Cinema: Bandolero!

As westerns go, this one doesn't. It saddles up a big-name cast, but the giddyap! gets mired in a lot of giddy yapping. The intent was to lighten carnage with comedy; the result is heavy-handed Grand Old Horse Opry.

Desperado Dean Martin and four of his scruffy gunmates are set to swing for murder. The visiting hangman (James Stewart) rides into town looking like Ichabod Crane with a bad case of saddle sores, and cacklingly tells the condemned that they have the kind of "necks that'll snap pretty good." The joke, see, is that...

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