Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Tennessees Partner Allan Dwan
Tennessee's Partner (1955)
Directed by Allan Dwan
This is one of 10 cheap action films that director Dwan shot for producer Benedict Bogeaus, all made in around 15 days. Trained as an engineer, Dwan is also an alchemist, as he transforms this rote Western scenario of devious gold-rush schemers into a delicate drama of male friendship. Sitting shoulder to shoulder in a prison cell, mild-mannered cowboy Ronald Reagan tells slick card sharp John Payne that he’s, “been lonesome now-and-then myself”. Together these loners try and fail and try again to open themselves to the world. R. Emmet Sweeney (July 3 and 5 at MoMA, part of its Allan Dwan retrospective)

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