Telegraph Trail/Somewhere in Sonora/the Man from Monterey

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This triple-feature western DVD compiles three of the low-budget -- and that's putting it mildly -- westerns that John Wayne made for Warner Bros. at the outset of his career. Wayne is better in them than he is in some of his non-western roles of the same period, and for the action scenes he is among the best elements in each of these movies -- but that's not saying much, at least in two of them. The production values on The Telegraph Trail and The Man From Monterey are threadbare in the extreme, and even some of...
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Overview

This triple-feature western DVD compiles three of the low-budget -- and that's putting it mildly -- westerns that John Wayne made for Warner Bros. at the outset of his career. Wayne is better in them than he is in some of his non-western roles of the same period, and for the action scenes he is among the best elements in each of these movies -- but that's not saying much, at least in two of them. The production values on The Telegraph Trail and The Man From Monterey are threadbare in the extreme, and even some of the familiar faces from better movies -- such as Frank McHugh in The Telegraph Trail -- seem off-balance and doing far from their best work. The Man From Monterey, in particular, looks incredibly inept in its direction, casting, and almost every other element of the production, and only the energy that Wayne brings to the action scenes, and the comic relief assistance from Luis Alberni, lend it any distinction. The latter movie and The Telegraph Trail also look to be in pretty rough shape, in terms of the materials used for this DVD, but they're probably the best elements that exist on these programmers, neither of which could ever have been expected to be of any interest five years later, forget 75 years later. Old movie buffs, however, may enjoy The Telegraph Trail for the presence of Otis Harlan in a very good comic-relief performance; and Somewhere In Sonora looks pretty good, and it does offer a satisfying late-career performance by Henry B. Walthall, as well as the first shared screen time between Wayne and actor Paul Fix, who were to remain friends for decades after and work together in numerous movies. The DVD has been produced with no frills (and barely any chapters), rather like the movies themselves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • UPC: 012569678392
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,817

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Disc #1 -- The Telegraph Trail/Somewhere in Sonora/The Man From Monterey
   The Telegraph Trail
   Somewhere in Sonora
   The Man From Monterey
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