high noon VS. 3:10 to yuma

A while back, I compared The Magnificent Seven to The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly but they weren’t really alike.  At least, not when compared to how similar High Noon and 3:10 to Yuma (1957 version, of course) are.  I love both these movies, I think they’re both great westerns (two of the greatest ever made), and today I’ll be comparing and contrasting different elements of both films.  Let’s have fun with this, shall we?

-Story-

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High Noon: On the day of his wedding, Marshall Will Kane receives news that Frank Miller, a man he sent to prison, has been released and is coming to take his revenge on Kane.  Kane elects to stick around and wait for Miller.  One by one, the townspeople desert him (including his wife) and he must face Miller alone.

3:10 to Yuma: Dan Evans, a rancher whose cattle are dying from a long drought, witnesses a stagecoach robbery and murder carried out by notorious outlaw, Ben Wade, and his gang.  Through a series of unfortunate events, Dan ends up with the job of getting Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma, having been deserted by almost everyone else.

-Characters-

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High Noon: Will Kane is a reluctant hero (played with quiet, tired desperation by Gary Cooper) and almost the only truly likable character in the entire film (Helen Ramírez could be another).  The townspeople, almost to a man, are cowardly and fearful.  Harvey is weak.  There aren’t a whole lot of great characters in High Noon, truth be told, but they are real.

3:10 to Yuma: Dan Evans is another reluctant hero, a family man who would only risk his life to such an extent because he needs the money to keep his ranch running/provide for his family. (Well, at first it’s about the money, but later on it’s much more complicated.)  While lots of people run out on Dan in the end, his wife and Alex Potter (the town drunk) stick with him and are good, solid people.  Emmy (played by the intriguing Felicia Farr) is an interesting character as well.

-Villains-

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Because, yes, the villains in both films need their own category.

High Noon: Lee Van Cleef!  The ultimate western bad guy after playing, y’know, The Bad.  Mostly, he just slinks around and doesn’t say much of anything, but…still cool. (Just like in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.)  Frank Miller is sort of bland for all his big reputation – Colby (Van Cleef’s character) and Ben Miller steal the the show for me. (Mainly because Ben is, um, kind of cute.  Sheb Wooley, the guy who plays him, is credited – according to Wikipedia – for originating the Wilhelm Scream.)

3:10 to Yuma: Okayyyyy.  Ben Wade is hands-down my favorite part of this movie (and that was before I started seriously crushing on Glenn Ford).  I’ve always had a certain weakness for great villains, but Wade is the first one I’ve actually liked.  He’s cool and calm and smart.  And charming, to boot.  Plus, he makes some great choices in the end that go to show that he’s not a lost cause where decency is concerned.  As for the rest of his gang…they’re all pretty faceless, except for Richard Jaeckel, who makes a chilling right hand man.

-Music-

High Noon: The theme song is just…wow.  Melancholy, beautiful, even a little heartbreaking.  I love it.  And I love how it’s repeated so often, either in the soundtrack, on the piano in the saloon, or bits of the song proper here and there throughout the film.

3:10 to Yuma: You know, as I started writing this blog post, I was listening to soundtrack suites for both these movies, and the first one I listened to was High Noon.  And I was like “I love this theme song!  Definitely more than 3:10 to Yuma.”  And THEN I listened to 3:10 and it’s so achingly bittersweet and soulful and I really can’t decide.  All I know is that when it starts playing at the end, I get a big lump in my throat.  I like how it’s riffed on in the score and especially how Glenn Ford whistles it off and on a lot.

-Ending-

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SPOILERS.  Like, maaaajor spoilers.

High Noon: Kane faces down Frank Miller and his men.  Amy joins him at the eleventh hour and, together, they defeat The Bad Guys.  Once the danger has passed, the townspeople emerge from their houses, Kane throws his tin star in the dust, and he and Amy drive off.  It’s a powerful, albeit bitter ending, brightened only by the hope that Will and Amy will finally be able to live in peace.

3:10 to Yuma: Evans and Wade end up facing down Prince and the gang together, with Wade eventually choosing to save Evans’ life over escaping.  They jump onto the train together as it pulls out of the station, and Evans shoots Prince, who was running after the train/shooting at them.  As the train passes a waiting Alice and she spots her husband, rain begins to fall and the theme song plays.  It’s rather awesome and emotional and such a relief after the hour or so of nail-biting tension.  Plus, Glenn Ford’s dimples are adorable.

-Overall-

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Sooooo…which film is my favorite?  I don’t know.  I think that High Noon is the better film, that it works together as more of a cohesive whole and all that, but it’s not my favorite of the two.  And I don’t know if 3:10 is my favorite either.  They’re not just excellent westerns, they’re excellent movies in general.  I think High Noon’s story is stronger, but I like the characters in 3:10 to Yuma better.  It’s a toss-up, it really is.

