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Plot: An English woman and her daughter enlist the aid of a cowboy to try and get their hardy hornless bull to mate with the longhorns of Texas, but have to overcome both greedy criminals and the natural elements. Runtime: 97 mins Release Date: 01 Aug 1966
Average western that has a good story but bad screenplay,script,cinematography and directing.Stewart and O'Hara deliver very well as always but the bad production just weighs their performance down.Too bad for the subject matter of the story is very interesting and historically educational with a lot of action,drama and even comedic potentials.Only for big western fans and fans of the lead actors......
I Have Been Steered Wrong! (by Brenda19138)
I read something on this site about Jimmy Stewart being a racist. Well I would like to know what he was doing in Anatomy of a Murder sitting and talking with the very African-American Duke Ellington! If people are going to go on these sites I would appreciate it if they would tell the truth. Jimmy Stewart was no more a racist than I am. They said he went into a director and said, "Do we have to act with these n-----?" Apparently this never happened. It could not have happened if he is patting Duke Ellington on the shoulder like they are the best of friends. Is there a way this site <more>
can be monitored so that things like this don't get written?
Anything Jimmy Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, and Jack Elam is in, you can count on being a great movie. I have it on tape and have watched it at least 4 times. Just last night I watched it and something caught my attention. When the stampede started and the wagon was turned over, where did Vindicator go? Next time I saw him, he was following the wagon with the injured man in it. Wonder why he didn't join the stampede and go with the herd. He appeared unshaken and uninjured. Just wondering. It was a great movie, many interesting twists.
A Blend of John Ford and Disney-with a Great Performance by Juliet Mills (by aimless-46)
Director Andrew V. McLaglen's "The Rare Breed" 1966 has a surprising amount of historical interest, both to students of the old west and to western genre film buffs. It is actually a fairly accurate if fictionalized account of the displacement of Longhorn cattle on the Texas range by intentional interbreeding with more conventional bulls in this case a Hereford named Vindicator .Just as interesting is the film's position as one of the early intentional parodies of the western genre. While less obvious than in "Cat Ballou" 1965 , the self-reflexive elements <more>
and parody are there if you look close. The most obvious are Brian Keith's overplayed almost expressionistic Scotsman and McLaglen's juxtaposition of classic John Ford outdoor scenery with obvious sound stage shots-including matte paintings by Albert Whitlock. And McLaglen rounds out his cast with genre favorites Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr., and Jack Elam.But "The Rare Breed's" real claim to fame is as the first "chick flick" western. It is likely to appeal more to women than men viewers as the story is told from the point of view of its heroine Hilary Price Juliet Mills , who sets out with her parents to bring a small herd of cattle from Hertfordshire England to the American west. Unfortunately her father dies on the ocean voyage so Hilary and her mother Martha Maureen O'Hara are faced with the daunting task of completing what had been her father's dream. Mills is wonderful in this role and it really suits her. She is a placid observer of the strange land in which she finds herself while her mother is almost savagely reactive. Yet Mills gets all the really good lines as Hilary injects a lot of wit and wry humor into the story. McLaglen gives real dimension to only two of the characters, Hilary and "Bulldog" Sam Burnett Jimmy Stewart . Burnett is a cowhand who starts out to swindle the two women but ends up being completed by them; eventually becoming a father/husband replacement to Hilary and Martha respectively, as well as a complete believer in their mission to change the nature of the American cattle industry.But Burnett has to come a long way to make this transition as he begins by calling the symbolically named Vindicator a muley bull because it has no horns . His reaction does not get him off to a good start with the protective Hilary, who has raised Vindicator from a calf. The bull follows her around like a dog and is easily quieted with a verse from "God Save the Queen". Entertaining but not riveting, this unique example of the genre is a nice change of pace. Unfortunately the scenes between Keith and O'Hara will make you think more of Disney's original "The Parent Trap" than the film you thought you were watching.Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
James Stewart made this film at Universal with a very very beautiful Maureen O Hara as his leading lady reprising their teaming for 20th's Mr. Hobbs Takes A Vacation. Andrew McLaglen who was part of the James Stewart-John Wayne fraternity of action movies directs well this story of cattle breeding. Lots of familiar Universal back lot locations add to my enjoyment of this film. I respect both James Stewart and Maureen O Hara for keeping their careers in high gear even in the troubled 60's. With Maureen O Hara she outpaced many of her peers who retired due to lack of work, only Susan <more>
Hayward and Lana Turner were as active as the beautiful Irish Ms. O'Hara was in her steady stream of work as leading lady to John Wayne, Henry Fonda, James Stewart stalwart's of the American screen. Don Galloway a Universal contract player is also cast. Always thought Don Golloway would be a star.Is this movie great? No! Is it enjoyable yes! And Maureen O Hara one of the great Beauties of the Screen!