“Sorry don’t get it done, Dude.”

January 28, 2010

Any film with a central character going by the name of Dude gets my vote. And when he’s played by Dean Martin, you can’t really argue.

I borrowed Rio Bravo from the Anna Ooft library of Westerns but put off watching it, expecting it to be all moody treks through the high sierra and rugged men grimacing through drawn out deaths.

But instead, it’s fizzing banter, brightly drawn characters and a plot that rattles along at a fine old pace.

Hell, John Wayne even cracks that slab of a face to reveal something that might pass for a smile now and then.

Even better, what with it being made in 1958, it assumes an old Texas where lots of men wear awesome quiffs.

By Andrew

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