Pic of the Day: “The Gunfight at Dodge City” revisited

Closing out the week is another look at The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959), featuring Joel McCrea as legendary lawman Bat Masterson. Crooked deputy Forbes is rather miffed at finding himself locked out of a meeting between Masterson and his boss, equally crooked Sheriff Jim Regan (Don Haggerty).

The Gunfight at Dodge City


Gunfight was directed by Joseph M. Newman, who had directed Tim three years earlier in Flight to Hong Kong (1956). His most famous film is perhaps the sci-fi classic This Island Earth (1955). It’s been discovered, however, that Jack Arnold (It Came From Outer Space) ended up re-shooting almost half of the film after the studio found itself dissatisfied with Newman’s results. Arnold received no on-screen credit for his work, much like Tim in Gunfight. Time to give credit where credit is due.

Pic of the Day: “Change of Habit” revisited

Better late than never, today’s pic revisits Change of Habit (1969), Elvis Presley‘s last feature film. Timothy’s grocery store manager is about to give Sister Barbara (Jane Elliot) a deal on a mop handle, not realizing that she is his activist nemesis.

Change of Habit

This was also the last feature film for Richard Carlson, who portrays the nuns’ superior Bishop Finley. Most remember him from such 1950s horror/sci-fi classics as Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and The Magnetic Monster (1953). He also did several educational shorts for Bell Labs that were directed and/or co-written by Frank Capra.