RED GARTERS is a very good idea that goes flat near the end. They intended it as a western spoof and, to that end, used special stagelike sets (the film was Oscar nominated for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration) that look better suited for a musical play than for a movie. To really
appreciate the satire, one must be a fan of the genre. The cavalry does not
arrive on time, the hero does not
win the gunfights at the finale, etc. Audiences stayed away in posses from this movie, while a straight musical oater, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, cleaned up at the box office the
same year. The place is Paradise Lost, a little town in Limbo County, California....