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Run for Cover

Posted by martinteller on September 27, 2011

Not a terribly deep western, but a satisfying one that makes some decent social commentary.  Unfortunately, this is a VistaVision film, but the copy I saw was in Academy ratio.  So I can’t comment too much on the cinematography… I’ll just say I didn’t see anything there that hinted at greatness.  I’m not the world’s biggest Cagney fan, however I liked his performance here as a man of upstanding integrity.  This might also be the film’s biggest weakness, the protagonist is a little too perfect.  But he’s a hero that’s enjoyable to watch interact with those around him, especially those of lesser character.  The supporting roles by John Derek and Viveca Lindfors are unremarkable but solid.  The movie keeps things moving at a steady pace, maybe too steady but quite watchable.  There are a couple of interesting surprises as well.  There are certainly better westerns out there, but you could do a whole lot worse.  Rating: Good

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