESTER ’73 or BEND OF THE RIVER. Those Mann film noir touches are nowhere to be found, replaced by (dare I say it!)… soap opera elements!

Cathy…

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3 responses to “End of the Trail: James Stewart in Anthony Mann’s THE MAN FROM LARAMIE (Columbia 1955)

  1. You may be right but it was one of the movies my Grandmother took me to see as a boy when I was sent to stay with her for the summer. ‘Earth Vs The Flying Saucers’ was another. She knew what little boys wanted to see. As a result the movie always holds a special place in my memory.

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    • It’s still a good Western, I just didn’t think it was top-shelf Stewart and Mann. Hold on to those memories, though, they’re what make movies worth watching! (BTW I did a piece on “Earth vs The Flying Saucers” a few years back. It’s in the archives, so feel free to browse around- and thanks for reading!)

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