Nov 7, 201208:56 AMThe Telegraph
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Wednesday Western: 'Flaming Star'
Free for you to view on Hulu.com: Flaming Star, an exciting 1960 western featuring what many critics have singled out as Elvis Presley's very best dramatic performance. And the supporting cast — including John McIntire, Steve Forrest, Delores Del Rio and Barbara Eden — is pretty dang impressive, too.
The King is well cast as Pacer Burton, a "mixed blood" hunk — the son of a Kiowa mother and a white rancher father — who lives with his family in the Texas frontier at a time of tense relations between settlers and Native Americans. When Kiowa warriors start to raid nearby homesteads, Pacer finds himself torn between two worlds — and not entirely at home in either.
Western fans, take note: Flaming Star was directed by the late, great Don Siegel, a filmmaker whose other credits inlcude Dirty Harry, the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and The Shootist, John Wayne's final big-screen triumph. But wait, there's more: The screenplay, based on the novel Flaming Lance by Clair Huffaker, was co-written by Nunnally Johnson, who had previously written or co-written scripts for The Grapes of Wrath, Along Came Jones, The Gunfighter, and Jesse James.