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my review of Horizons West (1952)


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watched it last nite, a free on demand offering. lousy even though directed by budd boetticher. robert ryan and rock hudson are the hammond brothers returning confederate soldiers to texas along with buddy tiny played by james arness.  predictable story with robert ryan going bad. ryan was always playing low down killers. goes into town and tells a judge he wants to make money and gets introduced to carpetbagger raymond burr. all burr does is play cards and take julie adams for granted. labels ryan a welcher for not antying up in a timely fashion. abducts brother neal rock hudson and tortures him in a barn but not for the card money but rustling commited by ryan. ryan shows up to save brother neal from sadistic burr. burr gets flogged and pulls a gun and ryan ends their acquaintanceship. major hammand makes it clear he wants to build an empire. some events go undetected like ryan shooting the helpful judge when it was dandy played by dennis weaver. war pal tiny escorts him out of jail at gunpoint to avoid lynching and asks his old friend what changed him. ryan answers him by stating the obvious and gunning down a man he went through the war with. for some reason major hammond keeps visiting some hispanic buddy south of the border maybe for backup.
brother neal and dad john mcintire show up to return him for texas justice but he gets gunned down. robert ryan was a great actor but you wonder what made this confederate veteran so willing to go bad as ryan seems kinda affable throughout. his family thinks burr's wife made him go bad but it's his idea but that never is made clear to the hammond family.
great visuals and technicolor but the movie is a pos.


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