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Directed by Robert D. Webb
USA 1956

 

"The Proud Ones" is a fairly exciting story. The trouble is that you can confuse it with a good many other westerns. They have put in some of those ready-made characters that make it look like a lampoon on westerns.

Take those two hired killers who are out to do away with Marshal Robert Ryan. One is a scar-faced American, the other a sadistic Mexican. These gunslingers titillate instead of terrorize. Killers, in color and CinemaScope in this case, aren't supposed to make you laugh.

This is a tale of the transformation of a quiet Kansas town with the arrival of the first trail herd from Texas accompanied by a saloonkeeper who is an old enemy of the marshal and a cowboy out to avenge what he believes is the ruthless killing of his father by that marshal.

The action, if not the suspense, is plentiful. Mr. Ryan and Jeffrey Hunter, as the cowboy, handle their guns well. Walter Brennan's jailer is a delight. And those pioneer days must have been something, what with Flat Rock's leading restaurant proclaiming "All you can eat for 50 cents."

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 1956

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DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC

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Part of the Classic Western Collection - The Outlaws which contains The Proud Ones, Forty Guns, Broken Lance, and The Culpepper Cattle Co.
Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:34:06 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 4.0), DUBs: French (mono), Spanish (mono) 
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Theatrical trailer
• Fox Flix (more trailers of other westerns)
• Full Screen version on opposite side 


DVD Release Date: May 23rd, 2006

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Chapters: 24

Comments:

Super detail and strong colors in this Fox transfer to DVD. The widescreen ratio looked great on my system. It may be the best image of the 4-disc boxset. No extras save a trailer and the price reflects its bare bones production.

As far as I am concerned you can't go wrong with a Robert Ryan western and I have always loved Jeffrey Hunter's work (from Jesus to Captain Pike). Virginia Mayo seemed to overact a bit in my opinion, but the film is a keeper for western genre fans.  

Gary W. Tooze

 


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Part of the Classic Western Collection - The Outlaws which contains The Proud Ones, Forty Guns, Broken Lance, and The Culpepper Cattle Co.
Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC




 

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