The Wild Bunch … Part 1

12 Nov

Glendale Train / New Riders of the Purple Sage

The Wild Bunch / 1969 

If they move kill em 

Scorpion Bar

Bloody Sam?

Sam Peckinpah

“I think the public has learned that, as least somebody has learned that in the passing years that Bloody Sam was merely a change over dishonesty to at least looking at the fact that people do bleed and are hurt. But I am not responsible for the chainsaw – whatever it’s name is – and the other trash that has been put forth. I deal in violence as a term – a very sad term – a very sad poetry.” Sam Peckinpah, BBC Interview, 1976.

… killing a man isn’t clean and quick and simple. It’s bloody and awful. And maybe if enough people come to realize that shooting somebody isn’t just fun and games, maybe we’ll get somewhere.” Sam Peckinpah

It amazes me that a lot of people still don’t get that Sam Peckinpah’s wasn’t trying to exploit violence / human bloodlust, he was trying to expose it’s revolting reality. I believe Peckinpah’s many years of Directing TV Westerns (Gunsmoke, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Rifleman, Broken Arrow, Klondike, Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater, Trackdown, The Rifleman, The Westerner …) and the superficial way they portrayed violence and Sugar coated killing was a driving force behind his desire to expose violence for what it really is: a traumatic, horrifying event with emotional or moral impact.

Peckinpah’s later sadly realized that many people were not revolted by the blood and violence in his movies. They loved it. And still do.

Further, his movies might well have contributed to obvious ‘desensitization’ toward bloodshed in films.

All this, ironically proved one of his Sam’s pet themes: mankind’s inability to resolve conflicts peacefully.

“There is a great streak of violence in every human being. If it is not channeled and understood, it will break out in war or in madness.” – Sam Peckinpah

Yes, people do love this stuff. Look at any movie Bill: at least half the movies are Action Movies – most with sizable servings of killing and bloodshed.

The question then is: Why do we love this stuff?


“Today we have ‘Action Films’ – not films with ‘Action’. Sam was probably accused of too much violence. He was a man of non-violence. He wanted to show violence the way it was in order to achieve non-violence. To make it so repulsive that nobody wanted to see it. Today they glamorize violence. Unfortunately.”
- James Coburn

Sam’s Trail

Sam Peckinpah’s Western trail: Some bloody good Westerns:  Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) / The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) / The Wild Bunch (1969) / Major Dundee (1965) / The Glory Guys (1965) / Ride the High Country (1962) / The Deadly Companions (1962).

The Wild Bunch / Images / Opening Credits

The Wild Bunch Corel screen opening credits Banner

The Wild Bunch screen 1 Holden 2

The Wild Bunch screen 1 Holden

The Wild Bunch screen 1 Borgnine 2

The Wild Bunch screen 1 Borgnine

The Wild Bunch Corel screen 3 opening credits

The Wild Bunch Corel screen 4 opening credits

The Wild Bunch Corel screen 5 opening credits

The Wild Bunch Corel screen 6 opening credits

The Wild Bunch Corel screen 7 opening credits

The Wild Bunch Corel screen 8 opening credits

The Wild Bunch Corel screen 9 opening credits

 Then … all hell broke loose …

Yesteryore … Continued

30 Oct

What can I say? I just love these old images and posters. The artwork and photography is amazing. Time capsules of a bygone era.

But not that long ago.

WILLIAM S HART as Wild BIll Hickok

Wild Bill never looked to good


I love this one … hiding behind his horse


Two sweet plates


Not sure how some of this stuff was colorized ? but it’s great.





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Other Greats of Silent Cinema

Western Movie Posters

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Western Movie Posters 3

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Western Movie Posters 4

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Honouring Canadian Heroes

22 Oct

Canadians are justly proud of our Armed Forces – their Heroism, Valour, Honour and Service – in the 2 World Wars – and elsewhere on this planet over many decades.

Today I honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo – a Canadian Reservist soldier – who was slain by lone gunman while standing guard on Parliament Hill in the Canadian Capital of Ottawa at the War Memorial.

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Cpl. Nathan Cirillo / Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Cpl. Nathan Frank

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo guarding the War Memorial – minutes before he was slain

Cpl. Nathan Frank 2

First responders attempting to save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

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Ambulance Services on the scene

I also honour House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers who slew the demented assailant who cowardly murdered Cpl. Cirillo.

Kevin Vickers, parliament's sergeant-at-arms

Kevin Vickers – House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms

Security: Parliament Hill Style - Members of Parliament barricade the doors

Security: Parliament Hill Style – Members of Parliament barricade the doors

My Comment:

Appalling Canadian Security

After 9/11 – and everything that has come after it, I am appalled – APPALLED !!!! – that anyone could get within a thousand yards of our esteemed government buildings on Parliament Hill with even a pen knife.

I watched in amazement as a TV analyst spoke about upgrading security at “The Hill”.


Anybody – you, I, or anyone – could have loaded ourselves up with bombs and guns and entered that building and blown the whole place up.

When a guy can just drive up with a gun – shoot a guard – then enter the Parliament Buildings … That means there is NO SECURITY. Never was.

THEN many armed soldiers, Tac Team, Army personnel, Police officers, and Security are running around the grounds for hours – after the fact - to see if there was anyone else involved. NO CAMERAS – NO SURVEILLANCE – of any kind – that would have easily and instantly shown them if there was anyone else.


That’s Canadian Security.

We STILL don’t get it.

William S. Hart __________ A Legacy in Art

21 Oct























A Small Fraternity … continued

20 Oct

Big Iron / Cash

 A Small Fraternity / Cowboys to Stars

Richard Farnsworth, Slim PIckens, and Ben Johnson were not only a ‘Small Fraternity’ of Stuntmen who because famous Film Actors – they were the last of a dying breed of Real Cowboys who were also Movie Stars.

I wouldn’t say there aren’t any Real Cowboys around today. Probably plenty? But those that become Movie Stars / Famous Actors … ??? That surely seems to be of another era.

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I wasn’t born till ’48, so most of the early Western Movie Stars had already rode off into the sunset – or were resting at Boot Hill.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t get to see a lot of ‘em. Cuz they were galloping back and forth across my B&W TV screen almost non-stop every Saturday morning (down in Homewood, Illinois). I remember that ‘chase scenes’ were particularly popular in those Westerns - with goodguys chasing badguys – or Indians chasing Goodguys – or Cowboys or chasing Indians – or anybody chasing somebody – really fast (I think a lot of those scenes were speeded up). Most of those movies were made in the 30′s and 40′s by studios like RKO and Republic – who churned out dozens of them. A lot of ‘em seemed to follow the same plot and were ‘one shot – that’s a take’. I recall watching one movie where I could see a truck driving across the background. No matter – the shot went into the can anyway.

Yet midst all this dust (and foolishness) true artists like John Ford, (Stagecoach (1939), My Darling Clementine (1946 )) and Howard Hawkes, Sergeant York (1941) and Red River (1948) who were already creating Iconic work.

Even further yonder however… before all this – Authentic Cowboys and Western Heroes like Buffalo Bill and Cowgals like Annie Oakley had blazed the trail, setting (and riding) the Stage for the next generation of Heroes to come.

Buffalo Bill is interesting because he was a self-starter – while most of the early Western Western Movie Stars were recruited by studios. Being a Real Cowboy was a definite hiring criteria for a lot (though not all) early Western Stardom.

That said, I had I sorta intended to spit on any Western Movie Stars that wuzn’t REAL cowboys, But hell, how can you spit on William S. Hart!!!?? You just cain’t! A hell of a man with a genuine love for all things Western.

