Thursday, September 06, 2007

A can't-miss film

Everybody else went to bed fairly early last night, so I settled down and watched "Bad Day at Black Rock" on DVD.
Spencer Tracy stars as McCreedy, a one-armed man unraveling the shameful secret that haunts an insular small town in the desert.
Robert Ryan stars as the ranch owner who bullies the townsfolk into submission, with the help of cronies Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin.
Director John Sturges and cinematographer William C. Mellor do a fantastic job, particularly with some memorable shot composition. The narrative pacing is also excellent, as we learn the secret along with McCreedy.
I highly recommend "Bad Day at Black Rock." I put this 1955 film in the "can't miss" category.


Blogger mike said...

Bad Day at Black Rock is one of my favorites, has been since I first watched it as a kid in the late 70s or early 80s. I love the isolated small-town desert setting, similar to the Arizon diner in Petrified Forest with Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis, or even Luke Skywalker's Tatooine from Star Wars. Other similarly great movies:

Grapes of Wrath
High Noon
Judgment at Nuremberg

Excellent performances in Judgment at Nuremberg by many, especially Maximilian Schell.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Lex10 said...

Leave us not forget the conlicted and delicious Anne Francis

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