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domingo, 25 de septiembre de 2011

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Alex Flood es un antiguo sheriff corrupto que intenta apoderarse de la línea de diligencias que llegan al pueblo de Jericho. Algunos propietarios de negocios unirán sus fuerzas con Dolan, otro ex-sheriff y jugador profesional, para detener sus turbios manejos. Además éste le arrebatará a su antigua novia, Molly Lang.

Dean Martin encarnó al villano por primera vez en su carrera, en este correcto western. Adapta la novela "The Man in Black", de Marvin H. Albert, que también fue coguionista.

Playing against type, Dean Martin is an ex-lawman who has decided to illegally prophet from his abilities. He now owns most of the town of Jericho, and has hired a band of gunmen to enforce his edicts. Outside of town, Martin ambushes a stagecoach that is carrying a passenger, ex-marshal George Peppard. From a hidden spot in the brush, Martin shoots up the coach and rides away. Arriving in town, Peppard meets Jean Simmons who his refused Martin's attempts to take over operation of her stage line. After a few days, Peppard becomes attracted to Simmons, but he sees that the odds are too large against them, and is on the verge of leaving town. But, after Martin physically roughs up Simmons, Peppard organizes the few men in town who are willing to put up a fight, and attacks enterprises that are owned by Martin. Finally, in a showdown, Martin and Peppard battle it out, ironically in the same spot that Martin originally ambushed the stagecoach.

"Interesante película del oeste (...) cuya trama ofrece la novedad de ver a Dean Martin interpretar un personaje de villano."
(Miguel Ángel Palomo: Diario El País)

Director: Arnold Laven
Intérpretes: Dean Martin, George Peppard, Jean Simmons, John McIntire, Slim Pickens, Don Galloway, Brad Weston, Richard O'Brien, Carol Andreson, Steve Sandor
Argumento: Marvin H. Albert (Novela "The Man in Black")
Guión: Sydney Boehm, Marvin H. Albert
Música: Don Costa
Fotografía: Russell Metty
Título Original: Tough Night in Jericho
Año: 1967
País: EE.UU.
Duración: 104 min.
Género: Western

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