Review: ‘Rooster Cogburn’

Roosterr Cogburn has the exciting charisma of John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn, plus the memories of Wayne's Oscar-winning performance in True Grit.

Roosterr Cogburn has the exciting charisma of John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn, plus the memories of Wayne’s Oscar-winning performance in True Grit.

The title is based on the character from Charles Portis’ novel True Grit, which picks up judge John McIntyre after another trigger-happy foulup. But outlaw Richard Jordan and gang, aided by Anthony Zerbe, Wayne’s onetime scout, is acting up, causing several deaths including that of preacher Jon Lormer, survived by spinster daughter Hepburn and Indian lad Richard Romancito. Latter pair join reinstated marshal Wayne to track down the bad guys.

A little artfulness, a little creativity, a little subtlety could work wonders. Like Jordan not chewing up the scenery like a silent pix heavy. Like Hepburn and Wayne not doing a frontier version of The Bickersons. Like not shoe-horning The African Queen plot line into this script.

Rooster Cogburn

Production

Universal. Director Stuart Millar; Producer Hal B. Wallis; Screenplay Martin Julien; Camera Harry Stradling Jr; Editor Robert Swink; Music Laurence Rosenthal; Art Director Preston Ames

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

John Wayne Katharine Hepburn Anthony Zerbe Richard Jordan John McIntyre Strother Martin

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