Some images borrowed from Western Movies New Frontier Saloon









For his contribution to the motion picture industry, William S. Hart has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1975, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Cowboy Hall of Fame


William S. Hart Filmography:

  • Ben-Hur (1907)
  • The Bad Buck of Santa Ynez (1914) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • The Gringo (1914) (*unconfirmed)
  • His Hour of Manhood (1914)
  • Jim Cameron’s Wife (1914)
  • The Bargain (1914)
  • Two-Gun Hicks (1914)
  • In the Sage Brush Country (1914)
  • Grit (1915)
  • The Scourge of the Desert (1915)
  • Mr. ‘Silent’ Haskins (1915)
  • The Grudge (1915)
  • The Sheriff’s Streak of Yellow (1915)
  • The Roughneck (1915) (?; Library of Congress)
  • On the Night Stage (1915)
  • The Taking of Luke McVane (1915)
  • The Man from Nowhere (1915)
  • ‘Bad Buck’ of Santa Ynez (1915) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • The Darkening Trail (1915)
  • The Conversion of Frosty Blake (1915)
  • Tools of Providence (1915)
  • The Ruse (1915) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • Cash Parrish’s Pal (1915)
  • Knight of the Trail (1915)
  • Pinto Ben (1915)
  • Keno Bates, Liar (1915)
  • The Disciple (1915)
  • Between Men (1915) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • Hell’s Hinges (1916) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • The Aryan (1916) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • The Primal Lure (1916)
  • The Apostle of Vengeance (1916)
  • The Captive God (1916)
  • The Patriot (1916)
  • The Dawn Maker (1916)
  • The Return of Draw Egan (1916) (extant;DVD)
  • The Devil’s Double (1916)
  • All Star Liberty Loan Drive Special for War Effort (1917)
  • Truthful Tulliver (1917)
  • The Gun Fighter (1917)
  • The Desert Man (1917)
  • The Square Deal Man (1917)
  • Wolf Lowry (1917)
  • The Cold Deck (1917)
  • The Silent Man (1917)
  • The Narrow Trail (1917)
  • Wolves of the Rail (1918)
  • The Lion of the Hills (1918)
  • Staking His Life (1918)
  • Blue Blazes Rawden (1918)
  • The Tiger Man (1918)
  • Selfish Yates (1918)
  • Shark Monroe (1918)
  • Riddle Gawne (1918)
  • The Border Wireless (1918)
  • Branding Broadway (1918)
  • Breed of Men (1919)
  • The Poppy Girl’s Husband (1919)
  • The Money Corral (1919)
  • Square Deal Sanderson (1919)
  • Wagon Tracks (1919) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • John Petticoats (1919) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • The Toll Gate (1920) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • Sand (1920) (extant, DVD)
  • The Cradle of Courage (1920)
  • The Testing Block (1920)
  • O’Malley of the Mounted (1921)
  • The Whistle (1921) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • Three Word Brand (1921)
  • White Oak (1921) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • Travelin’ on (1922) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • Wild Bill Hickok (1923)
  • Singer Jim McKee (1924) (extant; Library of Congress)
  • Tumbleweeds (1925) (extant; Library of Congress, others)
  • Show People (1928) (*cameo at studio luncheon)
  • Tumbleweeds (1940/rerelease) (*filmed talkie prologue to accompany 1925 silent)

William S. Hart

18 Oct


Tell ‘em William was here.

William Surrey Hart (December 6, 1864 – June 23, 1946)
was an American silent film actor, screenwriter, director and producer.
He is remembered for having “imbued all of his characters with honor and integrity.” – Wikipedia

Billy's gun bar

He began his acting career on stage in his 20s, and in film when he was 49, which coincided with the beginning of film’s transition from curiosity to commercial art form … He had some success as a Shakespearean actor on Broadway … he appeared in the original 1899 stage production of Ben-Hur.

Hart went on to become one of the first great stars of the motion picture Western. Fascinated by the Old West, he acquired Billy the Kid’s “six shooters” and was a friend of legendary lawmen Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson … Hart was particularly interested in making realistic western films. His films are noted for their authentic costumes and props, as well as Hart’s extraordinary acting ability, honed on Shakespearean theater stages in the United States and England.

By the early 1920s, however, Hart’s brand of gritty, rugged westerns with drab costumes and moralistic themes gradually fell out of fashion. The public became attracted by a new kind of movie cowboy, epitomized by Tom Mix, who wore flashier costumes and was faster with the action. Paramount dropped Hart, who then made one last bid for his kind of western. He produced Tumbleweeds (1925) with his own money, arranging to release it independently through United Artists. The film turned out well, with an epic land-rush sequence, but did only fair business at the box office. Hart was angered by United Artists’ failure to promote his film properly and sued United Artists. The legal proceedings dragged on for years, and the courts finally ruled in Hart’s favor, in 1940.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, William S. Hart has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6363 Hollywood Blvd. In 1975, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

As part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California, Hart’s former home and 260-acre (1.1 km²) ranch in Newhall is now William S. Hart Park. The William S. Hart High School District as well as William S. Hart Senior High School, both located in the Santa Clarita Valley in the northern part of Los Angeles County, were named in his honor. A Santa Clarita baseball field complex is named in his honor.

On November 10, 1962, Hart was honored posthumously in an episode of the short-lived The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show, a western variety program on ABC.

Billy's gun bar

The Salvation … Review

13 Oct

The Salvation – My Favorite Westerns Review:

Danish anyone?
A pretty good Western. And they don’t many these days.
Most Western fans should like this.

The Salvation 1

The Salvation 2

The Salvation 7

The Salvation 8

The Salvation 9

The Salvation 3

The Salvation 4

The Salvation 5

The Salvation 10

The Salvation 11

The Salvation 12

The Salvation 13

The Salvation 14

The Salvation 15

Film Locations:
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa

Stuntman’s Lament …

13 Oct


Stuntman's Lament 3

A Small Fraternity … Part 3 Richard Farnsworth

7 Oct

One of these days / Neil Young

Stunts to Stars /  A Small Fraternity: 

Richard Farnsworth

Richard W. Farnsworth (September 1, 1920 – October 6, 2000) was an American actor and stuntman. His film career began in 1937; however, he achieved his greatest success for his performances in The Grey Fox (1982) and The Straight Story (1999), for which he received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

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Sadly, there are few or no available images of a young Richard Farnsworth

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Tom Horn with Steve Mcqueen and Slim Pickens / 1980

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The Grey Fox / 1982

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Farnsworth and Robert Redford

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The Straight Story

Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival: Best Actor
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (2nd place)
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (2nd place)

Coming Up:
A Small Fraternity / Part 4

Cowboys to Stars

Tom Mix

A Small Fraternity … Part 2 Ben Johnson

6 Oct

Roy Rogers & Sons Of The Pioneers – Tumbling Tumbleweeds

Stunts to Stars /  A Small Fraternity: 

Ben Johnson

Wikipedia: “Ben “Son” Johnson, Jr. (June 13, 1918 – April 8, 1996) was an American stuntman, world champion rodeo cowboy and actor. The son of a rancher, Johnson arrived in Hollywood to deliver a consignment of horses for a film. He did stunt double work for several years before breaking into acting through the good offices of John Ford. Tall and laconic, Johnson brought further authenticity to many roles in Westerns with his extraordinary horsemanship. An elegiac portrayal of a former cowboy theatre owner in the 50′s coming of age drama, The Last Picture Show, won Johnson the 1971 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He operated a horse breeding farm throughout his career. Although he said he had succeeded by sticking to what he knew, shrewd real estate investments made Johnson worth an estimated 100 million dollars by his latter years.

Johnson was born in Foraker, Oklahoma, on the Osage Indian Reservation, of Irish and Cherokee ancestry, the son of Ollie Susan (née Workmon) and Ben Johnson, Sr. His father was a rancher and rodeo champion in Osage County. Throughout his life Johnson was drawn to the rodeos and horse breeding of his early years. In 1953 he took a break from well paid film work to compete in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, becoming Team Roping World Champion although he only broke even financially that year. Johnson was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1973.