But fine.  If you twisted my arm…

High Noon.  But only by the tiniest fraction.

Have you seen one or both of these films?  Which is your favorite?

Eva

mini movie reviews {#1}

And when I say mini, I mean mini.

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Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951) – Mehhhhhhh.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) – The book transitioned onto the screen so brilliantly, it’s incredible (so is the casting).

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – SUCH a classic; Jimmy Stewart is perfect and so are all the kid actors.

Lifeboat (1944) – The Lady Vanishes has some serious competition for the title of ‘favorite Hitchcock movie ever’.

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Arizona (1940) – Jean Arthur still annoys me, but the story is actually pretty interesting.

Laura (1944)  – Elegant, glamorous, sophisticated, mysterious…am I describing the titular character or the film itself?

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The Violent Men (1955) – #obsessedwithGlennFord

3:10 to Yuma (1957) – #obsessedwithBenWade

Blackboard Jungle (1955) – #obsessedwithRichardDadierandSidneyPoitier

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) – I’ve seen this three times.  Great noir.

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The Birds (1963) – Rod Taylor actually grew on me this time around and I enjoy the small town setting.

Frankenstein (1931) – Boris Karloff was a lovely person, and I mean that un-sarcastically.

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What movies have you seen lately?

Eva

william holden in “the devil’s brigade”

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I’m writing this post as part of the 2nd Golden Boy Blogathon – A William Holden Celebration.  Since duplicates weren’t allowed, I wasn’t able to write about Holden’s portrayal of Sefton in Stalag 17 (his best role of all time, I do believe).  I wasn’t able to write about just how much I love and adore him in The Horse Soldiers as the brave, kind, and caring Major Kendall.  I wasn’t able to write about how wonderful he and Audrey Hepburn were together in Sabrina and Paris When it Sizzles. 

So, I decided to go with The Devil’s Brigade, ’cause that’s a pretty great movie on its own even though I didn’t think there was much to write about William Holden’s character, Colonel Frederick.  I mean, he’s the one who gets the First Special Service Force together, but I’d say that the film focuses more on the members of the Force in general than their commander.  However, going into this film determined to watch Colonel Frederick opened my eyes to just how much he does.  He’s the glue that holds the force together.  He’s never been in combat before the film starts, but despite that, is always at the very front of the fight, first when the Force captures a German-held town (losing no men and taking all the Germans prisoner) and then when they take Monte la Difensa.  He’s the one who fights for the Force to stay together when it’s in danger of being disbanded.

And the Force loves him in return.  My favorite scene in the whole movie is Colonel Frederick’s birthday party.  It’s such a great little moment of happiness and joy and celebration and camaraderie in the middle of the difficult, near impossible missions the Force undertakes.  But William Holden’s incredible acting comes through the most in the heartbreaking bits.  Like when the Colonel goes around to several of his men as they’re prepping to take the mountain and basically he’s saying goodbye because he knows that most of them won’t make it out – and he probably won’t make it out either.  Or when that Canadian officer gets shot and killed (I hate that I can’t remember his name) and Colonel Frederick just hands the radio receiver to his aide because he’s sick and tired of it all.  The Colonel’s grief comes through to you in a very real way because Holden always totally inhabits his roles, making you believe, for just that moment, he’s really the character he’s playing and not actually William Holden.

Overall, The Devil’s Brigade is a great war film and William Holden does a super job portraying Colonel Frederick (who was actually a real guy and the only American serviceman to receive eight Purple Hearts in WWII – I just looked it up on Wikipedia).  Plus, his character is friends with Dana Andrews’ character, which is simply splendid for screenshots. 🙂

Though neither of them look very friendly or happy right here.

Have you ever seen The Devil’s Brigade?  What did you think of it?  And what did you think of William Holden as Colonel Frederick?

Eva

liebster award!

Hamlette tagged me with the Liebster award (thank you, Hamlette!), so here it is.

Eleven (hopefully not boring) facts about myself:

  1. My favorite flavor is lemon.
  2. I adore the Oxford comma.
  3. My new favorite actor is Glenn Ford.
  4. I share a birthday with Alan Ladd.
  5. My favorite comic strip is Calvin & Hobbes.
  6. I’m of Germanic + British + American descent.
  7. My middle name is Ruth.
  8. I currently own Lego minifigures of Mr. Incredible, Bucky, and Wyldestyle. (Wyldstyle id a key-chain minifig.)
  9. I named the horse + rider token in my family’s Monopoly game ‘Shane’.
  10. My favorite Disney song is ‘Go the Distance’.
  11. I have a hard time coming up with facts about myself.

