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cheyenne autumn (1964) – a review

Cheyenne Autumn was made in 1964. John Ford directed the movie and we are looking at two interchanges between actors James Stewart and Elizabeth Allen. This will only take about 15 minutes.

Stewart plays Wyatt Earp – LAWMAN, and Allen plays  Guinevere Plantangenet.

< .. Here’s Elizabeth.

We’re in the bar, it’s busy.

Guinevere is watching Wyatt playing cards with Doc Holliday – she knows him from Wichita, but he, Earp, doesn’t remember her.

Earp was The Lawman there too, and like all upright men with government issued side-arms he would have had some spare time to play stud, drink a little whisky and pay polite attention to the working ladies about town.

This is part of a 15 minute comic scene that Warner Bros chopped from the first release of the  movie. Not being proper authentic enough. Not good box office.

Guinevere gets histrionic when The Lawman doesn’t acknowledge their former relationship, he would rather see his hand through. The lady is a stand-out  with her range of $3,500 Dior outfits and $200 hair.  Earp is dapper little serial killer in a sharp seersucker outfit, white hat and queen high straight and he really does try hard to remember Guinevere’s face – gives her some long gazes while she vents. But all to no avail, Earp does not remember her face. We are almost at the Clinton Lewinsky stage of denial here.

Earp bets two silver stacks.

One thing about James Stewart though, actor or not, when he says no everyone should walk away. Truth.

Then the plot thickens  – the US army leaves town because the Cheyenne are massing on the horizon – everyone who is white panics.


Wyatt Earp and some other fellow are in a horse drawn carriage scarpering hard down the dusty roads, away from / or towards something violent – and there’s the hysterical Ms. Plantangenet reeling around on the dusty plain, on foot. Just over there. Maybe she took a cab to get there so quick.

– and now she’s gone over. Arse over buckle.

We see long legs and knickers, white ones. Granny style.

– And, she’s ripped her dress. Wild Indians !!!

Earp stops the carriage, somebody not a wild indian helps the stricken lady into the carriage.

Then everything goes pear-shaped. Or upside down, because both her feet up on Wyatt Earp’s chest.


Despite the mayhem, he {Earp}, cannot but help to look down upon the comely damsel so hurriedly crammed at his feet – and who must have suffered a loss of intimate white apparel because it is only now, amidst the retributive carnage of the displaced Cheyenne Nation who are fighting their way back to their ancestral homelands, that he finally raises his head to his companion and says –

‘ Y’know, I think I do remember her now. ‘


3 Comments Post a comment
  1. joe green #

    all men like a good beaver

    June 12, 2012
    • Ben #

      Nasty rough man. I mean Wyatt not Joe…obviously.

      June 15, 2012
  2. sjh #

    rough hand rubs his chin yep well ya know i always wondered what she looked like front on

    June 22, 2012

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