Jeff Arnold’s West

The blog of a Western fan, for other Western fans

The Man from Button Willow (United Screen Arts, 1965)

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A bit of a yawn
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Not, I fear, Dale Robertson’s finest hour, this is an overlong cartoon Western which would have appealed in the mid-1960s to those perhaps between five and ten years of age but no one else, really.

 

Dale introduces it in the flesh – well, on celluloid in the flesh – and tells us that it is a story about evil men buying up land on the route of the trans-continental railroads and selling it to the government for a profit. This is apparently a heinous crime and very unpatriotic.
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Desperately trying to boost sales of a dud
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But actually, it only has such a plot peripherally. Mostly it’s set in Dale’s very palatial farm, Eagle’s Nest, where the anthropomorphic cartoon animals have adventures.
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About the best of the animals
 
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Only at the end of the 81-minute picture does Dale become a secret agent and foil the wicked scheme by rescuing a senator from a ship in San Francisco Bay. Or something.
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Secret agent Dale gets his orders from mysterious man in black
 
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There are childish sub-Disney songs, including one apparently sung by Dale. He is co-credited with the music too.
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Dale on Rebel
 
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The whole thing is full of stereotypes.

 

The only good thing about it is that he has an old-timer sidekick/factotum, Sorry, and Sorry is voiced by Edgar Buchanan. 
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Old-timer Sorry (Edgar Buchanan)
 
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Skip it, Western fans. You have missed nothing. I think even your five-year-old kids (or grandchildren) will be bored.

 

 

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4 Responses

  1. Never saw or heard of this movie but the title cought my eye, I live and work and grew up around Buttonwillow California, pass through the town quit often.

  2. My admiration for you is immense — you manage to find films that have been forever off my radar! Thanks — sometimes, even the misfires are interesting, historically.

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