Cahill U.S. Marshal

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A tough Marshal has a difficult task when his two sons join a gang and rob a bank.

ACTORS :  John Wayne, George Kennedy, Gary Grimes

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1973

POSTAGE : Free In Australia

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J.D. Cahill is the toughest U.S. Marshal they’ve got, just the sound of his name makes bad guys stop in their tracks, so when his two young boys want to get his attention they decide to rob a bank. They end up getting more than they bargained for.

Solid Action Picture

While US Marshall Cahill (John Wayne) hunts outlaws, his wayward sons get in way over their heads when the supposedly safe, after-hours bank robbery plan with slimy saddle-tramp George Kennedy turns into a bloodbath. When Cahill returns and ends up arresting innocent men, it sends the two youths scrambling to do the right thing.

Though one of Wayne’s later, less acclaimed movies, there’s still a whole lot of fun to be had in this well produced, action filled morality tale.

Kennedy is in truly fine form here as a truly vile bad guy, while Neville Brand, who’s usually typecast as despicable villains and psychopathic cretins, delivers a standout, heroic performance as Wayne’s halfbreed sidekick.

The tense, bloody climax is pretty good.

A good film for Wayne
 
Unlike the comment that said “unoriginal”, for a western of the early seventies, when the western was at that time dying out for a period, this is a gallant effort on the part of all involved in the production. I must confess, it would be hard for me to say anything bad about a John Wayne movie, it certainly is not “The Searchers”, but no where near “The Geisha and the Barbarian”. Cahill was a milder Wayne as a family man, with a good lesson of being there when your needed as a father. A strong point that stands out in the movie, with the other elements (bank robbers, bad guys, boys in trouble) well incorporated around the basic theme. Andrew V. McLaglen did justice to the script, keeping things simple but well rounded, with a conclusion that will satisfy the western fan. After watching the film on TCM recently, I came to realize that it may be dated, somewhat, but a true measure of what good film making is all about. In a world of high budgets, overpaid actors and grand special effects, “Cahill, U.S. Marshall” gives what any viewer would want from such a film: A good story.

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