directed by Vincent McEveety
List(s):"Movie One"
Category: "Western"
Year of Release:1968
Date Added:12/31/2014
Date Watched:02/19/2016
Description:Johnny Cobb (James Stewart) is a farmer first and the part-time sheriff of the tiny town of Firecreek second. His wife is expecting, so Johnny rides into town to get the doctor. He arrives just as Larkin (Henry Fonda), a professional gunman, shows up with his four associates. the men begin making trouble, drinking and chasing women while Larkin gets friendly with Evelyn (Inger Stevens) the daughter of the innkeeper. Nobody wants to risk trying to stop them. When one of them attempts to molest a woman, he is shot by a young halfwit. Johnny gets called back to the farm because his wife is having problems with labor. When he gets back to town in the morning, the halfwit has been hung and the four remaining men are about to leave. Johnny threatens to arrest them and is shot in the leg. He grabs a gun and, somehow, manages to kill three of them. Larkin gets the drop on him and is about to kill him when Evelyn kills Larkin from a window.
My Rating:7

Reviews for Firecreek

Review - Firecreek

A common theme about cowardice in the face of danger and how one man finally had enough and did something about it while the rest of the town stood around quaking with fear. Most of the cast did a good job here. Henry Fonda, whom I can't stand, did his usual acting job of staring blankly. I can't figure out what the character of Evelyn was supposed to see in him. Otherwise, the slow build up of suspense and danger was gripping.
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