7 MEN FROM NOW
1956, Batjac Prod., 78 min, USA, Dir: Budd Boetticher

The first of the Randolph Scott Westerns (and Budd Boetticher’s personal favorite of all his movies), the legendary 7 MEN FROM NOW was long thought to be a lost film – until it was restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, with the cooperation of producer John Wayne’s son, Michael. And what a rediscovery it is: Scott stars as a tight-lipped sheriff relentlessly hunting the men who killed his wife, while fending off distractions from lovely Gail Russell and loquacious bandito Lee Marvin.


BIG JAKE
1971, National General, 110 min, USA, Dir: George Sherman

John Wayne is Jacob McCandles, a former gunfighter summoned by his estranged family when his grandson (played by Wayne’s son Ethan) is kidnapped. Ruthless outlaw Richard Boone holds the boy hostage in Mexico, demanding a fortune in ransom; Big Jake rides in for a shootout rather than a pay-off. With music by Elmer Bernstein and plenty of bloody action (writers Harry and Rita Fink also penned DIRTY HARRY), this is one of the Duke’s best latter-day Westerns. Co-starring Maureen O'Hara.


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