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Friday, July 11, 1969
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John Wayne and
By DREW BOGEMA story line, the decision is also made to
What would you do if you were Hal forego stylistic experimentation and
Wallis and you had just outbid John photographic or editorial trickery. In-
Wayne fQr the production rights to stead, you, Hathaway, and screenwrit-
Charles Portis's runaway best-seller er Marguerite Roberts, decide to pre-
True Grit? sent True Grit in the traditional mode
as an action-packed, suspenseful, yet al-
irtof all, you'd eedrn gfnrst rate ways humorous drama of Mattie's search
director from the Western genre, one for vengence.
who could squeeze f r o m Portis's de- And, because the story line is a bit
lightful and entertaining tale all of the snort for a full-length motion-picture,
dogged determination of Mattie Ross, yoit attept expanitet
who at fourteen decides to hire Rooster you might attempt to expand its length
through spacing the adventure with the
and who mcapture the drifter anch- picturesque beauty of Montrose, Colo-
h an wh meed herfaherkn, rty, rado, or the Dallas Divide, or the Blue
accompany this mean, reckless, crusty, Mesa Reservation.
bastard of a federal marshal in his pur- As forcatin.
suit ~ As for casting, you'd need an actress
suit. who could double for a fourteen-year
And, because you'd wish to retain as old kid with all the spunk, drive, and
inuch control over the production of grit that Portis gave to h i s heroine.
the movie as you can, because Howard And, because none of the current crop
Hawks or John Ford want too much of child actresses seem to have that sort
money or are busy in other films, you of ability you heist Kim Darby off the
hire the less appreciated y e t equally tube. To compensate for her 1 a c k of
talented Henry Hathaway. drawing power at the box office you
Hathaway and you decide that the oast Glen Campbell to play the lanky,
most essential item to be retainedfrom vain, dandy of a Texas Ranger.
the novel is the archaic, campy, y e t And, finally, as your crowning glory,
somewhat stilted dialogue of backwoods knowing full well that John Wayne is
Victorian Arkansas vintage. Confront- eating his heart out to play the vicious,
ed w I t h Portis's linear unfolding of ignorant, bandit turned marshall, you
hire him as Rooster Cogburn. Quite un-
expectedly, Wayne turns out the best
performance of his carder, easily off-
setting the inadequacies of Darby and
Campbell, perhaps because the char-
acter is so close to the roles the Duke
has talen all his life minus the g ory
and glamor, perhaps because more than
anything he plays a drunken tinhorn of
a fool who somehow turns out to be
quite a hero.
The result is a sparkling, highly pol-
ished adventure that Ford or Hawks
would have been proud to direct. Hath-
away illustrates a keen perception of
exactly what is needed for action scenes,
which are interspersed with such skill
as to maintain a tension-ridden atmos-
phere throughout the entire movie. The
photography is first-rate, the scenery
admirably chosen, the final shoot-out
Hathaway's finest talent is employed
in muting the few inadequacies that
mar the film. The story line at times
does go slack when the lush greenery
overly preoccupies the editing, but Hath-
away has made sure that in each case
some progression of plot is involved -
however insignificant. Kim Da-rby ap-
pears too well-developed, t o o pretty,
with too little bluster and familiarity
with the speech patterns of the Arkan-
sas backwoodsman. Glen Campbell also
has difficulty with the Arkansas way of
speech, and his first acting performance
is not that distinguished. But s t i11,
whenever True Grit seems momentarily
to go stale, Hathaway p ulis out his
magical trump card of a strong John
Wayne acting performance.
Wayne's huge, burly y e t fattening
frame, his booming voice, his familiarity
with mannerism and gesture, his start-
led demeanor when taxed with the nev-
er-ending common sense of Mattie give
the adventure a life, a vitality, and a
spirit that sets it far apart from the
typical fare of American westerns.
As the coarse, craggy, yet peculiarly
lovable marshal, he single-handedly
outshoots and captures four desperate
outlaws, saves Mattie's life from the
drifter and rattlesnakes, but also de-
lightfully falls off his mount after a
drunken spree and manages to be con-
stantly outwitted by the shrewd mind
of Mattie. What a pair!
What we have here, th'en, is the clev-
erest adaptation of a tired overworked
medium that we have seen since Rio
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