Wednesday, April 08, 2015

James Best RIP

I was sorry to learn of the death of the underrated character actor James Best, but even more upset to see that his obituaries, which focused on his lengthy stint on The Dukes of Hazzard and, at least in the ones I read, neglected to mention his pivotal work for Samuel Fuller in Verboten! and Shock Corridor, and for Budd Boetticher in Ride Lonesome. His filmography is long, filled with work on TV westerns -- some of them quite good like Have Gun, Will Travel -- and WWII series like Combat!, but those three films stand out, and he is damned good in them.

James Best lays down the law in Verboten!

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