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Plot: In New Mexico, a Confederate veteran returns home to find his fiancée married to a Union soldier, his Yankee neighbors rallied against him and his property sold by the local banker who then hires a gunman to kill him.
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A Western with Asperations
Largely on the strength of ‘Al Capone’ (1959), director Richard Wilson was considered sufficiently noteworthy during the mid-sixties to rate an entry in the Thames & Hudson ‘Encyclopedia of the Arts’ (1966).
This talky, awe-inspiringly pretentious ‘adult’ western (scripted by Wilson and his wife Elizabeth) that a few years earlier would have signalled it’s seriousness by being in black & white (like ‘High Noon’ or ‘3:10 to Yuma’) is instead shot in incongruously pretty colour by veteran cameraman Joe MacDonald on the Universal backlot, where Brynner later trashes the already flimsy-looking sets with suspicious ease.
Based on a 1957 TV play, it was made too early to be influenced by Sergio Leone, but was obviously influenced (as was Leone himself) by the samurai films of Kurosawa.
The cast was largely recruited from TV and the New York stage, some of whom – like George Segal and Strother Martin – became more familiar a few more years later; while David Raksin’s woodwind score lingers in the memory.
Brynner makes the difference here.
Co-star George Segal gives a creditable performance as Matt Weaver, the one Reb soldier in a Union town who returns home from the war to find his house and woman taken away from him. When he is later thought to have killed homesteader John Medford (an unbilled Russell “The Professor” Johnson), the townspeople agree to hire a gunslinger to eliminate Matt. The man they hire is a smooth Creole with the fancy name of Jules Gaspard D’Estaing (Yul Brynner). Jules doesn’t really like the place, or the people, but he hangs around long enough to take their money, and ultimately go to war with his own conscience.
What this viewer appreciated about “Invitation to a Gunfighter” was the fact that it didn’t play out in an obvious, formulaic way. It’s definitely a Western with a social conscience, taking place in a supposedly enlightened town where racism can still be revealed in modest ways. The screenplay is by producer / director Richard Wilson (“Man with the Gun”) and his wife Elizabeth, working from an adaptation (by future ‘Night Gallery’ veteran Alvin Sapinsley) of a story by Hal Goodman & Larry Klein. There is a fair amount of nuance here, and not just gun fighting. Most unexpected was the drunken rampage that our hired killer goes on in the final third of the picture. What we learn from the evolving storyline is how things are not always the way that they appear to be.
Brynner, as always, has a very commanding screen presence. If other viewers overall don’t care much for the film, they can at least agree that it delivers for fans of the star. Janice Rule has definite appeal as the wife of the local storekeeper (Clifford David); other familiar faces appearing throughout include Strother Martin, Clifton James, Brad Dexter (one of Brynners’ co-stars in “The Magnificent Seven”), Mike Kellin, Bert Freed, and William Hickey. Pat Hingle is excellent as the town boss who knows just how to keep his citizens riled up and passionate. Future big-time cinematographer John A. Alonzo (who’d also acted in “The Magnificent Seven”) plays Manuel here.
In general, “Invitation to a Gunfighter” makes for reasonably interesting viewing, and is paced quite efficiently, clocking in at a little over an hour and a half.
Seven out of 10.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Romance, Western
Director Richard Wilson
Writer Alvin Sapinsley, Hal Goodman, Larry Klein
Actors Yul Brynner, Janice Rule, George Segal
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Laboratory DeLuxe (color by) (as De Luxe)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm