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Fox Classic Western Collection [3 Discs] [DVD]

Release Date:05/13/2008
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    Special Features

    • The Gunfighter: Arthur Miller: Painter with Light featurette
    • The Western Grows Up featurette
    • Restoration comparison
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Advertising gallery
    • Still gallery
    • Rawhide: Susan Hayward: Hollywood's Straight Shooter featurette
    • Shoot It In Lone Pine! featurette
    • Interactive pressbook
    • Garden of Evil: Audio commentary by film and music historians John Morgan, Nick Redman, Steven Smith and William Stromberg
    • Isolated score track
    • Travels of a Gunslinger: The Making of Garden of Evil featurette
    • Henry Hathaway: When the Going Gets Tough featurette
    • Resotration comparison


    Garden of Evil
    Gary Cooper, Richard Widmark and Cameron Mitchell portray three somewhat disreputable 19th-century soldiers of fortune, en route to California to prospect for gold. Stopping over in a tiny Mexican village, the three men are hired by Susan Hayward to rescue her husband, who is trapped in a gold mine in hostile Indian territory. The threesome agree to the expedition, their interest piqued by the possibility of picking up some gold themselves. During the harrowing journey, the party's already frayed nerves are aggravated when the men become attracted to Hayward. The group arrives at the mine's location--the Garden of Evil, so named because the Indians regard it as the domain of evil spirits. During the escape, Hayward's husband (Hugh Marlowe) is killed by the Indians, as is Mitchell. Cooper and Widmark play cards to decide who will take Hayward to safety and who will cover them while they flee. Cooper wins--but later discovers that Widmark had cheated in order to sacrifice himself. Garden of Evil takes too long to get to its climax, but the Cinemascope photography and Bernard Herrmann's rich musical score make the wait worthwhile. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Rawhide is a westernized remake of the 1936 crime melodrama Show Them No Mercy. Tyrone Power stars as Tom Owens, the assistant manager of a remote stagecoach way station. A coach arrives, bearing Vinnie Holt (Susan Hayward), who carries her baby niece in her arms. Having learned that an outlaw gang is in the vicinity, Owens advises Vinnie to hold up at the station until the next day. Shortly thereafter, the gang arrives and kills stationmaster Sam Todd (Edgar Buchanan). Outlaw leader Zimmerman (Hugh Marlowe), assuming that Owens and Vinnie are the baby's parents, decides not to kill them as well but to hold them prisoner while he and his men await the arrival of a gold shipment. Tension mounts as the relatively civilized Zimmerman argues with his psychotic henchman Tevis (Jack Elam) over the fate of the "married couple." Meanwhile, Owens tries to think up an escape plan for himself, Vinnie and the child. The film closes with a nail-biting shootout, with the baby in the thick of the fray. So as to avoid confusion with the TV series of the same name, Rawhide was retitled Desperate Siege for its first television showing in 1962. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    The Gunfighter
    In this classic noir-influenced Western, Gregory Peck stars as an aging gunslinger, sick of killing but haunted by punks wanting to make a name for themselves by slaying a legend. After being warned by his old friend the Sheriff, Peck decides to return East to see his estranged wife and the child he left behind. Knowing his death is an inevitability if he stays, Peck leaves but before he can reach his destination his past catches up with him in the form of a young outlaw. A showdown-cum-Greek tragedy follows and the film ends on a haunting, bleak note. Nominated for an Academy Award in Best Motion Picture Story, The Gunfighter was often imitated by other Westerns, most notably by High Noon, and its minimalist, morally difficult, and compelling tale made it one of the most important films produced in the 1950s. ~ Brian Whitener, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Gary Cooper
      Gary Cooper - Hooker
    • Susan Hayward
      Susan Hayward - Leah Fuller
    • Richard Widmark
      Richard Widmark - Fiske
    • Hugh Marlowe
      Hugh Marlowe - John Fuller
    • Cameron Mitchell
      Cameron Mitchell - Luke Daly

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