Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Deadly Companions (1961)

Notes: 6/1/11
Much different roles for Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara after The Parent Trap.
Steve Cochran, Chill Wills, and Strother Martin have supporting roles.
First feature of director Sam Peckinpah.
O'Hara is a bit miscast. She's a bit old and doesn't deliver believable emotion.
A bit too much happening when the central story is the most interesting.

Review: C
Keith accidentally kills O'Hara's young son in a shoot-out and makes amends by escorting her through Indian territory to give the boy a proper burial. Dramatic Western veers away from the main plot a bit too much and misses an opporunity for true dramatic fireworks between the two leads. While Keith possesses just enough grit for his role, O'Hara is miscast and lacks the proper range for her complicated character. First feature by director Sam Peckinpah is OK and nothing more.

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