My Favorite Joseph H. Lewis Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Gun Crazy (1950)

2.   Terror in a Texas Town (1958) 

3.   The Halliday Brand (1957)

4.   The Big Combo (1955)

5.   So Dark the Night (1946)

6.   My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema)

1.   The Rifleman – Season 1 (1958-1959)
1a. The Safe Guard (1958)
1b. Duel of Honor (1958)
1c. The Deadly Wait (1959)
1d. The Pet (1959)
1e. The Trade (1959)
1f. Boomerang (1959)
1g. Shivaree (1959)
(Television)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema)

1.   The Rifleman – Season 2 (1959-1960)
1a. Heller (1960)
1b. The Visitor (1960)
1c. The Fourflusher (1960)
1d. Letter of the Law (1959)
1e. Panic (1959)
1f. The Deserter (1960)
1g. Shotgun Man (1960)
1h. The Patsy (1959)
1i. The Hangman (1960)
1j. Surveyors (1959)
1k. Hero (1960)
1l. The Spoiler (1960)
1m. Eddie’s Daughter (1959)
1n. Day of the Hunter (1960)
(Television)

7 thoughts on “My Favorite Joseph H. Lewis Films

  1. The Big Combo definitely ranks amongst my favourites of the film noir I’ve seen so far… Such a great film! It hits so many noir touchstones right on the head and I really can’t wait to come back to it again some day!

  2. The Big Combo is indeed a great one. John Alton’s cinematography is just one of the film’s many hallmarks. Speaking of The Big Combo, that film just so happens to be yet another marvelous Moviedrome film 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  3. Gun Crazy and The Big Combo rank among the best noirs. Gun Crazy is in a class by itself. The bank heist sequence shot in one long take is a cinematic thing of beauty.

  4. Absolutely love Gun Crazy! It’s in my top ten favorite film noirs of all time. And of course, if for the cinematography alone, the Big Combo is iconic. I’ve heard Terror in a Texas Town is a strange film, but worth a look. Like to hear your thoughts on it.
    Anyway, now I know why I like Rifleman so much. To me, it’s an underrated series. It delights me to learn that Lewis directed so man episodes.

  5. Both great films as I say 🙂 The bank heist sequence is just classic and that is an achievement in itself that it was in one long take. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. Same here 🙂 I would probably place Gun Crazy and The Big Combo in my top favorite Noirs of all-time. Terror in a Texas Town is an eccentric western, but a perfect way to close his fascinating career. The Rifleman was an underrated series and out of all the jobs he did for television in the 1960’s, his Rifleman episodes ranks as the highlight of his television career. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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