Moviedrome Mondays: Run of the Arrow (1957) and Verboten! (1959)

This week’s Moviedrome Monday is a double bill entry consisting of two films by legendary cult director Samuel Fuller.


Run of the Arrow (1957)

Though I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director Samuel Fuller’s 1957 revisionist western Run of the Arrow, I found the next best thing. Back in the summer of 2008, Cox served as presenter for a three-night BBC Four special entitled Five Westerns and all of his intros for them can be viewed on youtube. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 8, 1993 (read here). Notwithstanding his brief put-down of Clint Eastwood and Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street, I absolutely agree with Cox on every single thing he says states here about Run of the Arrow. Though I am amazed that Cox did not bring up that tidbit of it being one of the earliest American films to use blood squibs during it’s gunfights (read here and here). While it may not be the first western to paint Native Americans (the Sioux in this case) in a more positive light, Run of the Arrow does serve as an underrated example of one for devotees of the genre like myself. In addition, it is also far superior to Kevin Costner’s mediocre 1990 oscar-winning western epic Dances with Wolves. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Samuel Fuller films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Part 1 (his intro for Run of the Arrow is in part 2) of Alex Cox’s intro to the first two films from BBC Four’s three-night 2008 special Five Westerns

Here is a youtube video link to Part 2 (his intro for Run of the Arrow is in this one) of Alex Cox’s intro to the last three films from BBC Four’s three-night 2008 special Five Westerns

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer


Verboten! (1959)

Since I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director Samuel Fuller’s 1959 post-WWII drama Verboten!, readers will have to rely on Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 8, 1993 (read here). Unlike Cox, I had no problem at all with the camerawork and as with Run of the Arrow, it is Fuller’s typically two-fisted approach to form and content that shapes Verboten! as one of his many masterpieces. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Samuel Fuller films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

11 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Run of the Arrow (1957) and Verboten! (1959)

  1. Run of the Arrow is a good and solid film. The script is good and Rod Steiger, Charles Bronson and Ralph Meeker are all good. Strong cast. Just a good film all round.
    I haven’t seen Verboten though.

  2. I hadn’t realised Ralph Meeker was in Run of the Arrow, mind you I hadn’t seen Kiss Me Deadly when I first watched the film on Moviedrome.

  3. Totally agree with you on Run of the Arrow 🙂 When Alex Cox introduced those westerns on BBC Four back in the summer of 2008, longtime viewers must have been excited to see Alex Cox on British television for the first time since at least the mid-to-late 90’s (Extreme Cinema for example) 🙂

    On an unrelated note, I do not know If you are aware of this, but did you know that the puppets for Genesis Land of Confusion music video was provided by the crew of the British satirical puppet television series Spitting Image, which was pretty popular back in the 1980’s and early 90’s I believe? 🙂 Interesting isn’t it? 🙂

  4. Samuel Fuller made a lot of great stuff Pete 🙂 As I told Steve above, longtime viewers of Moviedrome must have been excited to see Alex Cox introducing those five westerns back in 2008 on BBC Four – to them, it must have been like reuniting with an old friend 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  5. That is very interesting Paul S 🙂 As I told Steve and Pete above, when Cox introduced Run of the Arrow again as part of BBC Four’s 2008 Five Westerns special, longtime Moviedrome viewers must have been excited to see Cox’s on their television again 🙂 For them, it must have been like reuniting with an old friend 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. It was cool that Alex was back introducing films on UK TV again. He had been interviewed in a few TV documentaries in the previous years but was about all.

    Yes, I did know the puppets were from that TV show. It is interesting.

  7. Well, I love Samuel Fuller. He is a hero of mine. I love his spirit of artistry. He was very “can do.” Plus, he was a champion of strong women’s roles in cinema. I haven’t seen Run of the Arrow, but I have seen Verboten…it’s guerilla filmmaking at its best.

  8. I saw Sonny and Jed and loved it 🙂 I still need to catch up with those other Italian crime films though – which I am working on 🙂

  9. As you know already, I too love Samuel Fuller 🙂 I too have noticed that Fuller championed strong female roles in his own films as well 🙂 Please do check out Run of the Arrow though 🙂 I too agree with your sentiments on Verboten! 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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