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Angel and the Badman

1947 American western starring John Wayne, Gail Russell among others. Quirt Evans (John Wayne) comes to Worth’s farm in an injured state. The Worth family who are Quakers who believe in non violence tend to him and nurse him to health. Their daughter Penelope (Gail Russell) develops fond feelings for him. But Quirt has a past to catch up with and that past comes back to the Worth ranch to settle the dues. Against him are a bunch of no gooders who steal cattle and loot. Exciting second half of the movie when matters start stirring up. Excellent action scenes involving the horses and riders in rough country. Some great chase sequences there. Cinematography is quite brilliant for a movie made in 1947. The movie was originally made in black and white but somebody put colour into it through artificial intelligence and it has come out very well. John Wayne looks old and jaded in the movie while Gail Russell looked fresh. It was a pity that Gail Russell had such a short and tragic life.

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The High and the Mighty

The High and the Mighty by Ernest K. Gann is an aviation thriller much on the likes of Airport by Arthur Hailey. Everything that could possibly go wrong on a commercial aircraft going out of Honlulu to San Francisco did go wrong in this flight. There were 21 passengers on board, so it was a much smaller aircraft and the story is much before the booming & large commercial airliners the size of dinosaurs. Co Pilot Dan Roman has had a previous escapade in another flight when he was a captain and that ended in a tragedy. So it was a comeback of sorts for him to be a co pilot at his age. The weatherman actually predicted grave weather to the pilot but he paid scant respect. Things start to go wrong during the flight, when one of the engine fails and fuel leaks. That plus the lousy weather conditions going into San Francisco makes for a courageous landing. All elements of emotion, drama, fiction here in this book.

This novel was made into a movie in 1954 starring John Wayne as Dan Roman. Goodreads 4/5

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