Double Bill Saturday: "Wild Wild West(ern)":
The Professionals (1966)
Brooks' version of 'The Magnificent Seven' with four powerhouse actors in Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Woody Strode. Tagging along are villain Jack Palance, the beautiful and abducted Claudia Cardinale and Ralph Bellamy as unfortunate husband and you've got yourself an adventure. Shot terrifically in California and Nevada by Conrad L. Hall, 'The Professionals' has some great outlaw moments, but Cardinale's acting, the rushed, all too explanatory ending and definitely the musical score (which pops up sometimes out of nowhere) feel a tiny bit out of place. Nonetheless Technicolor entertainment.