Johnson’s 1941 marriage to Carol Elaine Jones lasted until her death on March 27, 1994, they had no children. Jones was the daughter of noted Hollywood horse wrangler Clarence “Fat” Jones.

“I grew up on a ranch and I know livestock, so I like working in Westerns. All my life I’ve been afraid of failure. To avoid it, I’ve stuck with doing things I know how to do, and it’s made me a good living.”

You done good Ben.

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Ben Johnson 2

Ben Johnson 3

Young Ben

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Ben Johnson 5

… gentleman Ben

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A drink with Brando / “One Eyed Jacks” 1961

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“One Eyed Jacks” 1961

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“The Sacketts” Tom Selleck, Ben Johnson, Glenn Ford. 1979

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“The Wild Bunch” 1969 / Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, William Holden, Ernest Borgnine

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“The Wild Bunch” Ben Johnson

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Not photogenic at all …

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15 movies with ‘The Duke’ including “The Train Robbers” 1973

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Ben Johnson / Inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1973

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A Small Fraternity … Part 1 Slim Pickens

5 Oct

Stunts to Stars

Men like Richard Farnsworth, Slim Pickens and Ben Johnson were all legitimate cowboys and horsemen who got lassoed into Stunt work. Then via fluke, luck or Gift of God – plus some undeniable Charisma – became well known Actors/Stars.

Who knew?

Not them.

Surely none of ‘em would have thought less of themselves – or their lives – if they had stayed in the esteemed profession of Cowboy/Horsemen/Stunt work.

This being said, the fraternity of Stunt Artists has always somewhat of a shadow industry/profession in film making. We know these Stunt guys (and gals) are there – (Stunt Artists work in nearly every film and and in many TV shows) – but Movie Makers shine as little light on these necessary Artists as possible. Why? Because they don’t want to spoil the grand illusion that it really isn’t Robert Redford and Paul Newman jumping off that cliff – or John Wayne smashing through that bar room window – not to mention the thousand of other perilous acrobatics we witness in nearly every movie - and have been for a long, long time.

Yet the respect accorded Stunt Artists is also evident – as when Stars perform their own stunts – it is always well publicized as a daring (if not foolhardy) feat - discouraged by those who fund the films.

A Small Fraternity: 

Slim Pickens

Wikipedia: “Born, Louis Burton Lindley, Jr. (June 29, 1919 – December 8, 1983), known by the stage name Slim Pickens, was an American rodeo performer and film and television actor who epitomized the profane, tough, sardonic cowboy, but who is (possibly) best remembered for his comic roles, notably in Dr. Strangelove and Blazing Saddles.

Pickens … was an excellent rider from age 4. After graduating from High School he joined the rodeo. He was told that working in the rodeo would be “slim pickings” (very little money), giving him his name, but he did well and eventually became a well-known rodeo clown.

After twenty years on the rodeo circuit, his distinctive Oklahoma-Texas drawl (even though he was a lifelong Californian), his wide eyes and moon face and strong physical presence gained him a role in the western film, Rocky Mountain (1950) starring Errol Flynn. He appeared in many more Westerns, playing both villains and comic sidekicks to the likes of Rex Allen, John Wayne, Steve McQueen, … many many other Stars.”

The rest is history … Hollywood style.

Slim Pickens

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Young Pickens … slim and trim.

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 … and faster than he looks

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Pickens and Allen … Rex

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Slim Pickens in “The Glory Guys’ 1965

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‘One Eyed Jacks’ / Katy Jurado, Marlon Brando, Pickens, Pina Pellicer, and Karl Malden 1961

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Slim ‘takes one’ for Sam (Pekinpah) in ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’ 1973

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A lecture for the Duke ‘The Cowboys’ 1972

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Camp side in ‘The Sacketts’ 1979

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‘Major Dundee’ 1965

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A chat with Clint

Stunt Tips from My Favorite Westerns

Cannon Stunts

Tip 14: Never stand in front of the cannon

CCR revisited and Yellow River

27 Sep



“… shining down like water … “


Where we come from.

Farnsworth Awards …

23 Sep

Richard Farnsworth favorite Song: Skyball Paint
Performed by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers

The Straight Story Award

“No I didn’t audition, I didn’t even know David Lynch till the week before I started the film.”

Comes a Horseman Awards

“I worked with Cecil B. DeMille quite a few times.”

The Grey Fox Award

“I worked for John Ford, Howard Hawks, Henry Hathaway, Raoul Walsh – I worked for some real good directors.”

Gemini Award Richard Farnsworth

“I worked for Sam Peckinpah on quite a bit of action in his films, and he got excited once in a while.”

Bronze Wrangler

“I was a stunt man for 35 years.”

Richard Farnsworth Golden Boot

Richard Farnsworth Winchester Rifle

Richard Farnsworth Belt Buckle

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See ya Rich. 

Richard Farnsworth Filmography …

20 Sep

Richard Farnsworth Movies

Richard Farnsworth in Tom Horn (1980)

Richard Farnsworth in Tom Horn (1980)

‘Still waters run deep’ they say.

Richard Farnsworth has proven to be well with no bottom.

Incredibly, though Richard Farnsworth film history was somewhat overwhelming, much/most information about his first 37 years in the film industry as Stuntman/Stunt rider/Extra is almost unknown and “uncredited”.

Another amazing feature of Farnsworth’s work is the number of Film Classics he worked in, including Gone with the Wind, Spartacus, The Ten CommandmentsPapillon … and several Classsic/Popular Westerns: Red River. Arrowhead, The Outlaw Jose WalesMonte Walsh. The Cowboys … others.

When I normally do a Filmography on somebody, it’s usually just cover their Westerns. But Farnsworth appeared in so many other notable movies that I felt compelled to post his other work as well - despite scant information.

Another interesting truth arises: many Support Actors / Extras / Stuntmen often participate or appear in more Films that most Movie Stars themselves. They don’t get the Top Bill – or money – but there they are.

Note: these images below are only PART of Farnsworth Film and TV history. I was unable to find several images or posters.

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Rose …

14 Sep

Happy Birthday Rose 2014

Rose's Birthday 2014

A Magnificent 7 remake ____ here we go again …

13 Sep

The Magnificent Seven: Denzel and Fuqua to Remake Classic

By Point of Geekson September 10th, 2014 at 4:31pm

One of the greatest westerns ever made, The Magnificent Seven, will be remade for the big-screen. The western which featured many of the biggest stars of its time, was actually a remake itself of Akira Kurosawa’s epic, Seven Samurai. An important point to make before there are cries from film purists claiming it is blasphemy to remake this classic. The project has gone through many hands in the past few years as multiple producers and stars have looked to repackage the film for the current generation. Most recently there was a version to star Tom Cruise, according to ScreenRant, other veteran actors such as Morgan Freeman and Kevin Costner were sought after to make up the posse.


The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)

The project is now in the hands another director and actor team, who have found a high level of comfortability and teamwork. Director Antoine Fuqua and Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington, first forged their partnership on the film Training Day, where Washington won his second Oscar. After their second pairing in this month’s upcoming thriller, The Equalizer, they are more energized than ever to keep their professional partnership going. After confirming that the duo are indeed remaking The Magnificent Seven ….

…. It will be interesting to see how the remake is handled. With Washington assumably taking over the role previously held by Yul Brynner, it will be fascinating to see how race is handled in the film. It would be hard to not acknowledge how the additional hardship of being black in the wild west America would affect the character(s).

Even of more interest is whom Fuqua and Washington (who seems to be in a producing capacity as well judging by Fuqua’s comments) choose as the other six members of the legendary posse. The search for backup is a huge part of the original film and finding six other actors that won’t be overshadowed by Washington may not be a simple task. Not to mention Westerns certainly are not the dominant film genre any longer. It will take a quite a dynamic cast to drum up a buzz, since the original came out over fifty years ago. It should be a delight watching this project come together.

