Tag Archives: Lee Van Cleef

High Noon: Waiting for the Whistle

THE STORY OF A MAN WHO WAS TOO PROUD TO RUN. In a notorious 1971 interview with Playboy, John Wayne talked about how proud he was to have helped make sure a communist like screenwriter Carl Foreman be thrown out of Hollywood. He also elaborated on why he thought High Noon was “the most un-American … Continue reading High Noon: Waiting for the Whistle

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Three Men and a Grave

THEY FORMED AN ALLIANCE OF HATE TO STEAL A FORTUNE IN DEAD MAN’S GOLD. When Clint Eastwood was offered the lead in the third part of Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western trilogy, he had to be talked into it. In the end, money sealed the deal, but it’s clear that Eastwood was beginning to see a … Continue reading The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Three Men and a Grave

For a Few Dollars More

CLINT EASTWOOD IS BACK, AND HE’S BURNING AT BOTH ENDS – IF YOU CAN TAKE IT. Two rivaling bounty hunters (Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef) go after El Indio (Gian Maria Volonté), a gang leader who is wanted by the government dead or alive. The sequel to Fistful of Dollars (1964) does not continue that film’s story and … Continue reading For a Few Dollars More

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: How the West Found Law

Since the United States of America has always been a democracy, it may be easy to forget that not all parts of the country have been free, and I’m not even talking about slavery. As new territories on the North American continent were seized by U.S. authorities, law and order were not always prioritized in … Continue reading The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: How the West Found Law