|Glenn Ford and Felicia Farr against the beauty of the West in Jubal (1956).|
Jubal (1956-Delmer Daves) is being shown on Encore Westerns this month. I believe that the vivid print they are airing may be the restored version that was shown at the TCM Classic Film Festival in 2010, though film purists with a technical streak may find the 35mm print somewhat dissatisfying, for reasons that are explained here and because it is being shown in a pan-and-scan mode.
Filmed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, it appears to be magnificent-looking to this movie peasant, leading me to almost smell the mountain air, the wild strawberries, cow patties, and meadow flowers that are captured in every wide-screen vista as photographed by Charles Lawton, Jr., who also worked on the two other Glenn Ford Westerns made with director Delmer Daves, 3:10 to Yuma (1957) and Cowboy (1958). Ford, who was reaching the apogee of his popularity in the '50s, told an interviewer near the end of life:
"Del was a very fine director. I think the three films we did together hold up well, even today. You know, I can't tell you why we had good chemistry. He was always prepared and he knew what he wanted to achieve with a film. I owe Del a lot of credit in my goal to portray a real cowboy, not an actor pretending to be a cowboy. He saw potential in me and I hope I didn't disappoint him."