Alvarez Kelly (1966)

Alvarez Kelly was directed by Edward Dmytryk. Dmytrky was a member of the Hollywood Ten, he served time in prison for being in contempt of Congress during the McCarthy trials. After a months he testify again, and gave the names of his fellow members in the American Communist Party. This kept directing low budget films till he did “The Caine Mutiny” (1954).

Alvarez Kelly (1966)

Alvarez Kelly (1966)

Cattleman Alvarez Kelly (William Holden) is contracted to deliver a herd of Mexican cattle to the Union Army in Virginia. At the end of the cattle drive, Kelly is kidnapped by Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter (Richard Widmark). The Confederacy wants the cattle to feed its soldiers in Richmond. They want Kelly to help them steal the herd and drive it to Richmond. Star Trek’s Harry Mudd has a small part as Captain Fergusson(Roger C. Carmel) a blockade runner.

Holden and Widmark are both older men in this movie, both play cynical men. One that cares only about the South and one that cares only for himself. With all the talent, you would expect a great movie, it’s not. It’s not terrible, but it’s not up to the standards of the people making the film. Passed their prime or did they just get lazy on this one?

“God deliver me from dedicated men.”

06/10——Great actors playing in an OK film.