Monday, October 28, 2019

The Stranger and the Gunfighter (1974)

Pax and Michael examine the East-meets-West spaghetti western, The Stranger and the Gunfighter (aka Blood Money, aka El Kárate, el Colt, y el Impostor), produced by the Shaw Brothers and starring Lee Van Cleef and Lo Leih.

Michael also watches The Magnificent Seven's inspiration The Seven Samurai and Hopalong Cassidy while Pax reads Richard Matheson's Shadow on the Sun.


  1. Never seen the movie you covered, might have to look for it.

    Love "Seven Samurai". And I feel plot-wise it's better than "Magnificent Seven". I think essentially because it's feudal Japan and the lead samurai is taking his class' role to protect peasants seriously. (And despite finding out that they've treacherously killed samurai in the past.) Chris protecting the village doesn't have the same sort of gravitas attached to it. If they leave the village, they leave, and it's not really any sort of dishonor to lose.

    And I came across another Audie Murphy/Dan Duryea western for you called "Six Black Horses". More psychological than action since part of it is wondering why certain characters are doing things without knowing their motivations.

  2. Excellent. Six Black Horses sounds right in my... chuck wagon, I guess? Or up my alley between the sheriff's office and the blacksmith shop. Some Western thing. Either way, I'm all about psychological drama, so that's now on the list, too. Thanks!