The four-movie box sells for $39.99 through Turner Classic Movies' site.
The official word: There are few personalities in Hollywood history – or even American history – to compare with Audie Murphy. After becoming the most decorated American soldier in World War II, Murphy built a career as one of Hollywood’s most popular screen heroes. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE) are proud to present four of Murphy’s most acclaimed westerns – Sierra (1950), Ride Clear of Diablo (1954), Drums Across the River (1954) and Ride a Crooked Trail (1958) – all digitally re-mastered and coming to DVD for the first time ever.
The four-DVD Audie Murphy Westerns Collection, part of the TCM Vault Collection, features extensive on-screen bonus materials, including photos, posters, lobby cards and more. The set will be available for a limited time, exclusively through TCM’s online store at http://tcm.com/vault, beginning June 6.
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The Audie Murphy Westerns Collection contains:
• Sierra (1950) – Dean Jagger and Audie Murphy play father and son who head to the hills after Jagger is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Wanda Hendrix plays the lawyer determined to clear Jagger’s name. This western, based on a novel by Stuart Hardy, is a remake of the 1938 film Forbidden Valley. A young Tony Curtis plays a small role. (Curtis would later become Murphy’s first choice to star in To Hell and Back, but Murphy wound up playing himself in that movie.)
• Ride Clear of Diablo (1954) – Murphy plays a man who seeks revenge for the murder of his father and brother. Paul Birch and William Pullen play the corrupt sheriff and seedy lawyer responsible for the deaths. Jesse Hibbs provides tight direction for this western drama co-starring Dan Duryea, Susan Cabot, Russell Johnson, Jack Elam and Denver Pyle, with great color cinematography by Irving Glassberg.
• Drums Across the River (1954) – Murphy is framed for the robbery of a gold shipment and sets out to clear his name before the hangman’s noose can get him. Walter Brennan co-stars as his father, with Lyle Bettger as the villain. Lisa Gaye, Jay Silverheels and Regis Toomey co-star.
• Ride a Crooked Trail (1958) – After robbing a bank, Murphy enters Little Rock only to be mistaken for the new marshal. Walter Matthau plays a tipsy judge, while Gia Scala plays Murphy’s Creole love interest. Harold Lipstein’s color cinematography stands out in this western co-starring Henry Silva, Joanna Moore and Eddie Little.
Audie Murphy, the most decorated American soldier of World War II, parlayed his celebrity, boyish good looks and natural manner into a successful Hollywood career that encompassed 44 feature films, 33 of them westerns. He also enjoyed success as a composer of country music and as the author of To Hell and Back, a 1949 memoir of his wartime experiences that was filmed in 1955 with Murphy playing himself.
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