Top 10 Movie Ensemble Casts: The Magnificent Seven

MFW comment:

Am I against a remake of M7? No.
Would I say M7 fans wouldn’t like to see one? Of course they would.
I would also say that it’s a daunting task – especially the casting – as is mentioned.
Over the years we have already seen several attempts to remake M7 – even a TV show.
None of them fared too well – compared to the original.
The problem is simple: On any such remake of a Classic Film there are going to be inevitable comparisons – as what happened with Johnny Depp’s The Lone Ranger.
So it’s a tough deal.
And the only thing that saves some remakes (to any degree) is that there is a whole new audience that holds no allegiance or knowledge of the Original. They don’t care – and don’t know – about the incredible Star Power and charisma of Yul Brynner – not to mention the other members of the cast – most of whom went on to long an illustrious success in filmdom.
Yes ..we all hope that somehow Washington and Director Antoine Fuqua can come up with something that rekindles the inspired work of John Sturges original movie …
But we are ready to be disappointed as well.

M7 boothill

[Chris (Yul Brynner) is driving the hearse up to Boot Hill; Vin (Steve McQueen) is riding shotgun]

Chris: We’ll get there.

Vin: It’s not getting up there that bothers me. It’s staying up there that I mind.

Richard Farnsworth … Western Icon

11 Sep

Laurens Walking – from Soundtrack of The Straight Story

Richard Farnsworth

Richard Farnsworth / 1920 – 2000

- IMDB Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <> (qv’s & corrections by A. Nonymous)

An American stuntman who, after more than 30 years in the business, moved into acting and became an acclaimed and respected character actor, Richard Farnsworth was a native of Los Angeles. He grew up around horses and as a teenager was offered an opportunity to ride in films. He appeared in horse-racing scenes and cavalry charges unbilled, first as a general rider and later as a stuntman. His riding and stunting skills gained him regular work doubling stars ranging from Roy Rogers to Gary Cooper, and he often doubled the bad guy as well. Although. like most stuntmen, he was occasionally given a line or two of dialogue, it was not until Farnsworth was over 50 that his natural talent for acting and his ease and warmth before the camera became apparent. When he won an Academy Award nomination for his role in Comes a Horseman (1978), it came as a surprise to many in the industry that this “newcomer” had been around since the 1930s. Farnsworth followed his Oscar nomination with a number of finely wrought performances, including The Grey Fox (1982) and The Natural (1984). In 1999 he came out of semi-retirement for a tour-de-force portrayal in The Straight Story (1999).

Richard Farnsworth Trivia (IMDB)

Was a stunt man for 40 years before becoming an actor.

He was 43 years old when he received his first acting credit.

Doubled for Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Montgomery Clift, Steve McQueen and Roy Rogers ….

Co-founder of Stuntmen’s Association in 1961 using his considerable clout in his field to co-create the Stuntman’s Association, a group which would fight to safeguard the rights and working conditions of the men and women who risked life and limb for Hollywood.

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1997.

Shortly before his death, when asked by film critic Roger Ebert what he was most proud of in regard to his acting career, he replied that it was the fact that in over 60 movies he never says one cuss word.

Billy Crystal singled out Farnsworth at the 72nd Academy Awards telling everyone it was “great to see him, and his nomination was a great story.”

Is the oldest ever person to receive a Best Actor Oscar Nomination (79 at the time).

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Tragic End / Richard Farnsworth Suicide

“The Straight Story” Oscar nominee Richard Farnsworth, 80, shot and killed himself on Friday. The actor reportedly had been diagnosed with terminal bone cancer and earlier this year underwent hip replacement surgery, which left him partially paralyzed and unable to walk. Police said Farnsworth was found dead at the home near Lincoln, N.M., that he shared with his fiancee, Jewel Van Valin. He apparently left behind a suicide note, though police have not disclosed its contents. “This was an obvious self-inflicted gunshot,” Sheriff Tom Sullivan told reporters. This year, at the age of 79, Farnsworth was the oldest best actor nominee in Academy history for his role as Alvin Straight, a senior citizen who drove his lawnmower from Iowa to Wisconsin to visit his ailing brother. Farnsworth’s previous Oscar nomination was for the 1982 Canadian film, “The Grey Fox.” The weathered-looking actor with the arresting blue eyes, who began his career as a stunt-riding double for Roy Rogers and Henry Fonda, also appeared in “The Natural,” with Robert Redford, and “Comes a Horseman,” with Jane Fonda, among other movies.

Coming up: Richard Farmsworth Western Filmography …

Richard Farnsworth Movies

HO HO Hooooo …

9 Sep

Thot we’d skip Fall this year and go directly to Winter.

This way we don’t have to deal with those messy leaves.

Photos from the internet …

Yesterday I was barbequing … today my garden is dead.


Billy Miner … Part 3

5 Sep

Railroad Bill by Alan Lomax 

Billy Miner … still popular 

Seen Billy

Billy Minor Legacy

The Grey Fox train bar

Seen Billy 2

Billy Minor Legacy 2


Billy Minor pub

Seen Billy 3

Billy's gun bar

Billy Tombstone

Billy Miner … Part 2

1 Sep

Patsy Montana - I wanna be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart (1935)


BILLY MINER Wanted Poster

    A Western Photo Op …  
But nobody’s smiling








Without his mustache, just an ordinary crook

Shorty Dunn – Miner’s Co-Star

Short Dunn

Smile Shorty! We’re gonna be famous. 

The Grey Fox train bar

The train of dreams

Part of the story ...

Part of the story …

... the other part

… the other part

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The Guns of Billy Miner

Billy Miner Guns

Billy Miner Books

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Billy Miner book

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The last stage

The Grey Fox (1982)

31 Aug

Billy Miner – Sang by Garry Fjellgaard

The Grey Fox train bar

“In 1901, after 33 years in San Quentin, Bill Miner
“The Gentleman Bandit,”

was released into the Twentieth Century”

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The Grey Fox Posters

Notice anything funny about the posters above?
The image on the right is reversed.
Why? I have no idea.

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The Grey Fox

The Grey Fox 2

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I saw the Grey Fox when it came out in 1982. At the time I recall being underwhelmed. I was hoping for a Western action film, but the Grey Fox didn’t answer my bloodlust. It was more a docu-drama – a Bio Pic on the famous “Gentleman Bandit”, outlaw Billy Miner.

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But upon watching it again, my initial feelings were dismissed. It’s a good movie. Probably a movie that should be more appreciated.

No, it’s not a ‘shoot up’, but it is well shot. Nicely directed by Phillip Borsos and written by John Hunter,

Farnsworth has more than enough Star Power to get away with the loot and he seems to have been born for the role of Billy Miner. That’s great casting.

Director Phillip Borsos and Richard Farnsworth / 1982 Canadian movie The Grey Fox.

Director Phillip Borsos and Richard Farnsworth / 1982 Canadian movie The Grey Fox.

The movie pulls us in quickly and though we know Miner is a crook, Farnsworth’s charm wins us over easily and we’re along for the ride - whatever our fates may be.

When the action picks up, Farnsworth’s soft spoken like-ability is played ‘against type’ where the violent contrast against his usually quiet nature provides dramatic punch.

MFW The Grey Fox RT Review

Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes)

Francis Ford Coppola protégé Phillip Borsos directs this elegiac, low-key tale about real-life bandit Bill Miner that has become a classic of Canadian cinema. Having been released from jail in 1901 following a 33-year prison sentence for robbing stagecoaches, Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) finds himself living in a society that has completely changed from the one of his youth. He tries to put his life of crime behind him and settle down in Washington state with his sister, but the quiet life does not suit him. He feels restless but uncertain as to how to proceed next. The answer comes to him when he sees Edward S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery. Soon, Miner has slipped over the border into Canada and, along with his new partner, Shorty (Wayne Robson), robs the Canadian Pacific Railway Transcontinental Express. Later, while laying low after the crime in a remote corner of British Columbia, he meets the beautiful, strong-willed photographer Kate Flynn (Jackie Burroughs). In writing this script, Borsos reportedly made heavy use of contemporary court documents and testimonies. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival in honor of its 20th anniversary. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

PG, 1 hr. 30 min. / Directed By: Phillip Borsos / United Artists

MFW The Grey Fox IMDB Review

Storyline (IMDB)
Old West highwayman Bill Miner, known to Pinkertons as “The Gentleman Bandit,” is released in 1901 after 33 years in prison, a genial and charming old man. He goes to Washington to live and work with his sister’s family. But the world has changed much while he has been away, and he just can’t adjust. So he goes to Canada and returns to the only thing familiar to him — robbery (with stagecoaches changed to trains). - Ken Yousten <>

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Opening Screenshots

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The Grey Fox quote 2

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Closing Screenshots

The End of the line

The Grey Fox exits with a bit of a fairy tale ending with Bill riding (or rowing) off into the sunset, but sadly (historically) Miner died in in a Georgia, US prison in 1912.

The Grey Fox - Farnsworth

The Grey Fox train bar

The Real Grey Fox

Upcoming on My Favorite Westerns …

27 Aug

Celebrating The Lone Ranger and Tonto – Continued

The Lone Ranger and Tonto

Celebrating Steeds of Renown – Continued 

The Cisco Kid

The Grey Fox and Richard Farnsworth

The Grey Fox Poster

The Wild Bunch – A Celebrating a Favorite

The Wild Bunch - The Walk

Bill Miner – The Gentleman Bandit

25 Aug

While visiting the Royal VIctoria Museum, (Victoria, British Columbia) … saw a famous photo of outlaw Billy Miner – the Gentleman Bandit

Billy Minor - the Gentleman Outlaw

Billy Minor – the Gentleman Bandit (left)


Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine
Edmonton, Alberta –



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Bill Miner’s prison “mug” shot. Notice the
prison stamp from Okalla Penitentiary,
New Westminster, B.C., 1906.
Photo courtesy Mike Puhallo

Bill Miner created an enduring legend that grew up around one of the Old West’s most unusual outlaws. Credited with coining the phrase “Hands Up” he was known far and wide for his genteel manners and apologetic demeanour. He was the first man to rob a train in Canada.
Born around 1842 in Bowling Green Kentucky the son of a schoolteacher and a mining engineer, he headed West while still in his teens in search of adventure. A superb horseman, Miner drifted out to New Mexico and signed on as a dispatch rider for General Wright during the Apache war. Earning up to twenty-five dollars a letter in this risky endeavour young Bill became quite a big spender and soon turned to robbing stagecoaches to support his lifestyle.
While plying his trade in California Bill was the first bandit to adopt the phrase “Hands Up.” Soft spoken and polite even while committing armed robbery, he would often apologize to passengers for any inconvenience.
Bill Miner was first arrested on April 3, 1866, convicted on two counts of robbery and sentenced to four years at San Quentin. Over the next thirty-five years Miner spent a total of 29 years and seven months behind bars, was released twice and escaped five times. When he was out, he lived the life of a gentleman quickly blending in with affluent society. He was linked to stagecoach holdups and train robberies throughout the West and was once referred to by WM Pinkerton as “the master criminal of the American West.” Miner was released from San Quentin for the third time in 1901.
He was known to have taken part in one train robbery near Portland in 1903 and drifted North into British Columbia shortly afterwards. Using the alias George Edwards, Miner travelled Southern British Columbia, buying and selling cattle, prospecting a little, and visiting with his brother Jack Budd who lived near Princeton. He became well known in the business and ranching community and travelling frequently as he did no one noticed when he disappeared occasionally.
On September 10, 1904 at Silverdale British Columbia Bill Miner, along with Shorty Dunn and Louis Colquhoun stopped the CPR #1 and pulled off Canada’s first train robbery. Months of careful planning netted the gang $7,000 in gold dust, over $900 cash and fifty thousand dollars in railway bonds. They slipped across the Fraser River by boat to their horses and rode a few miles upstream to Chilliwack. The next morning policemen and posse spread out along the border to search for the train robbers. Meanwhile George Edwards, the cattle buyer, was having breakfast and discussing the news with a pair of CPR Detectives in a Chilliwack restaurant.

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May 8, 1906, the CPR train “Imperial Limited” was held up near Kamloops, B.C. by the Bill Miner gang, netting $15.50. The gang escaped on horseback but were pursued by Constable William Fernie and his four First Nations trackers; Alex Ignace, Eli La Roux, Michel Le Camp and Philip Toma. Together they tracked the fleeing train robbers for five days, and the Royal North West Mounted Police were able to successfully capture the bandits near Douglas Lake.
Photo courtesy Mike Puhallo
Caption information from the new book; Interred With Their Bones-Bill Miner in Canada by Peter Grauer-available May, 2006.

George Edwards carried on as before buying and selling cattle and horses, occasionally working as a ranch hand. Never short of cash and often on the move, he was well known and well liked in Princeton Kamloops and the Nicola valley. On October 6, 1905, Bill Miner robbed the Overland Limited just outside Seattle. George Edwards had been working at Douglas Lake a little before that, or maybe he was at Princeton… When a fellow moves around a lot, no one notices when he comes and goes. But whenever a train gets robbed, the Pinkerton Detectives notice. From 1901 to 1906 there where several train robberies in several states throughout the U.S. attributed to Bill Miner but the Pinkertons could find neither hide nor hair of him.
On May 8, 1906, eighteen miles East of Kamloops, Bill Miner robbed the CPR for the second time. He was looking for a huge shipment of cash and gold collected for the San Francisco earthquake relief. I guess old Bill figured after all those years in San Quentin; he was entitled to some of that money too. Unfortunately for Bill, Shorty, and Louis, they stopped the wrong train, got away with only a few dollars and to make matters worse, somebody turned their horses loose. Attempting to escape on foot it wasn’t long before they were rounded up.
In spite of being positively identified as Bill Miner, the old bandit refused to admit anything insisting that he was George Edwards. Hundreds of supporters came to town to protest his arrest refusing to believe this popular old gent could be the most wanted outlaw in the West. Miner and his accomplices were convicted and sent to the B.C. Penitentiary at New Westminster. In a few months Miner escaped, fled to the U.S. and resumed his career. Arrested in 1911 after committing Georgia’s first train robbery, the Gentleman Bandit died in Georgia State Penitentiary in 1913. His tombstone reads:
Bill Miner — last of the old time outlaws.

Dock Holiday 3 … to the pools !

22 Aug

grey heronThere were 2 (Grey?) Herons nesting along the nearby shoreline and we could see them flying by on occasion. One morning Rose spotted one on some rocks below. No telephoto .. but got this murky image.


Although some of the pics look like it was rainy, we had very nice conditions for the whole week. Mostly sunny – not too hot – no wind – no skeeters. It did rain one day, but was still pleasant.

hot tub

The pool and hot tub were beautiful – and not crowded as you can see. Sweet.

like glass i tell ya

Like glass baby!

I love outdoor pools. I love the sunlight – and the reflections on the water and the shimmer of light on the bottom of the pool.

ya baby !

The better half of the Tsunami Twins.

blue euphoriaBlue euphoria …


no problemNo problem.

throw in the garlicHe’s done .. throw in the garlic …


The Return of Quintus Flatulence III … bring my trireme around to the dock …

life is tuff

Life is tuff …

Celebrating Tonto 2 …

20 Aug

Jay Silverheels

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Tonto and Scout

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Tonto and gun

Tonto 5

Tonto 6

Tonto 7


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Young Silverheels

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Silverheels 5


18 Aug


Ride on Tonto !

Originally posted on SERENDIPITY:

I grew up with the Lone Ranger and Tonto racing around my bedroom.  No, not live, but I had authentic Lone Ranger wallpaper. Until the wallpaper was installed, I was sure he was the Long Ranger … as in “he rode a lot and covered great distances.” Y’know. Long range.

