THE ALAMO (1960 USA)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

The Alamo—not the worst John Wayne nor the best—sports an all-star cast that includes Richard Boone who delivers a noteworthy speech via the character Sam Houston. Be prepared for some heart touching, sad scenes for the last 50 minutes of the movie. The film earns its remake in 2004 with new casting.

Storyline

The Battle of the Alamo told from pre-battle events through the actual battle.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director John Wayne for directing effort. Thank you to Producer John Wayne for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Colonel Davy Crockett (John Wayne), Colonel Jim Bowie (Richard Widmark), Colonel William Travis (Laurence Harvey), Smitty (Frankie Avalon), Captain James Butler Bonham (Patrick Wayne), Flaca (Linda Cristal), Mrs. Sue Dickinson (Joan O’Brien), Beekeeper (Chill Wills), Juan Seguin (Joseph Calleja), Lieutenant Reyes (Carolos Arruza), and Jethro (Jester Hairston).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s interesting to see John Wayne’s effort as a director and actor. Other films he directed: Big Jake (uncredited), The Green Berets, The Comancheros (uncredited), and Blood Alley (uncredited). A superior film with Wayne as the actor is The Shootist. A better film from the western genre is The Duel with Liam Hemsworth.

Ben Meyers

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