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FLYNN STAY AT HOME DOUBLE FEATURE #2: THE FLYNNS GO WEST: “Dodge City” & “Seven Guns for Timothy”

08 May

When I first picked up a copy of “My Wicked, Wicked Ways”, I was not that familiar with who Errol Flynn was as I did not remember having seen “Adv. of Robin Hood”, but I remembered the one about the guy who cleans up a town as one of my favorites from childhood. “Dodge City” may not be on every one’s list as a classic western, but it is definitely one of the top three favorite westerns on my list. ( Along with “The Searchers” & the original “The Magnificent Seven”).

Errol always felt he was miscast in westerns, but Wade Hatton is one of those characters that fit with the types of heroes he portrayed. He also said his westerns feature a scene where it is explained how he came to be out West. In “Dodge City” it is one of the best scenes when Dusty played by Alan Hale explains to Col. Dodge how Wade came to be out West.

Sean in his “spaghetti western” “Sette Magnifiche Pistole” (“Seven Magnificent Guns” aka “Seven Guns for Timothy”) plays a tenderfoot and intellectual man of peace, who has inherited a gold mine sought after by villain, Rodrigo Rodriguez (played by popular Spanish actor, Fernando Sanchez) who will stop at nothing to force Sean to deed him the mine. The foreman of Sean’s mine enlists the aid of four former soldiers who served under him to train Sean to be a rough and tough hombre and go up against Rodriguez. At first Sean is reluctant, but when his pet dog is killed after a raid by Rodriguez on Sean’s ranch he gets with the program. Standing by her man as Sean’s love interest is Italian beauty, Ida Galli. Also on hand is Spanish actor, Daniel Martin who was a staple in these Euro Westerns as one of the seven guns along with the five mentioned above.

“Dodge City” is available on DVD and if you do not have this film in your collection you can not call yourself a fan of Errol Flynn. “Seven Guns for Timothy” is the only film of Sean’s available in English on legitimate DVD in the U.S. It is available as one of many euro westerns in the collection, “10,000 Ways to Die: The Spaghetti Western Collection”.–A. R.

— ILIKEFLYNN

 
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  1. Gentleman Tim

    May 8, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Flynntastic write-up and recommendation, A.R.!

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    • ILIKEFLYNN

      May 9, 2020 at 7:34 pm

      Thank you, Gentleman Tim! I also wanted to add that Sean’s film was a more comedic take on the Hollywood version of Kurosawa’s film. Also unfortunately the version in the above collection is a pan and scan television edit, where this film cries out to be seen in its wide screen aspect. As I stated in my article, Sean gives a performance that is “fitting with most of the shenanigans on screen”, although he is dubbed in this one. Still the film is worth a watch.–A. R.

       
 
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