"The Kentuckian"

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Aug 3, 2011
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East Texas piney woods
Caught this old movie (1955) with Burt lancaster. the story is about A Kentucky widower bound for 1820's Texas with his young son is thwarted in his efforts by a corrupt constable, a long-standing family feud, and a beautiful indentured servant.

This picture shows Burt Lancaster was a much better actor than a director. After "The Kentuckian" he never tried directing again - a decision good for him and much better for the audience. The direction is lazy and slow-going, the script disappointing (I wonder that A.B. Guthrie, the writer of brilliant old-west-novels, didn't make a better job). The photography is good, the landscapes are great and few actors are fine, for example Walter Matthau as slimy bad guy. There are two special moments in the picture you surely will not forget: The bull-whip-fight between Matthau and Lancaster is exciting and the showdown, when Burt is running fast across the river while his enemy tries to load his rifle, is very different to other western-shootouts.

The obvious thing for me was trying best check out the rifles he and some others are carrying, none look like the converted trapdoors. As best as I cant freeze and look many do look like original long rifle flinters. Anyone have more details ?
Now Burt's buckskins are sadly crafted.