Other girls had Disney Princesses, flowers, and butterflies. I had “Hi Yo Silver, the Lone Ranger Rides Again!” Although my walls did not play the William Tell Overture, I could hum it well enough. I had many a long chat with Lone, Tonto, Silver and Scout as I lay abed pondering the meaning of life and how I could convince my mother to let me have a horse.


It was a hard choice between Lone and Tonto. It was even a difficult choice between their horses. Silver was magnificent, but Scout — a stunning paint — was gorgeous too. Really, I would have…

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Hitchbot hits Victoria !!!

18 Aug

hitch bot


Dock Holiday 2 …

17 Aug
Inn of the Sea

Inn of the Sea

The view

The view



Busy dock

Busy dock

Inn of the Sea 2

Inn of the Sea

Super Moon rising

Super Moon rising



Dock Holiday … Vancouver Island

16 Aug






After the shower

After the shower




Island Holiday …

12 Aug

On holiday on ‘The Island’ for a week … back shortly …

silverheels …

7 Aug

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tonto 2

Celebrating Tonto …

5 Aug

Jay Silverheels - Tonto Portrait

Jay Silverheels / Tonto

Born: 26 May 1912 , Six Nations Reservation, Brantford, Ontario, Canada  Was a full-blooded Mohawk Indian, one of 11 children of A.G.E. Smith, who had served as a decorated officer in the Canadian forces in WWI.

Birth name: Harold J. Smith

Adopted the nickname ‘Silverheels” during a very brief boxing career, which saw him compete as a middleweight in a Golden Gloves bout in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Alternate story: Jay took his stage name of Silverheels from his track days as a youth, when, wearing white shoes, he ran so fast his feet appeared to be streaks of white. Since he thought it would be awkward for a Native American to have the name of Whiteheels, he chose Silver instead.

Wikipedia: “While playing in Los Angeles on a touring box lacrosse team in 1937, he impressed Joe E. Brown with his athleticism. Brown encouraged Silverheels to do a screen test, which led to his acting career.  Silverheels began working in motion pictures as an extra and stunt man.”

Internet Movie Datebase (IMDB): “He was a star lacrosse player and a boxer before he entered films as a stuntman in 1938. He worked in a number of films through the 1940s before gaining notice as the Osceola brother in a Humphrey Bogart film Key Largo (1948) (John Huston cast him). Most of Silverheels’ roles consisted of bit parts as an Indian character. In 1949, he worked in the movie The Cowboy and the Indians (1949) with another “B movie” actor Clayton Moore. Later that year, Silverheels was hired to play the faithful Indian companion, Tonto, in the TV series The Lone Ranger (1949) series, which brought him the fame that his motion picture career never did.
“Silverheels could not escape the typecasting of Tonto. He would continue to appear in an occasional film and television show but became a spokesperson to improve the portrayal of Indians in the media.”
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <>

Reportedly beat out 35 other actors to win the Tonto role in the initial radio version of “The Lone Ranger“, which he had been invited to audition for based on his appearance in Key Largo (1948).

“Silverheels became an outspoken activist for Indian rights and a respected teacher within the Indian acting community. He appeared on talk and variety shows performing his own poetry. In later years, he began a second career as a harness racer. His health failed in the 1970s, and he died of a stroke in 1980, a beloved figure to the Baby Boom generation America. His son, Jay Silverheels Jr. has acted in television as well.”
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <>

Jay played Apache chief Geronimo in two films, Broken Arrow (1950) and Walk The Proud Land (1956).

First Americans in the Arts honored Jay Silverheels with their Life Achievement Award.

Jay founded the Indian Actors’ Workshop in Echo, California in 1963.

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1993.

Jay was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997.

Was an avid horse-racer when not acting.


The Lone Ranger Celebration … cont.

1 Aug

The Lone Ranger and Tonto … Lookin’ at cha !

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Ranger’s Badge

30 Jul

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Texas Rangers badge
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Western Skies …

30 Jul

valley sunset

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valley eve

Malware Update …

29 Jul


I was finally able to get ‘istart123′ malware virus under control – following manual instructions from a YouTube video – or two.
(YouTube is handy for a lot of things)

Oop and Schoo

This stopped it from Hijacking my Internet Browser – though I was sure it was still infesting my system. And in this 3 day process I mangled my system somewhat and had to restore several things.


I Then decided to give Malwarebytes (free) virus killer another try – hoping that they had Updated their virus library to include ‘istart123′. I was sure this virus was a recent invasion since both Spybot and Malwarebytes hadn’t detected it in previous scans.

Popeye 2

AHA ! Malwarebytes did indeed now detect it – and removed several pieces of intrusive trash it had placed on my system. It took them 5 days to come up with a solution though. Not a criticism. It just shows how tuff this virus is. I haven’t scanned with Spybot yet (I will) - because it will often detect stuff that Malwarebytes misses. BUT I still think Marwarebytes is about the best virus program around.

Pogo 2

So if you get this bug you can pretty well be assured that
Malwarebytes will get rid of it.

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But to this very moment I don’t know how it got on my system. I can think of several way: Torrents; Mods; Jpegs and such that I downloaded for my blog …

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But I don’t really know.

Pogo 4

Back in the saddle …

Oop and Boop

The Lone Ranger ______ Onward Ho ___

28 Jul

Let’s see now … where wuz I?
The Lone Ranger …

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I never dreamed that there was so much stuff on the Lone Ranger. My Lone Ranger files are now so large that I could make a book if I wanted to. In one way I’m glad about this - because I thought the Ranger was in danger of being forgotten and left behind: Extinction – as his many fans fall one by one  - ambushed by time.

I’m referring, of course, to the Clayton Moore Lone Ranger - not the recent venture with Johnny Depp – which I can tell you was not well received by most of the Ranger’s original fans. I’m not sure how time will treat Depp’s Ranger - though there is certainly a generation of young people who do not recall ANY Ranger previous to that and might think that’s fine stuff. But for the rest of us that jury was hung a long time ago.

However, there are still legitimate fears that Moore’s Ranger may eventually fade – even though his iconic persona seems embedded in our culture. The main problem is the lack of anything other than the original Lone Ranger TV Series that folks might be inclined to watch – which is probably not going to be the case for our newer generations.

We really only have this about 3 Clayton Moore Lone Ranger Movies: The Lone Ranger: Enter the Lone Ranger (1949), The Lone Ranger (1956), and The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958).

With this is mind – and heart …

 The Lone Ranger: Enter the Lone Ranger (1949)

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Enter the Lone Ranger 1949

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The Lone Ranger pistol bar

The Lone Ranger (1956)

“The Lone Ranger was the first of two Technicolor theatrical features based on the popular TV series of the same name. Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, stars of the video version, essay the roles of the Masked Rider of the Plains and his faithful Indian companion Tonto.” – Rotten Tomatoes

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The Lone Ranger 1956

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The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1956)

The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold

The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold

IMDB City of GoldRotten Tomatoes City of Gold

The Lone Ranger lost city of gold

There you are – the 3 Clayton Moore Lone Ranger movies. Enough to keep the Moore’s Ranger legacy alive?

Time … will tell.

Malware Warning _____ istart123 Trojan Hijacker

27 Jul

In some ways, I was brought up in a pretty sheltered manner. This resulted in me believing that nobody is truly EVIL – and that anybody will really do the Right Thing if they have a choice or a chance – and that people who do bad things were really just victims of an unfortunate upbringing. Even when I would watch movies – Westerns or otherwise – and I would see some bad guy doing something on the screen, I would think to myself “That’s unrealistic – nobody is really like that. Those depictions were untrue.” I just couldn’t believe anybody was truly like that.

I was able to entertain such naïve notions for a couple of reasons: Nobody taught me any different. And I never really experienced much such behavior because our family moved around a lot and my existence, experience and relationships were mainly internal – in the family. Therefore I was not readily exposed to such outside influences. I carried these strange misconceptions for a long time.

How (unfortunately) wrong I was.

Then I left home – and it’s shelter. It didn’t take me long to find the truth.

And I was walking victim – ready to be used, abused and refused. I wish I could say this lesson happened quickly and I moved along right away. But I didn’t. I had to endure many years of hard knocks before I smartened up and learned to look out for myself and protect myself – and recognize my Right, Need and Responsibility to do so.

Why do I mention all this?

Because such people are abundant on the Internet. Because they can say and do things on the Internet with almost complete anonymity and impunity. Nobody knows who they are – where they are – and how to get at them. They can practice their abusive and ruthless disrespect and dishonesty from a distance. Such is one of the horrifying aspects of our wonderful Internet.

So this week I got nailed again. It came in the form of a Trojan virus called “Istart123″ – a Hijacking Virus – that infests your computer and takes over your Internet Browser and puts many other intrusions all over your computer via hidden files that make it very difficult to find and remove – and it has the ability to re-install itself, if you do.

I’ve been trying for 3 days to get it off my system - and multiple effects – and failings – and it’s still there.

I’ve had similar garbage get on my computer in the past – but I was able to get rid of them with Malwarbytes Software or Spybot Software. At one time, both had free useful versions. I’ve used AVG with success in the past as well, but it’s not free anymore either. Only Spybot still maintains a free program. I did eventually buy AVG, but found to too large and pervasive on my system – and constant nagging to buy more of their stuff.

In this instance however, neither Malwarbytes or Spybot would remove – or even detect – this disgusting Virus. I’ve sent both companies email, but so far no indication that they know anything about it. These are usually good Programs …

Note: I’ve been attempting to use Microsoft Windows Defender - for a long time – but it seems to detect nothing. Ever. Nothing. Never has. Even while Malwarbytes and Spybot were detecting dozens of things. Likewise for Microsoft Malicious Malware Tool. It scans your system (for hours). But finds nothing. Nada. Microsoft Firewall might be good (?), but it’s Virus detection software appears to be garbage. Are you listening Microsoft????? Take some of your Billions of dollars and fix your useless Virus Software. Please.

By the way, this virus also seems to attempt to block any Internet Searches to find out how to remove it and also to sell you phony “Istart123 Virus removal software” – which will most likely install more garbage on your system. This is an old trick that these Virus making scums use: Infect your computer – then sell you a product to remove the Infection.

Why nobody arrests these morons … ??? I guess they can’t find them?

I also received a very suspiciously worded email with a PDF attachment – which I suspect is from these guys – as they’ve noticed I’ve been trying to get rid of their crap. I immediately threw it away. The lowest of the low.

So after several failed attempts to remove this thing via instructions from the Net and videos on YouTube I finally was told that there was a free Virus/Trojan detection program called SpyHunter would detect it and remove. I located the SpyHunter site - downloaded the program, installed it, and ran it. After an hour it claimed to have detected “114 Toolbar Infections”, 12 infections of “istart123″, 5 infections of “mysearchdial Toolbar”, 4 infections of “Softonic Search Toolbar”, 13 infections of “Speeddial Search”, etc etc.

Only one problem: when you go to purge these infection suddenly SpyHunter pops up a screen informing you that they won’t remove them unless you buy the “program for $30″ – or “40 Dollars” for Spyhunter deluxe. “OH, did we forget to tell you that??? before you downloaded it? Installed it? Ran it? I hope you don’t think we hid that bit of information because we knew you wouldn’t Download it, Install it, and Run it … ?”

This is more standard operating and business procedure you find on the Internet. Ethics and Integrity be damned. Money is all that matters.

I don’t expect anything for nothing, but don’t please don’t deliberately deceive me and pretend you’re a reputable company. Thank you. Now go to hell.

So … here I am. That garbage is still on my system. And I can’t get it off.

I may have to completely re-install Windows to get rid of it? I’m not even sure that will work?

Yes folks … there’s plenty of badguys out there.

Easy to find on the Net.

James Garner ________ Incidental Images

21 Jul

“I don’t like to watch me on the screen. I don’t think I’m very good.”
- James Garner 

Most everybody else had a different opinion.

There was a purity about James Garner – as plain and pure as the driven rain.
People sensed it … and liked it.



Some Trivia: 

Lost his mother when he was 5, and he & his two brothers were split up & sent off to live with relatives.He has two brothers, Jack Garner & Charlie Bumgarner. Jack died in 2011 and Charlie died in 1985.

Before he was an actor, he had 75 odd jobs including pumping gas to modeling men’s clothing.

Had both knees replaced.

Had quintuple heart bypass surgery.

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1990.

Had helped organize Martin Luther King’s famous “March on Washington” civil rights demonstration, four years before going to Vietnam. (1963).

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James Garner ________ Western Icon Passes

20 Jul

James Garner

April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014 

Who was that tall dark stranger there … ?

Maverick Banner

Leaving things a lot better than when he found it … 

Western Heritage Awards

James Garner Bronze Wrangler Award

1996 Won Bronze Wrangler Television Feature Film / Streets of Laredo (1995)
Shared with: Suzanne De Passe (executive producer), Robert Halmi Jr. (executive producer), Larry McMurtry (executive producer), Diana Ossana (executive producer), Larry Levinson (producer), Joseph Sargent (director), Sissy Spacek (principal actor), Sam Sheppard (principal actor)

Inducted Hall of Great Western Performers

In 1990, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Golden Boot Award

James Garner Golden Boot

Academy Awards, USA

1986 Nominated Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role / Murphy’s Romance (1985)

James Garner Murpy's Romance

Screen Actors Guild Awards

James Garner Life Achievement Award

2005 Won Life Achievement Award

2005 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role / The Notebook (2004)
1999 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries / Legalese (1998)
1996 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries / The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise (1995)
1995 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries / The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. (1994)

Golden Globes, USA

James Garner Golden Globe

1995 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV / Breathing Lessons (1994)
1994 Won Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV / Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
1991 Won Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV / Decoration Day (1990)
1987 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV / Promise (1986) For playing “Bob Beuhler”.
1986 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical / Murphy’s Romance (1985)
1985 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV / Heartsounds (1984)
1982 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical / Bret Maverick (1981)
1980 Nominated Golden Globe Best TV Actor – Drama / The Rockford Files (1974)
1979 Nominated Golden Globe Best TV Actor – Drama / The Rockford Files (1974)
1978 Nominated Golden Globe Best TV Actor – Drama / The Rockford Files (1974)
1964 Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Actor – Musical/Comedy / The Wheeler Dealers (1963)
1958 Won Golden Globe Most Promising Newcomer – Male Together with John Saxon and Patrick Wayne.

Primetime Emmy Awards

James Garner Emmy

1994 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special / Breathing Lessons (1994)
1993 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special / Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
1991 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special / Decoration Day (1990)
1989 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Drama / Comedy Special Hallmark Hall of Fame
Shared with: Peter K. Duchow (executive producer), Daniel Petrie (producer)
For episode “My Name Is Bill W. (#38.3)”.
1989 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) For episode “My Name Is Bill W. (#38.3)”.
1987 Won Primetime Emmy Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special
Promise (1986) Shared with: Peter K. Duchow (executive producer),
Glenn Jordan (producer), 
Richard Friedenberg (co-producer)
Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special / Promise (1986)
For playing “Bob Beuhler”.
1985 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special / Heartsounds (1984)
1982 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series / Bret Maverick (1981)
1980 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series / The Rockford Files (1974)
1979 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series / The Rockford Files (1974)
1978 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series / The Rockford Files (1974)
1977 Won Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series / The Rockford Files (1974)
1976 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series / The Rockford Files (1974)
1959 Nominated Primetime Emmy
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series / Maverick (1957)

James Garner Bambi

Bambi Awards

1999 Won Honorary Bambi Lifetime Achievement
1977 Won Bambi TV Series International / The Rockford Files (1974)

Golden Apple Awards

1987 – Male Star of the Year / Promise (1986) - Shared with James Wood

James Garner Laurel Awards

James Garner Statue

Thanks Jim …. you are missed already.


