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Revisiting John Huston’s Late-Career ‘The Life & Times of Judge Roy Bean’

Revisiting John Huston's Late-Career 'The Life & Times of Judge Roy Bean'

This late career John Huston comedy-western seems to have been an attempt to hitch a ride on the " Butch Cassidy" train to box office glory, but it was a critical and financial misfire. Paul Newman is back, this time as a highly unlikely incarnation of frontier hardass Roy Bean, the self-appointed “judge” known as “the only Law west of the Pecos”. Huston seems to be having fun, as does the terrific character-laden supporting cast.

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