HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
You've Been Trumped Too
Woman in Black, The
Elvis: That's the Way It Is
Man Who Laughs, The
Watch List
Giraffe
Kat and the Band
Echo
Perfect 10
Octaman
Red Penguins
China Syndrome, The
Babyteeth
Round-Up, The
Around the Sun
Once There Was Brasilia
Peripheral
Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street
Ice
She Demons
Good Girls, The
Hail, Hero!
Faces in the Crowd
Tamango
Traitor, The
Tomorrow
Third Generation, The
Saxon Charm, The
Spy Intervention
Moonrise
Mulan
Killer with a Thousand Eyes, The
Vigil, The
Liberation of L.B. Jones, The
Wizard of Baghdad, The
Ride
Good Manners
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Sweet Home
Big Score, The
   
 
Newest Articles
What Use is Grief to a Horse? Equus on Blu-ray
For God's Sake Strap Yourselves Down: Flash Gordon on 4K UHD Collector's Edition
Party Hard: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights in with ABC 2 - Your Faces are All Blurred!
Eve Knew Her Apples: The Lady Eve on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Tempo - Gallery One
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 1 - Welcome Once Again to Manchester!
Transformative Apocalypses: Phase IV and Southland Tales
The Happiest Days of Their Lives: The Guinea Pig on Blu-ray
Faced Poe: Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on Blu-ray
Hard Luck, Buster: The Cameraman on Blu-ray
At the Hop: Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray
Divine Madness: Female Trouble on Blu-ray
Country Matters: Further Out of Town on Blu-ray
Bat-Damn: Was Joel Schumacher's Batman Really That Bad?
The Beat Goes On: Takeshi Kitano Collection on Blu-ray
Dream Treats: Scorsese Shorts on Blu-ray
It's Only Money: Laughter in Paradise on Blu-ray
A Regular Terpsichore: Dance, Girl, Dance on Blu-ray
Teenage Trauma: Baby Love on Blu-ray
The Happening: Pet Shop Boys It Couldn't Happen Here on Blu-ray
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
   
 
  Lion and the Horse, The There's A Lion And A Horse In It
Year: 1952
Director: Louis King
Stars: Steve Cochran, Wildfire the Horse, Ray Teal, Bob Steele, Harry Antrim, George O'Hanlon, Sherry Jackson, Ed Hinton, William Fawcett, House Peters Jr, Lee Roberts, Lane Chandler, Charles Stevens, Jack Williams, Tom Tyler, Billy Dix, Stephen Peck
Genre: WesternBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: Ben Kirby (Steve Cochran) was part of a team who captured and tamed wild horses in the Wyoming region, but one day he was out with them and they spotted a black stallion (Wildfire) which fascinated them, especially how resourceful it was when it came to protecting its herd. It was such a magnificent specimen that they had to tame it, and Ben in particular wanted the horse all to himself, so after a long battle where he lassoed it and was dragged through a river and over the land, he managed to calm the beast down. He then set about rendering it more amenable to human contact, which involved fencing the animal off in a huge cave and giving it food and water; pretty soon it was beginning to get used to Ben...

The Lion and the Horse was one of nearly a hundred movies directed by Louis King, many of them Westerns which he especially loved to craft, being an outdoorsy type in his work. A dedicated, workmanlike talent, maybe he never made a classic, but his efforts were appreciated at the time, and this piece was one of those that picked up a following for its family friendly appearance, firing up the imaginations of many kids who watched it. Much of that could be put down to the strong hint the title offers you of what was in store, it was not messing about, the grand finale really did feature a lion squaring off against a horse, though the special effects that were brought to bear to create the sequence left something to be desired.

No, they didn't simply place a lion and a horse in a ring and film the results, there were animal safety regulations in place even in the far-off Hollywood of 1952, although the scenes where Wildfire (in his sole screen appearance) was tamed or hassled by overbearing humans were fairly strong stuff; either the horse was a well-trained actor or it was seriously pissed off during those bits, and you would hope it was the former. The ethics of taking wild horses and taming them were delved into, that said somewhat predictably the film didn't find anything wrong with Ben's breaking of Wildfire when he obviously was a nature lover and "at one" with the land, so that excused him. Besides, the rodeo owner who swindles him out of the beast behind his back was presented as so much worse, in comparison Ben was a pussycat.

This was curious as he was played by Cochran, a bad boy fixture of the tabloid press whose womanising ways were often the subject of the gossip columns. He was used to playing villains, yet here he was essaying someone thoroughly decent, if rugged and strong-willed, and it truly suited him, to the extent that you could well understand what all those female conquests saw in him (check out his life story to find out more about the bizarre mystery of his ocean-going death, surrounded by women. Well, two women and one teenage girl. Oh dear). He was not given a romantic lead here, perhaps indicating the kiddie matinee destination of the movie, but he did have a female who adored him in the shape of ten-year-old Sherry Jackson, before her blossoming into bombshell roles later in the sixties, and there was a very sweet rapport between them that also showed Cochran off to his advantage. All in all, one of those films that looked bog standard but turned out surprisingly engrossing, not a bad state to be in. Music by Max Steiner.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 370 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (2)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: