Crossroads at Laredo: The Lost Film of Edward D. Wood Jr. (1948)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 20 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This is the recently discovered, restored and re-edited first film of Hollywood's all-time worst filmmaker. It is the companion piece to the documentary The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. Unlike his other sci-fi oriented films, this short is a western that is so bad that some may find it funny. Shot in two days, with one take per scene, it is the story of an amoral cowpoke who steals the pretty gal of the good-guy. The bad-guy marries this girl and then turns her into little more than a slave. Later, her former boyfriend saves her by killing her husband in a gun-fight. To justify the shooting, he proves that the late husband was a murderer and a robber. Scenes to look for include the gun fight in which the cowboy's horses keep wandering in front of their blazing guns. As the original soundtrack was never recovered, the film is narrated via voice over by Dolores Fuller, an actress and former lover of the quirky Wood. Fuller also supervised the original musical score for the film by Elvis songwriter Ben Weisman.

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bad-guy, cowboy, damsel-in-distress, good-guy, gunfighter, killing, revenge, robbery, white-slavery

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Low Artistic Quality, Low Production Values