It seems I’m on a bit of a “young Kurt Russell” roll here. I hadn’t really intended to be, but when channel surfing tonight, I came across Guns of Diablo, a 1965 film which not only features Russell, but another of my favorite actors, Charles Bronson. Well, with a pairing like that, I had to satisfy my curiosity. I was fairly optimistic, but it would seem in this case my optimism was a bit misplaced.
As it turns out, this Boris Sagal film isn’t exactly a film. Or rather, it wasn’t originally. It was edited from a pair of episodes from the television series, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, a western boy-adventure series that lasted one season. And the film most definitely shows its roots there, although for the duration of the film the focus isn’t so much on Jaimie (Russell) as it is on the wagon-master, Linc Murdock (Bronson). Continue reading