The Hired Hand

The Hired Hand ★★★★½

Quiet, elegiac western with Henry Fonda returning to wife Verna Bloom years after leaving her to wander the West. Warren Oates is Fonda's friend. I had heard of this film before via a book I own about the films of Universal, but I hadn't heard much else, so I am happy to say this was a pleasant surprise. It's a knockout. It's so well-acted, beautifully photographed, with a hauntingly melancholy musical score that serves as an elegy to the West. that its a shame it isn't more well known.