Hamlette’s questions:

1. Is there a movie that has really yummy-looking food in it that you’d love to eat? Well, I don’t know how yummy-looking it is, but I’ve always thought that the mushroom soup in ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ (1959) would be delicious.  And I’m not even a soup person!

2.  What era do most of your favorite movies take place in?  My favorite movies are all over the place when it comes to a specific time era.  I do love war films and westerns, though.

3.  What two actors/actresses have you always hoped would make a movie together, but didn’t/haven’t yet?  I haven’t really thought about it that much, so I’m bypassing this question, at least for now. (If I do think of something after I publish this post, I’ll come back and add it in later.)

4.  If money and time and supplies (and crafting ability) were not considerations, what movie character would you love to cosplay or dress up like for Halloween?  Wyldstyle/Lucy.  She’s pretty awesome and her hoodie is cool and her hair would be fun to copy for once. (As long as I didn’t need to get it semi-permanently dyed or anything.)

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5.  Have you ever cosplayed or dressed up like a movie or TV character for Halloween?  My family doesn’t celebrate Halloween, but I have cosplayed a couple of times.  Once as Moffitt from the TV show ‘The Rat Patrol’ and once as Jed from the Night at the Museum movies (playing opposite my sister’s Octavius).

6.  What movie would your friends/family be surprised to learn you truly enjoyed?  I’m very vocal about my movie loves, so I have no idea.

7.  What’s one book you hope no one ever makes into a film?  That’s a tough one…because who doesn’t want their favorite books turned into movies?  I guess, though, that having no Jack Cavanaugh movies is better than having wretched book-to-film adaptions of his books, right? (And the same holds true for any of my beloved books that haven’t made the leap from page to screen.)

8.  Do you know the Wilhelm Scream when you hear it?  Yes!  So do all my older siblings, I think.

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There’s absolutely no reason to put this picture, except maybe because the Wilhelm Scream was first heard in a western and I’m crushing on Glenn Ford right now.

9.  When a character onscreen has to hold their breath, to you try to hold your breath to match theirs?  Sometimes, sometimes not.

10.  What upcoming movies (or TV series) are you excited about?  ‘Wonder’ (2017) and ‘Cars 3’ (2017).

11.  What are some of your favorite movie-oriented blogs?  (Or just blogs that post movie reviews sometimes.) I follow a lot of blogs that are movie-oriented, but most of them are not read (by me) with great regularity.  The only blogs I read a lot are those written by friends, people I know quite well – my taste for reading blog posts has dropped quite a bit in the past while.

My questions:

  1. Do you own any pets?
  2. What’s your favorite animated movie?
  3. What was the last book you read?
  4. Are you Introverted, Extroverted, or somewhere in between?
  5. Who’s one actor/actress everyone likes except you?
  6. Who’s one actor/actress nobody seems to like and/or know of except you?
  7. Can you whistle?
  8. What’s your favorite number?
  9. Do you collect fandom mugs?
  10. Louisa May Alcott or Lucy Maud Montgomery?
  11. Chocolate or cheese?

I am not tagging eleven people, so if my questions intrigue you and you want to play, go right ahead.

Eva

my top fifty favorite movies

I’ve done a ‘top fifty favorite books‘ post, so I thought it was only fair to do one for movies, too.  Actually, I wanted to list one hundred at first, but there simply weren’t enough films that I love enough, so I went with fifty instead and I think that, overall, this list provides a pretty good summary of my movie loves.

It is a bit messy, because I copied down my ‘top ten favorite movies‘ list for the first ten entries, and then everything else is just there as I added, erased, re-added, rearranged…you get the picture.  And anyway, the rankings are very fluid any day, depending on my mood. (Even for the top ten.) (Though Mag7 will always be my favorite movie ever.)

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  • The Magnificent Seven (1960)
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • Stalag 17 (1953)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

  • Laura (1944)
  • Notorious (1946)
  • State Fair (1945)
  • Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
  • Meet the Robinsons (2007)

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • The Great Escape (1963)
  • Charade (1963)
  • Robin Hood (1973)
  • Minority Report (2002)

  • Friendly Persuasion (1956)
  • Cinderella (2015)
  • High Noon (1952)
  • Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  • I’m Not Ashamed (2016)

  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  • The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming! (1966)
  • Cars (2006)
  • Saints and Soldiers (2003)
  • The Lady Vanishes (1938)

  • Air Bud (1997)
  • The Outsiders (1983)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • Anne of Green Gables (1985)
  • Anne of Avonlea (1987)

  • Treasure Planet (2002)
  • Tangled (2010)
  • Enchanted (2007)
  • The Vikings (1958)
  • A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

  • Roman Holiday (1953)
  • Where Eagles Dare (1968)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • Exodus (1960)

  • Newsies (1992)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • Hell is for Heroes (1962)

  • The Longest Day (1962)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • The Happiest Millionaire (1967)
  • Mister Roberts (1955)
  • Holes (2003)

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How many of these movies have you seen?  How many of them are your favorites?

