Agreed. The premise is a little like The Petrified Forest or Key Largo though not as well developed, but McGraw takes it over and you're interested to see what he'll do next.The Threat (1949) NOIR ALLEY film. An actor whom I had not heard of, when I wrote a previous review, becomes prominent in this film. Charles McGraw as an escaped criminal, who swore revenge against the cop & the DA who put him in prison. His name was third from the top on the movie poster, but he was the lead character. Tense, & well done!
1942, actually.Two with Bela Lugosi:
The Corpse Vanishes (1947) BL is stealing the corpses of young brides who collapse at the altar, & essentially transfusing their life force or youth, into his aged wife, which temporally restores her youth.
The Iliad has proven to be hard to make as a movie. Helen of Troy 1956 was serious try , tho alas a bit clumsy.The Trojan Horse (1961)
Steve Reeves is the mighty Trojan warrior Aeneas in this retelling of the Iliad. It begins even more in media res than Homer, with Achilles dragging the body of Hector behind his chariot, having killed the Trojan in revenge for the killing of his beloved friend Patroclus. Aeneas goes with the Trojan King Priam, Hector's father, to claim the body. The Greeks are having athletic games, so this leads to Aeneas battling Ajax, the mightiest Greek warrior, in a no-holds-barred fighting match. Aeneas wins, of course, and the war goes on. As you can see from this brief description of the start of the film, it helps to be familiar with Homer (and maybe also Virgil's Aeneid.) It's a lush production, with impressive sets, costumes, and battles. It's interesting to see lots and lots of characters from the myths of the Trojan War come to life. No supernatural elements, except for the fact that Cassandra makes accurate predictions about the future and only Aeneas believes her. Of note is the fact that there are good and bad folks on both sides. In this version of the story, Helen is a shameless adulteress instead of a captive. Paris is cowardly and treasonous. These two only scheme for themselves. On the Greek side, Achilles is honorable, refusing to join the other Greeks when they break a truce in order to attack the Trojan allies that Aeneas goes off to fetch. Odysseus (called Ulysses here, but I'm going going to go with Homer's version) is a clever and sneaky fellow with no scruples about cheating in order to win the war. Overall, it's quite entertaining.
I found the Buster Scruggs story mildly amusing in its absurdity but the following stories were slow, predictable and dull. I switched it off towards the end and watched a rerun of Inspector Lewis instead.Just watched The Ballad of Buster Scruggs for a second time. Have not seen a better western since the 2010 True Grit.
Tho I did like Hell and High Water and The Homesman.
I suppose nobody saw The Homesman?