Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, and Walter Brennan make this movie (in my opinion). In fact, as far as I’m concerned you could have named it Dude, Feathers, and Stumpy instead of Rio Bravo.

Expert Author Joi Sigers
Hey pallies, we're back 'gain with a second helpin' of marvelous movie reviews supremely scribed by  Miss Joi Sieger  at her bodacious blog tagged "Hollywood Yesterday."  Yester-Dino-day we were proudly privileged to share Miss Sieger (and her cat Nacho's) awesome appreciato for that Dino and Jerry fun flick "The Stooge.  And likes as often happens, we simply have to do a bit of research in Miss Joi's backlog of posts to see if she had shared wise words on other Dino-epics.

Likes we discovered in part of her bio material that the Dino-classic western "Rio Bravo" is one of her fav flicks, so it came as no huge surprise that  in May of 2017 she had ravin'ly reviewed "Rio Bravo" for her readership.  That review is shared below.   While Miss Sieger words are few on any of the swank stars of this truly classic of classic wonderful western, we were powerfully psyched that she creatively would have tagged it " Dude, Feathers, and Stumpy instead of Rio Bravo" referrin' to hope mucho she digs our Dino, Miss Angie, and Mr. Brennan.

One of the reasons that we have chosen to share her post is 'cause she shared a number of fun facts 'bout this silver screen epic under the headin' of "Rio Bravo Trivia."  We learned a number of facts 'bout the film that we had not read before.  Interestin'ly 'nough Miss Sieger doesn't share any of the cool Dino-details how our great man got the part of Dude.

We thanks Miss Joi Sieger of "Hollywood Yesterday" for this wonderful write-up on "Rio Bravo" and hopes that she will offer more rare reviews of other Dino-flicks as well.  It would be incredibly intriguin' to us if she offered he thoughts on our Dino as swingin' spyster Matt Helm.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.

We Remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Rio Bravo Trivia, Movie Poster, and Video Clip

Rio Bravo Movie Poster
Rio Bravo Movie Poster

Every now and then I get an overwhelming urge to watch a particular movie. Sometimes it’s a musical like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Oklahoma, Wizard of Oz, or My Fair Lady. Other times it’s a classic like Gone With the Wind, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Casablanca, or Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Other times, the only thing that I want from life is an evening with an Abbot and Costello or the Three Stooges.

In all honesty, however, the type of movie I crave time with the most often is a good old-fashioned Western – specifically a John Wayne Western. And if we’re going to get even more specific.. it’s usually Rio Bravo, El Dorado, or Rio Grande that I need in my life!

While I love all three, if I had to choose one it’d be Rio Bravo. Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, and Walter Brennan make this movie (in my opinion). In fact, as far as I’m concerned you could have named it Dude, Feathers, and Stumpy instead of Rio Bravo.

Okay, maybe that’s going a little far, but you get the idea. How Hollywood kept from putting Angie Dickinson in more starring roles is beyond me. She’s the perfect combination of talent and beauty. Well, she’s the perfect combination of a lot of things, but we won’t get into that right now!

Rio Bravo Trivia

The sets were built to 7/8th scale which allows the stars to appear larger than life.

Claude Akins recalled that during filming all the actors found themselves starting to talk like the Duke. John Wayne wasn’t amused.

Ricky Nelson turned 18 years old just days into shooting the movie.

Rio Bravo is included on Roger Ebert’s “Great Movies” list.

Director Howard Hawks wanted an actor in the role of Colorado who would draw teenagers. Allegedly, his first choice for the role was Elvis Presley. While Elvis was interested in the role (some people even say he was pretty excited about it), his manager (Colonel Tom Parker) not only wanted too much money but also top billing.  Can you imagine – billing over The Duke?! Not happening.

Although Rio Bravo was actually a 1959 release, the opening credits say 1958.

Walter Brennan once said that, after Rio Bravo, when people would meet him for the first time, they’d expect him to limp like Stumpy. He said he just chalked it up to good acting – after all he had to remember which leg to limp on in each scene!

For most of the film Chance (John Wayne) has the front of his cowboy hat turned up to make him look friendlier and more approachable. However at the point in the movie where Chance has to stand up to the villain, the front of the hat is turned down, making him appear more menacing and tough.

For the first four minutes of the film, (including credits), there is no dialogue.

Included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

Angie Dickinson was cast in the role of Feathers after Howard Hawks saw her on an episode of Perry Mason.

Rio Bravo was HUGE in Italy. It actually led the way for the legendary (and fun) Spaghetti Westerns era.

Members of the Western Writers of America chose “My Rifle, My Pony, and Me” as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. (Video Below)

Rio Bravo singing scene with Dean Martin & Ricky Nelson:


Danny G. said...

Great info! Definitely my all time Fave western! Good read!

blueiscoool said...

This is such a great movie and one of the best western films ever made. In my opinion this is some of Dean's best acting work and a classic movie all around. This is a great blog read, a wonderful posting DMP!

Have a great week.


dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Danny-o, trust that we can sez that this this the "all time Fave western!" of all true Dino-holics. Keeps lovin' 'n sharin' our most beloved DINO!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Scotty-o, we are perfectly pleased that you are on the same Dino-page as Dino-holics everywhere in seein' just how marvelously magnificent our Dino's awesome actin' is in "Rio Bravo." Keeps lovin' lovin' lovin' our most most most beloved DINO!