Red Garters

  • 1954
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical, Western

RED GARTERS is a very good idea that goes flat near the end. They intended it as a western spoof and, to that end, used special stagelike sets (the film was Oscar nominated for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration) that look better suited for a musical play than for a movie. To really appreciate the satire, one must be a fan of the genre. The cavalry does...read more

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RED GARTERS is a very good idea that goes flat near the end. They intended it as a western spoof and, to that end, used special stagelike sets (the film was Oscar nominated for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration) that look better suited for a musical play than for a movie. To really

appreciate the satire, one must be a fan of the genre. The cavalry does not arrive on time, the hero does not win the gunfights at the finale, etc. Audiences stayed away in posses from this movie, while a straight musical oater, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, cleaned up at the box office the

same year. The place is Paradise Lost, a little town in Limbo County, California. Mitchell is an amiable cowpoke who comes to town to avenge the death of his brother, who is being buried at that moment in a gala barbecue funeral. A few people are suspected of having done the deed, and Mitchell

investigates them all. At the same time, Clooney, a saloon owner-singer, has been seeing Carson, the local lawyer, and she uses Mitchell's presence to get Carson jealous. Mitchell has his eye on Crowley while Barry, a gunslinger, falls for Gilbert, an Easterner who has also come to town. There's a

triple wedding at the end with all the aforementioned mating. That's about the size of the story, but it's the details that make it worth seeing. The stylistic use of flat sets with all props and costumes in garish colors serves to make RED GARTERS look like a regular version of a film that was

made in 3-D (which it wasn't). Jay Livingston and Ray Evans had written "Buttons and Bows" a few years before and hoped that one of the songs they wrote for this film would do as well. None did. The songs include: "A Dime and a Dollar," "Meet a Happy Guy," "Vaquero" (sung by Mitchell), "Lady

Killer," "Good Intentions," "Bad News," "Brave Man," "Red Garters" (sung by Clooney), "Man and Woman" (sung by Mitchell and Clooney), "This Is Greater Than I Thought" (sung by Gilbert), plus "Big Doin's."

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