“Guns is all I know.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
… or when Lapp and Randall find themselves forced to marry one another in front of Jory’s irrepressibly quirky Judge Roy Bean:
… and are then doused with water as a playful prank when entering into their hotel suite as newlyweds.
Other scenes, however — particularly the final ones, when Lapp has no choice but to confront Billy Pimple — are more serious.
The tone is ultimately uneven, and isn’t helped any by Harry Betts’s often-intrusive score. A Time for Dying was unfortunately was not a worthy ending to Boetticher’s esteemed career as a director of many fine westerns; film fanatics should look to his earlier works instead.
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