Phil Karlson is a terrific, but underrated, director. His Westerns (such as Gunman’s Walk) and crime films (like 5 Against The House) of the Fifties are well worth seeking out. His next-to-last film was Walking Tall (1973), a mammoth hit that made him a rich man. It stars Joe Don Baker and a big piece of wood as real-life Louisiana lawman Buford Pusser. It was shot by the great Jack Marta, who worked on everything from Roy Rogers movies to Steven Spielberg’s Duel (1971).
It’s playing at Raleigh’s Colony Theater on August 13th, 8:00pm.