Firecreek (1968)

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    • Firecreek (1968)



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      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Farmer and family man Johnny Cobb moonlights as a $2 a month sheriff
      in the quiet little town of Firecreek.
      When a gang of freebooters passes through, their leader Larkin,
      who is suffering from a minor wound, decides to spend the night.
      The gang members prove to be vicious, sadistic sociopaths who take
      advantage of the frightened townspeople, humiliating them for their own perverse amusement.
      Although Larkin disapproves of their behavior,
      his leadership role is tenuous, and he is reluctant to test it by exercising
      control over his men. The mild-mannered Cobb also seems hesitant
      to challenge the gang's antisocial behavior.
      Things come to a head when Meli, an Indian woman with a mixed race child,
      is sexually attacked by one of vicious psychopaths.
      Arthur, a mentally-challenged stable boy,
      comes to her aid and accidentally kills him.
      Cobb locks up Arthur pending a trial,
      but when the sheriff visits his pregnant wife
      Written by Gabe Taverney

      Full Cast
      James Stewart ... Johnny Cobb
      Henry Fonda ... Bob Larkin
      Inger Stevens ... Evelyn Pittman
      Gary Lockwood ... EarlDean Jagger ... Whittier
      Ed Begley ... Preacher Broyles
      Jay C. Flippen ... Mr. Pittman
      Jack Elam ... Norman
      James Best ... Drew
      Barbara Luna ... Meli
      Jacqueline Scott ... Henrietta Cobb
      Brooke Bundy ... Leah
      Robert Porter ... Arthur (as J. Robert Porter)
      Morgan Woodward ... Willard
      John Qualen ... Hall
      Louise Latham ... Dulcie (midwife)
      Athena Lorde ... Mrs. Littlejohn
      Slim Duncan ... Fyte (as Harry 'Slim' Duncan)
      Kitty Kelly ... Mrs. Sawyer (uncredited)
      Bill McKinney ... Bearded Gunfighter (uncredited)
      Almira Sessions ... Townswoman at Wake (uncredited)
      Christopher Shea ... Aaron Cobb (uncredited)
      Kevin Tate ... Franklin Cobb (uncredited)
      Felipe Turich ... Carlos (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Calvin Clements Sr.

      Original Music
      Alfred Newman

      William H. Clothier

      Four of the actors have links to Star Trek. Gary Lockwood, Barbara Luna,
      and Morgan Woodward all starred in Star Trek Episodes. Brooke Bundy appeared in a Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Laramie Street, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
      North Ranch, Lindero Canyon Road at Kanan Road, Agoura Hills, California, USA
      Sedona, Arizona, USA

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      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review)Classic Movie Westerns- Firecreek (1968)

      Firecreek is a 1968movie directed by Vincent McEveety and starring
      James Stewart and Henry Fonda in his second role as an antagonist that year.
      The film is similar to High Noon in that it features an entire town refusing to help
      a peace officer against outlaws, showing no backbone.
      Stewart plays an unlikely hero, forced into action when his conscience will not permit evil to continue.

      Stewart and Fonda's first film together had been the musical comedy On Our Merry Way
      two decades earlier, and they made The Cheyenne Social Club two years after Firecreek.
      They had also both appeared in How the West Was Won
      but had no scenes together despite playing best friends.

      Features other Duke's 'Pals' besides the two stars,
      namely Jay C. Flippen, Jack Elam and John Qualen

      User Review
      A slow burner, but a satisfying character study
      28 November 2006 | by TrevorAclea (London, England)

      Firecreek probably wouldn't stand a chance in today's market - it's a film dominated by old men with a script that's a very slow burner. Indeed, it's not until the superb last half hour that the film really starts punching its weight. For much of the film, Henry Fonda's gang of hired guns who drift into the one-dog town of Firecreek are more annoyance than genuine threat, but with each incident defused only by a display of anything-for-a-quiet life weakness from the townsfolk and James Stewart's part-time sheriff, violence is inevitable. What is surprising are the character revelations en route: every single character who drifts into this waste basket for lost souls is a wholly inadequate human being in one way or another. Fonda is quietly impressive as a man who can only maintain the authority he needs to stop him from being a nobody by giving in to his gang's wishes to prevent them replacing him. Stewart at first seems too old for the part, but as the film progresses his casting makes more and more sense: as Dean Jagger points out in the film's best scene, this is a town of losers, people who'll settle for what nobody else wants because they know no-one will challenge them for it. Or as Gary Lockwood's young gun puts it, "Ain't nothing' in this town five dollars won't fix." Surprisingly good, and much better directed by Vincent McEveety than you'd expect from a director who spent most of his career commuting between Disney comedies and TV shows.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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