Showdown

1963

Western /

7
IMDb Rating 6.2

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Brian Camp 4/10

SHOWDOWN (1963) has extensive location shooting around Lone Pine,California at the foot of the Sierras. Because it was shot inblack-and-white, however, ostensibly to save money, the picturesquelocations are not seen to their best advantage the way they are inMurphy&#x27;s color westerns from that era (e.g. HELL BENT FOR LEATHER andSEVEN WAYS FROM SUNDOWN, both 1960). Color cinematography would havegiven us something interesting to look at during the laboredproceedings. It&#x27;s a low-budget affair with a contrived script providedby &#x22;Bronson Howitzer,&#x22; a curious pseudonym for Ric Hardman, a writer ofTV westerns. The plot is one of those routine potboilers about a groupof outlaws holding the hero and various people hostage in hopes of abig payoff. At too many points in the script, people engage inuncharacteristic behavior in order to keep the basic situation intact.Two innocent cowboys, Chris (Audie Murphy) and Bert (Charles Drake),are detained after a drunken saloon fight and chained to an outdoorpost alongside desperate outlaws in a town that doesn&#x27;t have a jail.When the outlaws break free, the two friends inexplicably flee insteadof staying and trying to explain their situation. Bert (Charles Drake)even steals some banknotes, which he then uses to bargain for his andChris&#x27;s life after the outlaws grab them. Each subsequent chain ofevents arises from the outlaw boss (Harold J. Stone) letting one friendor the other go off on his own on a mission involving the money, eventhough no self-respecting gang leader would place such trust in hishostages or let them go off on their own so easily. These outlaws areneither very tough nor very smart.<br><br>Things get more complicated when Bert&#x27;s purported girl, a saloon singernamed Estelle, enters the picture. She has a couple of dramatic scenes,including an extended monologue, that must have made the actress(Kathleen Crowley) quite happy but tend to slow the movie down. Onlywhen Chris is on his own against the remaining gang members in ruggedterrain does the picture get interesting. Unfortunately, there are notenough of these scenes to save the movie. Murphy&#x27;s very good in apatented role as a decent ordinary guy caught up in the machinations oflawbreakers, but he would have been better in color and with a morethought-out script. There&#x27;s a sense here that the production was just abit on the hurried side.<br><br>Strother Martin plays a town drunk and L.Q. Jones plays a silent memberof the gang. Both are among the town&#x27;s prisoners chained to the samepost early in the film. They&#x27;re seen in shots together but don&#x27;tinteract. These two actors would make a memorable team six years lateras the squabbling &#x22;gutter trash&#x22; bounty hunters Coffer and T.C. in SamPeckinpah&#x27;s THE WILD BUNCH.<br><br>According to &#x22;No Name on the Bullet: A Biography of Audie Murphy,&#x22; byDon Graham, Murphy was quite upset when he learned that SHOWDOWN wasbeing filmed in black-and-white and almost stopped working. &#x22;I&#x27;m notgonna act,&#x22; is how he put it. The producer eventually talked him intofinishing the movie, but Murphy vowed, &#x22;This is the last picture I&#x27;mgonna do in black and white.&#x22; It was.<br><br>(Regarding the filming of Lone Pine locations cited in the firstparagraph, I should stress that those landscapes can look absolutelybreathtaking in black-and-white when captured by a mastercinematographer. Just look at classic movies like LIVES OF A BENGALLANCER (1935), CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936) and HIGH SIERRA(1941), to name three. But we&#x27;re simply not going to see images likethat in the kind of rush job we get in SHOWDOWN.)

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Reviewed by a.lampert 7/10

I loved this movie. Having watched so many old westerns recently thatlacked much realism, I found this to be quite a hard edged and grimatmospheric piece that I really enjoyed. Audie Murphy with his babyface can be very convincing and was perhaps a better actor than Ipreviously remembered from when I was young, and I&#x27;m constantly havingto remind myself that he was the most decorated American soldier ofWorld War II. Kathleen Crowley,who I had forgotten about, was quitesexy in a mature way, and I grew to like her as her part went on.There&#x27;s a great cast of old character actors who never fail to pleasein old westerns, Harold J. Stone, Skip Homier, L. Q. Jones, StrotherMartin and Charles Drake. There&#x27;s not a lot to not like I thought,although I kept thinking this would have been so much better in colourand wide screen which let it down just a little bit. I thought it wasquite tense throughout, mainly brought about by the fact that Murphy ischased (and I love chase pictures) throughout the film by variouscharacters and for the most part he has to outsmart his opponents andovercome them in spite of the fact that he rarely has the chance ofacquiring a weapon. Very well made on what appears to be a low budget.

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 5

Showdown finds Audie Murphy and Charles Drake who did a few films with Murphy as a pair of cowboy drifters coming to the town of Adonde to sell of the horse herd they&#39;ve captured and for a little R&amp;R. Drake gets in a poker game, gets drunk and stupid, and both wind up chained to a town may pole like post in the middle of the town main street. Also chained there is the town drunk Strother Martin and Harold J. Stone and his outlaw gang. The town has no jail and the pole is like the stocks in the village square in the colonial times. <br/><br/>Adonde wishes that they did invest in a jail after Stone breaks out taking Murphy and Drake with him and some money that the light fingered Drake lifted from the Express office. $12,000.00 in negotiable bonds. But he hides them and then it becomes a chess game between Murphy and Drake and Stone. <br/><br/>I won&#39;t go on with the plot, but it soon becomes apparent that the man Murphy&#39;s been riding with has a lot less character than he gave him credit for. In fact Drake&#39;s character is not unlike the one he played in the classic James Stewart western Winchester 73. Furthermore the girl he&#39;s been seeing Kathleen Crowley is not unlike Shelley Winters from that same film.<br/><br/>In fact this could have been a classic had Universal invested a little more money in script and direction. But at that time Audie Murphy&#39;s films were normally at the bottom of double bills in that last decade of them and Murphy was just serving out his contract.<br/><br/>Still the film has some grit to it with Murphy playing the only one in the film with any real character.

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