THE ROUNDERS REVIEWED
“The Rounders” has a reputation in Warner Brothers movie history. It was never meant to do good. It was a film meant to burn off the contracts of Henry Fonda and Glenn Ford. WB dumped the movie as a second bill feature with a teenage comedy. What happened is that older people on the Drive-In circuit discovered a comedy for them. Watching the film 53 years after the fact, I’m kinda astonished by how much it resembles “The Simpsons” episode where Ned and Homer marry Vegas showgirls.
If you’re a fan of Fonda and Ford, this film will be right up your alley. If you’re looking for a deep meditation on aging in the West, then head somewhere else. This is an old man comedy not unlike the fare that Alan Arkin can’t make work in the modern era. What I love so much about the film is its commitment to stay under 90 mins. This film is such a double feature magnet that I don’t know what rep theaters don’t program it more. Hell, I’m surprised that this hasn’t played a BNAT in the past.
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 MONO