Fifth about The Seventh


Jubal: Delmer Daves’ film is a solid, enticing drama in the guise of a western (the Old West setting fits the story better than anything else would). It revolves around a quartet of interesting and well-defined characters, with clear motivations behind their actions. The cast is in very fine shape: at the center of the drama, Valerie French is seductive and attractive; Ernest Borgnine projects generosity and a big heart; Rod Steiger is pure oily sleaziness; and Glenn Ford is very good with his noble stoicism. Director of photography Charles Lawton Jr. makes great use of the very picturesque locations, but his framing of interior action is also very dramatic, richly expressive. David Raksin’s musical score is rousing and matches the film well.

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