Mail Order Bride (1964) DVD
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Mail Order Bride (1964)
Writers:Burt Kennedy (screen play by), Van Cort (based on a short story by)
Buddy Ebsen, Keir Dullea, Lois Nettleton
Many viewers avoidedupon its first release, assuming (thanks to MGM's shoddy promotional campaign) that the picture had been slapped together to capitalize on the popularity of star . In truth, the film is an engaging and involving western drama, with Ebsen playing a character far removed from Jed Clampett. The mail order bride in question is not for Ebsen but for the wild young frontiersman in his charge ( ). It is Buddy's hope that the girl will tame the boy (the son of an old friend) and give him some sense of responsibility. Lois Nettelton is the proper young lady who fills the bill. In the closing scenes, director restages the climactic shootout from 1962's Ride the High Country, which Kennedy scripted. is not only a satisfactory vehicle for Buddy Ebsen, but it also allows him an opportunity to sing the title song.