1957, Sony Repertory, 78 min, USA, Dir: Budd Boetticher

A tense, sexually ambiguous story of rancher Randolph Scott’s kidnapping by killer Richard Boone (in a career-making performance) and his gun-happy henchmen. Brilliantly scripted by Burt Kennedy (based on an Elmore Leonard story), THE TALL T switches effortlessly from folksy humor to tragic violence, leaving the viewer literally breathless. “In every one of the Scott pictures, I felt I could have traded Randy’s part with the villain’s.” - Budd Boetticher. With Henry Silva and Maureen O’Sullivan.

1942, Universal, 91 min, USA, Dir: Lewis Seiler

Made in the same year as THE SPOILERS, this rough-and-tumble drama reunites John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, and Randolph Scott to tell the dynamic tale of the rise and fall - and rise - of a steel baron (Wayne). When Wayne and Scott graduate from the working class to form their own foundry, professional and romantic tensions arise; Wayne’s ruthlessness nearly costs him his best friend and his girl. Lewis Seiler’s stylish direction showcases his three leads to maximum studio system effect in this rousing classic.

1942, Universal, 87 min, USA, Dir: Ray Enright

Western heavyweights John Wayne and Randolph Scott face off against each other in this tale of corrupt miners set against the backdrop of the Nome Gold Rush. Scott is an unscrupulous judge, Wayne the honest cowboy who takes him on, and Marlene Dietrich costars as Wayne’s ex, Cherry Malotte. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for its exquisite art direction and culminates in one of the all-time great saloon brawls.

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