Monday Movie Madness: The Sons of Katie Elder



Howdy Posse!


I am more than willing to admit that I am getting a little punchy. P.R. and I have been sequestered with both of us working from home for more than a month now. While I am thoroughly impressed at how well we have gotten along during the virtually constant time together with practically no other in person human interactions, I am more than ready to just have one day out of this house, in the sun, without worrying that some stranger may cough or sneeze near me.


P.R. has taken over almost all of the cooking duties as it is a source of relaxation for P.R. where, while I enjoy cooking too, I am also enjoying having a break from it. I have been spending my time going back and forth between writing and playing Fortnite. P.R. introduced me to this game two weeks ago and I became obsessed. I am already on level 94 and have upgraded all of the agents to ghost team except for Midas and I need to finish three challenges for Maya. I definitely need a day in a park.


But none of that really matters right now as we are gathered here for Monday Movie Madness!! Don't forget to check out the movie snack idea on my Facebook page (<-- click here) to go with today's western classic, The Sons of Katie Elder.


This movie was release in 1965 by Paramout Pictures and had an all-star cast including: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr., Earl Holliman, George Kennedy, Paul Fix, Jeremy Slate, James Gregory, and Dennis Hopper.


This movie was filmed primarily in Mexico on w budget of $6.5 million and grossed $23 million at the box office.


Set in 1898 Clearwater, TX, this movie follows what happens after the death of Katie Elder. She was well-known and loved by the townsfolk. It was also known that she lived in poverty and was neglected by her four sons: John (Wayne) a professional gunman; Tom (Martin) a professional gambler; Bud (Anderson) still in school; and Matt (Hollimann) an unsuccessful hardware dealer. When Katie passes away her boys all return home for her funeral.


At her funeral, the brothers lament how they all failed to live up to their mother's hopes for them. Knowing how the brothers treated their mother, the townsfolk and new sheriff in town are unfriendly to the brothers, especially toward John and Tom. In an attempt to make amends in some way, the brothers decide to pool their money and send their Bud to college.

Soon after the funeral, trouble shows up when a local gunsmith, Morgan Hastings (Gregory) shows up claiming he won ownership of the Elder's ranch and property from their father in a game of cards. Their father was later shot killed. When the brother's put up some resistance, a hired gun (Kennedy) is brought in to deal with them. Meanwhile, the brothers, suspecting foul play in their father's death, start investigating the matter on their own.


When Hastings find out the brothers' are investigating their father's death, he kills the sheriff (Fix) and frames the brothers. The Brother's must now clear their name and see that justice is done if they are to ever finish their quest to do something to honor their mother. The action is well paced and the performances are stellar from this all-star ensemble.


So, now it's time to go get your snacks and settle in for a classic western movie.


Enjoy,

Stephen



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