Eva

tag – I’m it!

What a lovely bookish tag!  Kara at Flowers of Quiet Happiness tagged everyone, so I’m joining in the fun.

Rules

You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Probably the five Jack Cavanaugh books that my grandpa gave me several years ago. (The Songs in the Night series, Glimpses of Truth, and Beyond the Sacred Page.)  Those seem to have been a part of my book collection for forever.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Currently, I’m reading The Alpine Path by L.M. Montgomery.  It’s a fascinating look at her life.  The last book I read was Rilla of Ingleside, as a finale to reading through the entire Anne series (besides The Blythes Are Quoted).  And I have no idea what book I’ll tackle next – whatever suits my fancy, I guess. (I’m also working through my college reading list, but that doesn’t really count for this tag, in my opinion.)

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3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

There’s been several YA books I haven’t enjoyed as much as other people have.  I hate Matched and really don’t ‘get’ The Fault in our Stars.  Oh, and I don’t like Daddy Long Legs, though everyone else seems to think it’s the greatest thing since Little Women.

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

I’ve got a ginormous edition of David Copperfield on my shelf that I keep moving around whenever I organize my books, but I’ll probably never get to it.

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

READ ALL THE BOOKS.  RIGHT NOW.

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6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

Wait ’til the end.  I have a feeling that I’ve skipped to the end one or two times, but I don’t remember specifics.  Mayyyyybe an Alistair MacLean book because those get so tense that I can hardly stand it sometimes.

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I might skim through the acknowledgements if there aren’t too many of them, but otherwise…nah.  I do read prefaces, prologues, introductions, and author’s notes, though.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Rilla Blythe.  So, so quickly.  And pretty much any Jane Austen heroine.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

Um…I can’t think of anything right now.  Might think of a thrift store where I purchased a certain book or how I first found such-and-such a book at the library.  Or if someone gave/recommended a book to me, I might think of them, but nothing really specific that I can think of right now.

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10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Jane Austen Made Me Do It.  I won that in a giveaway and it’s so rare that I win giveaways.  If I remember correctly, there was a huuuuge blog party thing for its release and I entered a bunch of giveaways for the book and ended up winning one.  It’s a lovely book, too, which is a nice plus.

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

My books are My Books and I love all of them dearly (whether I’ve read them or not), so I don’t give them away at the drop of a hat.  I did have a darling, tiny, leather-bound copy of Hamlet that I sent to Hamlette because I hadn’t read the play (yet) and didn’t have the kind of connection to it that she did/does.

12. Which book has been with you most places?

My Bible.  Not an ordinary book, I know, but still.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Nope.  I mean, I didn’t like Silas Marner all that much, but I didn’t hate it.  I even grew to love epic poetry because of school (college work, that is) – stuff like the Iliad and Beowulf and Paradise Lost.

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14. Used or brand new?

Used.  Fits perfectly with my budget and there’s just so much more with a used book than there is with something brand new. (Though if I get a book from a library and love it, I do like getting a fresh, shiny copy.  Like While We’re Far Apart or Violins of Autumn.)

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope.

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Little Dorrit (2008), Anne of Green Gables (1985), and Anne of Avonlea (1987).

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Books don’t make me hungry, but The Candymakers has some mouth-watering descriptions of candy, chocolate, and other foods.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Hamlette.  Whether she recommends a book to me specifically or writes a glowing review on her blog, I keep an eye out for it.  I’ve discovered several gems through her recommendations, like Shane, The Blue Castle, and Where Eagles DareNaomi and Jessica (Prescott) also give great recommendations – Echo, Eve’s Daughters, Gone With the Wind, To Tame a Land

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19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

The Outsiders was definitely not the kind of book I usually read, but I adore it now (as y’all probably know).  Holes was another odd-ish one, but I enjoyed it, too.  And I recently discovered a great love and admiration for the Tintin books, which are really graphic novels, which are not something I usually enjoy.  There was also Ender’s Game – sci-fi used to be So Not My Thing (I think; it was so long ago I don’t quite remember), but I think it’s awesome now.

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I hereby tag…

Naomi – Wonderland Creek

Ashley – inklings press

Maribeth – Trekking Through Hobbit Holes

DKoren – Sidewalk Crossings

Have fun! (And don’t feel pressured to participate if you don’t want to.  This is strictly voluntary.)

Eva