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Say what you will about the King of B Westerns - and he was a natural in the saddle - Holt somehow ended up in "Stagecoach", My Darling Clementine", "Back Street", excellent films all, and most importantly, his proofs of greatness as George in "The Magnificent Ambersons" and Curtin in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madres" - two of the most un-alike parts as ever was. I could watch those two forever, and still be fascinated.
I love Tim Holt and totally agree with you vanwell. I never get tired of watching him and when he was good, he was very, very good.
Yes'm, he was vastly under-rated, IMHO. When I was a kid, 'B' westerns ruled the syndicated local TV, and I saw a fair amount of his steady little money-makers, none of which stuck except for his voice and face. One day a few years later I'm watching "The Magnificent Ambersons" for the first time, and I hear his voice coming out of some kid in a tux, and it was eerie - I thought it was a voice-over for a second until I recognized Holt from his westerns. I was amazed how un-cowboy he was, and that's the real measure of his abilities - he could act absolutely convincingly in a difficult role that was so unlike his average films. I doubt if they show any of his westerns, even on the Western Channel - I'd take a year's worth of forced watching of his movies over one Autry flick.
My local channel picked up a B western package in the late seventies that featured only George O'Brien, the 3 Mesquiteers and tons of Tim Holt pix! Needless to say, to this day, much as I love Roy and Gene, I'm still partial to Holt. I have seen a few of his on cable in recent years. Don't ask me what though as they really are pretty interchangable.
Tim Holt's westerns occasionally pop up on Turner Classic Movies.
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