West of the Pecos

West of the Pecos

Director: Edward Killy

Cast: Edward Killy, Robert Mitchum, Barbara Hale, Richard Martin

     
 

Edward Killy's West of the Pecos (1945) is one of a brace of movies based on the works of novelist Zane Grey, made for various studios across a period of several decades, which are now owned by Grey's estate. Apparently the latter were unable to secure an original 35mm print of the movie (which was made by RKO), as the opening credits carry the C&C Television…  See more details below

Overview

Edward Killy's West of the Pecos (1945) is one of a brace of movies based on the works of novelist Zane Grey, made for various studios across a period of several decades, which are now owned by Grey's estate. Apparently the latter were unable to secure an original 35mm print of the movie (which was made by RKO), as the opening credits carry the C&C Television logo, indicating that this disc is mastered from a 16mm print. It's a pretty clean 16mm print, and the producers have done their best to pull all of the detail and contrast out of it that they can -- but the intermittent scratches in the full-screen (1.33-to-1) also betray the limitations of that source. The sound has actually held up better than the picture, and the movie is an enjoyable 66 minute diversion, mostly due to the presence of a young Robert Mitchum (looking earnest but disinterested) in the lead role; the other notable performances are Richard Martin as Mitchum's Mexican-Irish sidekick, Thurston Hall as a blustery businessman, Barbara Hale as a tempestuous eastern girl, and Rita Corday as her maid; but the scene stealer is Bill Williams in an all-too-brief appearances as a heroic young shotgun rider. There are only four chapter-markers for the movie, and the only extras are the same documentaries on author Zane Grey that have graced other Lion's Gate DVDs in this series -- the writer's son Loren Grey introduces a series of accounts of his father's life and career, highlighted by extensive newsreel and home video footage.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
There was always something slightly unsettling about Robert Mitchum, even when he played nice, and his career as a B-Western star proved of short duration. Of course, Westerns' loss became film noir's gain and Mitchum's career skyrocketed. In fact, West of the Pecos did much to establish his leading man status. Although considered a surprise hit at the time, RKO apparently knew they had something special and lavished a sturdy budget on the property, which was filmed partially on-location at scenic Lone Pine, CA. The Western must have been especially memorable for young leading lady Barbara Hale, who met her future husband, Bill Williams, on the set. Miss Hale is actually quite convincing in her disguise and is certainly not your average shrinking violet. Equally amusing is Thurston Hall as the blustery meatpacker, Richard Martin in his usual role as the Mexican-accented Irishman, and Rita Corday as the fiery maid. Meanwhile, Harry Woods, as the Boss Villain, is Harry Woods. And that, of course, is as it should be.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2005
UPC:
0012236182733
Original Release:
1945
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:06:00
Sales rank:
39,407

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen presentation; English 2.0 Dolby Digital; True Stories of Zane Grey: Outdoor Adventures with an introduction by Loren Grey, Fisherman's Pluck, An American Legend; Digitally mastered; Interative menus; Scene selection

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Pecos Smith
Barbara Hale Rill Lambeth
Richard Martin Chito Rafferty
Thurston Hall Col. Lambeth
Rita Corday Suzanne
Russell Hopton Jeff Stinger
Bill Williams Tex Evans
Bruce Edwards Clyde Morgan
Harry Woods Brad Sawtelle
Perc Launders Sam Sawtelle
Bryant Washburn Doc Howard
Martin Garralaga Don Manuel
Robert Anderson Gambler
Sammy Blum Gambler
Italia Denubila Dancer
Jack Gargan Croupier
Ethan Laidlaw Lookout
Allan Lee Four-Up Driver
Philip Morris Marshal
Virginia Wave Mexican Girl
Lawrence Wheat Butler

Technical Credits
Edward Killy Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Lucius O. Croxton Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Roland Gross Editor
Norman Houston Screenwriter
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Herman Schlom Producer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
William L. Stevens Set Decoration/Design
Harry J. Wild Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- West of the Pecos
1. Main Titles/Exercise [14:35]
2. A Sense of Direction [22:41]
3. A Quitter [12:40]
4. Tradition/End Credits [16:01]

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