WINGS OF THE HAWK
WINGS OF THE HAWK is not great, but it’s an okay Western.
I have a special affection for it, not only because I first saw it in a theater when it was initially released in 1953, but because I knew several of the people involved with its production.
Director Budd Boetticher, in fact, was once my publicity client.
Julie Adams, Abbe Lane and Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez were also people I was acquainted with during my tenure in Hollywood.
Van Heflin plays a miner, caught up in the Mexican revolution of 1910-1911, when the corrupt administration seizes his gold mine. Soon, Heflin discovers that there is a price on his head in Mexico, and he winds up joining the rebel forces.
As a director, Budd Boetticher was known for his action sequences, and he certainly doesn’t disappoint with WINGS OF THE HAWK.
The new Blu-Ray from Kino Lorber presents the film in both 2-D and 3-D versions. Since I didn’t have 3-D glasses, I watched the 2-D version and was quite pleased with the presentation. The disc also includes a Woody Woodpecker cartoon.