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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents MFAH Film Burt Lancaster Centennial. MFAH Films presents four films featuring Burt Lancaster in four different genres: drama, film noir, historical epic, and Western.New York-born Lancaster first acted on the stage before his natural athleticism drew him to a successful career as a circus aerialist. The strapping, blue-eyed, blonde with the legendary grin later referred to Hollywood as “nothing more than a big circus.” His riveting turn as the rugged but enigmatic Ole Anderson in The Killers made him a star overnight, a sudden success that he transformed into one of the most enduring, influential careers of the post-war era. – UCLA Television Film & ArchiveVera Cruz
Directed by Robert Aldrich
94 minutes"Burt Lancaster bends his famous grin into a sadistic sneer as outlaw Joe Erin in his second outing with director Robert Aldrich, adding a particularly savage streak to this Western high adventure set during the Mexican Revolution.Gary Cooper plays Erin's reluctant partner, a disgraced Southern officer turned mercenary after the Civil War, on a mission to escort a Spanish countess (Denise Darcel) to Vera Cruz until rebels and rumors of gold pit one against the other."
—UCLA Television Film & Archive