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I hope you are all safe and warm where you are. the weather has taken a turn for the frigid here. I always think it is such a waist when it's this cold but no snow. If I'm going to have to freeze my butt off it might as well be pretty outside.
With today being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I thought today would be a good day to share another movie with Sidney Poitier. We can honor two civil rights advocates with one blog. Both men helped to bring attention to equality and humanity.
Poitier has so many great movies and this western also happens to star one of my all time favorite actors, James Garner. This was Poitier's first western movie and Garner's return to movies after starring in his Maverick TV show. I would have loved to seen these two team up for some of the Maverick movies or Garner's Support Your Local Sheriff/Gunfighter movies. Ah well . . . C'est la vie! At least we have today's movie, Duel at Diablo, and it's a good one.
The film was released in 1966 and stars Garner, Poitier, with a supporting cast that includes Bibi Andersson, Bill Travers, Dennis Weaver, John Hoyt, and Ralph Nelson. The story line is a bit complex and hard to explain well in a few lines but I'll give it a try. Jess Remsberg (Garner) is a frontier scout. He is on the trail of a murderer who killed Jess' Comanche wife. His only lead is that she was killed by a white man.
On his search, Jess crosses paths with a family, Ellen (Andersson), her baby, and her husband, William (Weaver). They agree to travel together for a while but are soon cornered in a canyon by Apaches who are after Ellen. Jess escapes and alerts soldiers to the situation. The Army has recently lost their scout so Jess agrees to lead them to Fort Concho. Joining the group is a horse breaker, Toller (Poitier). Jess and Toller do not get off to a good start upon meeting but on the trail the two learn to depend on each other to get to the end of the trail alive.
Movie Snack Recipe
I thought today would be an easy play on words to find a good movie snack recipe and I was right. Check out this recipe for Chicken Diablo Bites from Chef Weird Beard. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a quick and tasty movie snack.
I was kind of surprised that he did not have a dipping sauce with this recipe. While it will be fewer calories without one, sometimes a person just wants to dip!
I thought of a few that could me good. If you want to crank up the heat, a whiskey BBQ sauce with Sriracha would be great. If you want to tone down the heat, yogurt ranch or even a honey BBQ sauce would be good. Play around with some of your favorites and let us know what you like best.
Movie from Books
Many great movies are based on books. Today's movie is no exception. Duel at Diablo is based on a 1957 western novel by Marvin H. Albert, Apache Rising. If you like historical fiction/westerns, be sure to check out my Into the West Saga Serial Collection (<--- click here). The first book in the serial has won awards in historical fiction. One day I might get around to entering the other's in contests too.
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And now you know what time it is, posse! It's time to grab your snacks and settle in for another great western movie!