The Redhead from Wyoming
Lee Sholem's The Redhead From Wyoming (1953) is a B-movie in A-movie garb, shot in Technicolor and co-starring Maureen O'Hara (who, if she hadn't been born, would have had to have been invented by the owners of Technicolor as a "canvas" for their product). It's just good enough, however, to justify a DVD release, so well preserved and transferred that it's worth a look just to see the kind of diverting if totally unambitious work that Hollywood (and Universal Studios) put out when they weren't generating genre classics like Winchester '73, High Noon, The Gunfighter, Arrowhead etc. O'Hara plays the kind of flirty, playful shrew that she specialized in during this period, with perhaps the prettiest costumes with which she was ever graced. Also visible in the cast are a young Dennis Weaver and Jeanne Cooper, and Stacy Harris, an actor familiar to longtime viewers of Dragnet -- it is funny seeing Harris, who made most of his career playing criminals and smarmy attorneys, in western attire. The source print is gorgeous, with occasional oversaturation of the fleshtones but otherwise one of the prettiest looking pictures one is likely to see in a western of this vintage. The real "star" is the Technicolor image and the costumes worn by O'Hara (and the figure she boasts), which either compliment or contrast beautifully with her red hair. The 81-minute movie has been given 20 chapter markers, which is handy though hardly essential in a picture with a plot as slight as this. the only really notable plot development is a cattle stampede that is nicely photographed but otherwise unexceptional as such scene go and not exciting in the least. The original trailer is included as a bonus feature, looking about as good as the film itself. The disc opens automatically on a simple four-selection menu that goes to a second layer for subtitle selection (English, French, Spanish).