(aka 'Deadly Peacemaker' or 'The Trouble Shooter')

 

Directed by Richard Wilson
USA 1955

 

A striking, compact first feature from esteemed screenwriter Wilson. Mitchum is the taciturn 'town-tamer', whose extreme methods of law enforcement are available for hire when local marshals have run out of options. Arriving in a frontier community to look up old-flame Sterling, he finds himself engaged in lethally dismantling the influence of the area's Mr Big. His ruthless efficiency has the townsfolk appalled, but Mitchum, scarred by childhood memories which saw his unarmed father gunned down, channels his inner demons into the task at hand. It's among his finest performances, but by no means a one-man show, given Wilson's deft placement of wry humour amid the carnage, and North's fine score expressing the sense of an open-air America ill at ease with itself. Forget the unofficial Michael Winner remake Lawman.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 5th, 1955

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DVD Review: MGM - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution MGM Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
May 12th, 2008 sees multiple Westerns coming to DVD, including:

The Big Trail (Raoul Walsh, 1930) 20th Century Fox, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [Blu-ray] (George Roy Hill,1969) 20th Century Fox, Day of the Outlaw (André De Toth, 1959) - United Artists, Fistful of Dynamite (Sergio Leone, 1971) - United Artists, Fox Classic Western Collection (Rawhide / The Gunfighter / Garden of Evil) - 20th Century Fox, The Gunfight at Dodge City (Joseph M. Newman, 1959) - United Artists, John Wayne: The Fox Westerns Collection (The Big Trail, North to Alaska, The Comancheros, The Undefeated) - 20th Century Fox, Man of the West (Anthony Mann, 1958) MGM, Man with the Gun (Richard Wilson, 1955) United Artists, Navajo Joe (Sergio Corbucci, 1966) MGM, The Way West (Andrew V. McLaglen, 1967) MGM and The Westerner (William Wyler, 1940) MGM

Runtime 1:24:12 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.89 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 (mono), DUBs: French and Spanish (mono)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: May 13th, 200
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Chapters: 20

 

Comments:

The MGM DVD is how we suspected - competent and bare-bones. Considering the age of the film, and price of the DVD, it looks pretty strong. Contrast and detail are above-average for a single-layered offering, progressive, and coded for region 1 in the NTSC standard. There are optional subtitles and mono DUBs - but there are, unfortunately, no extras.

I like Mitchum a lot (Henry Hull too! - we also get Claude Akins and a glimpse of a preening Angie Dickinson!) and this role is perfect for him - a 'town tamer'. This is a pure western - taking liberties with our suspension of disbelief but faithfully following the creed/machismo of the men of the west. Great addition to the genre and a steal at less than $10. I really enjoyed it and have already watched it twice. Recommended!  

Gary W. Tooze

 



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CLICK to order from:

Distribution MGM Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
May 12th, 2008 sees multiple Westerns coming to DVD, including:

The Big Trail (Raoul Walsh, 1930) 20th Century Fox, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [Blu-ray] (George Roy Hill,1969) 20th Century Fox, Day of the Outlaw (André De Toth, 1959) - United Artists, Fistful of Dynamite (Sergio Leone, 1971) - United Artists, Fox Classic Western Collection (Rawhide / The Gunfighter / Garden of Evil) - 20th Century Fox, The Gunfight at Dodge City (Joseph M. Newman, 1959) - United Artists, John Wayne: The Fox Westerns Collection (The Big Trail, North to Alaska, The Comancheros, The Undefeated) - 20th Century Fox, Man of the West (Anthony Mann, 1958) MGM, Man with the Gun (Richard Wilson, 1955) United Artists, Navajo Joe (Sergio Corbucci, 1966) MGM, The Way West (Andrew V. McLaglen, 1967) MGM and The Westerner (William Wyler, 1940) MGM




 

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