Somehow I Guess I Missed This In 1968
Western movies have been a favorite staple of my entertainment choices as far back as I can remember going to films. I do have some biases and prejudices in Westerns, and my biases and prejudices have changed a bit over time. For example, in my early years I was completely captivated by Tom Mix, Gene Autry, and similar types of Westerns. Before I was in my teens, however, I was no longer interested in those types of Westerns, and I found more of interest in what might be called more “adult” types of Westerns. I began to appreciate the John Wayne of “Stagecoach” a lot more than the John Wayne of his earlier Westerns.
A few days ago, I was searching my Western channels to see what I might find to watch. I came across “Day Of The Evil Gun” and noticed it had Glen Ford, Arthur Kennedy, and a bunch of other actors with whom I was familiar. The storyline looked interesting and with the actors listed, this seemed likely to be the kind of Western I like. What bothered me, however, was the fact that I did not remember ever seeing this film before.
Well, I watched the film, and I did enjoy the story. However, when it was finished, I still was not sure if I ever saw it before or not. There were a few bits of scenes that seemed familiar to me, but on the whole, it seemed that I did not remember ever seeing the film before. Admittedly, I seem to have a similar problem with books at my age. I can read a book this week and enjoy it thoroughly. A few months later, I can pick the book up, know that I have already read it, but I am unable to remember anything about the storyline. I read the book again, and it almost like reading it for the first time. I may remember bits and pieces, but for the most part it is like a new read. I have to wonder if that is also the case for my most recent experience with “Day Of The Evil Gun.”
In any case, I did enjoy watching the film. It was a good story, and it was quite interesting to watch the characters played by Ford and Kennedy as they move through the timeline of the story.