Wednesday, March 08, 2006

In Praise Of Sam Fuller

There Was A Man Dept. - In Praise of Sam Fuller

This was a guy who knew how to tell a story. Sam Fuller would grip you by the throat, from the first word of the first line of the first page. His movies were wonderful.

Do his movies make sense? Sometimes they don't while you're watching, but later they do. For the most part, that isn't an issue, his movies MOVE!

One of the weirdest westerns ever made is also one of my favorites.

Barry Sullivan and Barbara Stanwyck in "Forty Guns."


If you don't know, that is an almost unbelievably dangerous scene. Galloping horses, right around rearing horses, so much could go wrong.

Barbara Stanwyck did her own stunts, by the way. So often, that she was made an honorary Stuntwoman.

Mark Hamill does the best imitation of Sam Fuller I've ever seen, 
I could watch him do it all day.

Mark was great in Fuller's 
"The Big Red One," which I'll describe better another time.

That classic also starred the great Lee Marvin, and

Robert Carradine, another favorite of mine.

Sam Fuller, I know somewhere, you're still writing. 

Forty Guns
The Big Red One
Samuel Fuller Film Collection
All great Sam Fuller pictures

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