Mike’s Picks: ‘A Man Alone’ and ‘The Last Hurrah’

A Man Alone

Kino Lorber, Western, $19.99 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Ray Milland, Mary Murphy, Ward Bond, Raymond Burr.
1955. A Man Alone is the movie that finally satisfied lead Ray Milland’s long-gestating desire to direct, with him playing a weary ex-gunfighter who unknowingly rides into a dusty town to be immediately accused of several robberies.
Extras: Includes a bonus commentary by historian Toby Roan.
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The Last Hurrah

Available via
Twilight Time, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Dianne Foster, Pat O’Brien.
Both an unusual and natural project for John Ford to have taken on (and with enthusiasm at that), adaptation of Edwin O’Connor’s durably relevant bestseller about politics is instantly recognizable as carrying the Ford stamp.
Extras: Julie Kirgo and Lem Dobbs enjoy some spirited back-and-forth on the Twilight Time bonus commentary, with colleague Nick Redman wisely electing to relax and mostly just listen to the passing parade.
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