Cahill U.S. Marshal

1973

Action / Drama / Western

7
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 65%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 5070

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John Wayne as J. D. Cahill
George Kennedy as Fraser
Jackie Coogan as Charlie
Paul Fix as Old Man
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Wuchak 5 / 10

What happens when an Old West Marshal neglects his two sons

Released in 1973 and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, "Cahill United States Marshal" is a Western starring John Wayne as the titular marshal and Neville Brand as his half-Native tracker in the Southwest. Widower Cahill is so busy with his work that he's neglectful of his two sons, 10 and 17, and thus they veer toward delinquency, hooking up with a group of ne'er-do-wells (led by George Kennedy). After getting away with robbing a bank, the sons must deal with the moral conundrum of a (dubious) group of men being hanged for a crime they didn't commit.

The Duke had some great or near great Westerns in the final two decades of his career (e.g. "The Horse Soldiers," "The Alamo," "The Comancheros," "El Dorado," "True Grit," "The Cowboys," "The Train Robbers" and "Rooster Cogburn"), but "Cahill" isn't one of 'em. While I appreciate that Wayne tried to do something different by having the story focus on the ramifications of his neglected kids, the movie simply isn't very compelling and the boys aren't interesting as characters. It doesn't help that Kennedy is decidedly cartoony as the villain. Disregarding the awesome Western locations, the storytelling smacks of a 60s or 70's TV show Western.

Yet, if you're a Duke fan, "Cahill" is mandatory viewing. The relationship between Cahill and the tracker (Brand) is a highlight, as is the Western scenery. Speaking of the latter, the movie is further hampered by three nighttime sequences obviously shot in the studio, which appear at the beginning, middle and end, but that's a minor cavil.

The film runs 103 minutes and was shot in Sonora, Mexico; Arizona; and Calderon Ranch, California. The screenplay was written by Harry & Rita Fink based on Barney Slater's story.

GRADE: C

Reviewed by MattyGibbs 6 / 10

Not one of Wayne's finest films

This is a typically glossy late John Wayne western. Wayne plays Cahill a US Marshall whose job has meant that he has somewhat neglected his kids. When they decide to rob a bank with the help of George Kennedy and his gang they find themselves in trouble.

John Wayne looks pretty tired in this although he still has a great screen presence. The film is essentially about a man's relationship with his sons and as such there is relatively little action. This is itself is no bad thing but it's just that the plot is a little too thin to carry the film. As a result it's just intermittently interesting mainly when George Kennedy is on screen.

This is John Wayne in reflective mood but it's just not comparable to his great performance in the brilliant 'The Shootist'.

Overall although watchable there's just not enough of interest here to make this anything but an average western.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 7 / 10

"Pa, you never told me a promise before".

Upon reflection, there aren't that many Westerns I can call to mind that explore the divide between the film's hero and his sons. Both versions of "3:10 to Yuma" did a decent job of it, and once this story gets under way, it becomes apparent that J.D. Cahill (John Wayne) has some work to do to build up his parental bona fides with sons Daniel (Gary Grimes) and Billie Joe (Clay O'Brien). Just for the heck of it, I'm going to take a stab at Cahill's initials, there was one scene in which a sign indicated the 'Jefferson Davis County Jail', so I'm betting J.D. was named after Jefferson Davis. If anyone knows otherwise, I'll stand corrected.

I just watched the Clint Eastwood film "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" so I had to do a double take when Neville Brand's character was introduced as the half breed Lightfoot. I was all set for him to smack Danny around after J.D. warned his son not to use the derogatory term, you would think Danny would have learned his lesson earlier in the story when introduced to the Mrs. Sometimes you just need to get knocked off your high horse to see things more clearly.

That scene actually had me reflecting on how times have changed since the Sixties and Seventies, and how a character like Cahill today would be considered a bully and an unfit parent. And maybe more to the point, how impressionable college students viewing the film today might need a safe room to watch it in. In the real world there are enough characters like Abe Fraser (George Kennedy) in charge in enough places to make things uncomfortable when it comes to entering the modern day work force, and I don't know if graduates today are being properly prepared for it. Just my little digression there.

Say, here' something I've been waiting for a long time to see in a Western. Denver Pyle portrays a character named Denver, I wonder why it took so long. And what exactly was that animal that Royal Dano's character sold to Cahill? It looked like a mangy horse but brayed like a donkey and acted like a mule.

Best line of story came early when J.D. hired Lightfoot to be his tracker - "I'll track, any killin', you do it. Might be friends of mine". Sort of puts old time Western relationships in perspective, doesn't it?

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