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A Movie A Day: Quint sees Newman as Billy The Kid in THE LEFT HANDED GUN (1958)
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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s installment of A Movie A Day. [For those now joining us, A Movie A Day is my attempt at filling in gaps in my film knowledge. My DVD collection is thousands strong, many of them films I haven’t seen yet, but picked up as I scoured used DVD stores. Each day I’ll pull a previously unseen film from my collection and discuss it here. Each movie will have some sort of connection to the one before it, be it cast or crew member.] Today’s movie is THE LEFT HANDED GUN starring Paul Newman as Billy The Kid. This is notable for being Arthur Penn’s first film based on a Gore Vidal play and that’s about it. I don’t know what the hell Paul Newman was drinking/smoking/injecting throughout the filming of this picture, but he gives perhaps the most off-note performance I’ve ever seen. Of course, that’s still Paul Newman giving the performance so there’s still a level of charm to it (as compared with his buddies in the movie who just overact to a ridiculous extreme). Everybody knows the story of Billy The Kid and Pat Garrett, but this is perhaps the dullest version of that story I’ve ever seen. It got so bad that my buddy Rav and I ended up switching the dialogue track to French and turning on the English subtitles… and it made a huge difference. Suddenly the overacting was gone and the story became much more interesting, the performances playing so much better in my mind. So, I might not be able to claim a legitimate viewing of this film, but damn it… I still watched it from beginning to end, all 102 long, long, long minutes of it. The schedule for the next 7 days is: Saturday, June 28th: CALIGULA (1980) Sunday, June 29th: THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980) Monday, June 30th: THE GOOD FATHER (1987) Tuesday, July 1st: SHOCK TREATMENT (1981) Wednesday, July 2nd: FLASHBACK (1990) Thursday, July 3rd: KLUTE (1971) Friday, July 4th: ON GOLDEN POND (1982) Tomorrow we jump to a completely different movie, written by the originator of the play THE LEFT HANDED GUN was based on, the infamous debauchery-ridden CALIGULA. See you folks then. -Quint

Previous Movies: June 2nd: Harper
June 3rd: The Drowning Pool
June 4th: Papillon
June 5th: Gun Crazy
June 6th: Never So Few
June 7th: A Hole In The Head
June 8th: Some Came Running
June 9th: Rio Bravo
June 10th: Point Blank
June 11th: Pocket Money
June 12th: Cool Hand Luke
June 13th: The Asphalt Jungle
June 14th: Clash By Night
June 15th: Scarlet Street
June 16th: Killer Bait (aka Too Late For Tears)
June 17th: Robinson Crusoe On Mars
June 18th: City For Conquest
June 19th: San Quentin
June 20th: 42nd Street
June 21st: Dames
June 22nd: Gold Diggers of 1935
June 23rd: Murder, My Sweet
June 24th: Born To Kill
June 25th: The Sound of Music
June 26th: Torn Curtain

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