The Lone Ranger / Posters and such …

17 Jul

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Lone Ranger outfit fetches nearly $200,000 …

15 Jul

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 1:44 pm |Updated: 1:12 am, Tue Jul 15, 2014.

Bidding on the powder-blue shirt and trousers, hat, holster and Colt sidearms made famous by “The Lone Ranger” television series in the 1950s hit a lull at about $100,000, then took off like a silver bullet, eventually bringing $195,000 for the estate of longtime Waco businessman Robert E. Davis.

The Ranger outfit, worn by actor Clayton Moore when he made appearances as the character after the series ended, highlighted the sale hosted by A&S Auction, attracting buyers from around the state to Waco and from around the country by phone.

When the counting and fast talking had concluded, the “Western Auction” had generated $790,000 for multiple sellers — of which A&S took 20 percent.

“It went very well,” said auctioneer and A&S owner Scott Franks, who had pointed to Saturday’s sale as something special, primarily because of the Lone Ranger memorabilia.

The buyer, a collector from North Texas whom Franks has known for years, prefers to remain unidentified for now.

“He wants to keep it in his main corporate office and just look at it for a while,” Franks said. “Someday, he may not mind his name being made public.”

Davis’ son, Earl Davis, said the family was pleased by the work of A&S Auction and the price his late father’s once-prized possessions captured.

“The sale itself was pretty exciting,” said Davis, who serves as president of the family business founded in 1928, Davis Brothers Publishing.

“The bidding hit $100,000, and the next thing I knew they were saying $105,000, $110,000, $115,000. It was fun to watch,” Davis said.

The proceeds will go to Davis’ mother, Mary Ann Davis, who likely will invest it, Davis said.

Meanwhile, the family is making plans to sell another item the elder Davis acquired in the 1960s — a receipt signed by Col. William B. Travis for coffee, lead for use in firearms and other provisions for the men defending the Alamo in March 1836 from the onslaught of Mexican Gen. Santa Anna.

It will be offered for sale Sept. 17 in Boston, and a reserve bid of $100,000 has been established, “but I’d like to think we can get at least $125,000,” Davis said.

A receipt Travis signed to secure 30 head of beef for the defenders of the Alamo once produced a $170,000 payday for the Davis family.

Other Lone Ranger-related items proved popular at Saturday’s sale.

A small plastic radio crafted by Majestic Radio & Television Co. and bearing the image of the “masked man” sold for $1,600 to Bob Bruning, of Omaha, Nebraska, who also shelled out $1,750 for a Ranger-related silver bullet.

“Clayton Moore, who played the Lone Ranger, would give these .45-caliber bullets to U.S. presidents and to crippled children,” Franks said.

Meanwhile, John Runk, of St. Genevieve, Missouri, called in the winning bid of $8,000 on a single-action Army Colt revolver that had bidders salivating because it was inspected by Orville W. Ainsworth, the first principal subinspector assigned by the War Department to examine products of Colt Firearms.

The gun, which was dubbed the Peacemaker, was heavily used by the U.S. Cavalry during the 1870s, including George Armstrong Custer’s 7th Cavalry Regiment.

A total of more than 450 items found new owners, the list including Western art, spurs, antiques, firearms and novelty items such as old poker chips and playing cards.

Franks said A&S hosts three or four major auctions a year, and he spends the balance of his time contracting to carry out sales for smaller estates.

2014 Calgary Stampede: Payday

14 Jul


Morgan Grant

Morgan Grant / Calf Roping

Kaycee Field - Bareback

Kaycee Field / Bareback

Trevor Knowles

Trevor Knowles / Steer Wrestling

Dustin Flundra

Dustin Flundra / Saddle Bronc

Kaley Bass - Barrel Racing

Kaley Bass / Barrel Racing

Scott Schiffner - Bull Riding

Scott Schiffner / Bull Riding

Kurt Bensmiller

Kurt Bensmiller / Chuckwagon Races

Kurt Bensmiller

Kurt Bensmiller Chucks_______________________________________________________________

Clayton Moore

Who was that masked man anyway ??

My Darling Clementine (1946) Revisited

14 Jul


One of the most important Westerns ever made – in raising the Western genre from B Pulp to legitimate theatre.

Originally posted on Tim Neath - Visual Artist:

My Darling Clementine (1946)I remember seeing My Darling Clementine (1946) very early on when I started to watch all these classic films which now inform my work. I wasn’t aware at all of what this film was really about. Seeing a man come into town taking the marshals job to ensure that he could seek out revenge for his brothers murder. It’s only with the passing of time, and seeing more film adaptations of the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral that I can see a lineage going on here, as new information is found new films are made. Different directors give their spin to the events, John Sturges gave us two interpretations Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) and The Hour of the Gun (1957) which expanded vasty on the events that we all know of. Here however in the events are told from the true perspective of 

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ORPHAN BLACK: Why the Emmy Awards are a complete joke and should be ignored.

11 Jul

I never planned to watch Orphan Black. But I kept hearing good things about it.

Finally I relented. I was shocked. It was brilliant.

Here’s this completely unknown actress - Tatiana Maslany – playing 9 different roles/clones - and doing a superb job.
Here are these people who do camera gymnastics and have 4 of these clones interacting with each other in the same room – in the same scene !!
Incredible stuff.

Result: the show has been ignored two years in a row by the TV academy!!! Scratch your head? Slap your head.

I don’t watch Award shows to begin with, but if they ever wanted to completely decimate the very little credibility they now have, they’ve done a perfect job.

Orphan Black 2

Am I saying Orphan Black is everybody’s cup of tea and you should watch it? No. But excellent work and talent should be acknowledged and rewarded.
Especially by those who pretend to do such things.



8 Jul

William Close & EHC – Performs “Earth Harp Mini Symphony”
Live at Willow Creek

“The Greatest Show on Earth”

July 4 – 13. 2014

Calgary Stampede poster 2014

Founded 1886 (Exhibition)
1912 (Rodeo)

Calgary Stampede bronco

william shatner 1

William Shatner / Parade Marshall 2014

william shatner

The Chucks

The Chucks

Calgary and Stampede

Calgary and Stampede Midway


William Close and the Earth Harp

William Close and The Earth Harp

“Following huge success on America’s Got Talent, William Close and his Earth Harp have continued to wow audiences around the world! Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright quote “Architecture is frozen music”, Close will be creating his musical installation right here on Stampede Park. Developed in 1999, the Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument on the planet.”

The Lone Ranger Creed … Revisited

7 Jul

The Lone Ranger Creed

The enduring popularity of the original Lone Ranger is a very interesting phenomenon which must mystify a lot of todays young people who never grew up with it – and probably consider the whole thing to be somewhat Camp in character.
Yet there are still several (many?) Lone Ranger websites on the internet – well over 60 years after the masked man rode across our black and white TV sets.
That says that something is special. But what? Why?

What was it about this guy – and what he stood for – that grabbed so many people … and still does?

Surely a part of it is embodied in The Lone Ranger Creed.

The Lone Ranger Theme / William Tell Overture /  Gioachino Rossini

The Lone Ranger Creed 2

The Lone Ranger Mask

The Lone Ranger Creed 1

The Lone Ranger: “Only you, Tonto, know I’m alive. To the world, I’ll be buried here beside my brother and my friends… forever.”

Tonto: “You are alone now. Last man. You are lone ranger.”

The Lone Ranger: “Yes, Tonto, I am… the Lone Ranger.”

The Lone Ranger pistol bar

Clayton Moore - The Lone Ranger

“Once I got the Lone Ranger role, I didn’t want any other.”

~ Clayton Moore

Hang the Spammers …

4 Jul

Not sure if this law is going to be effective, but it’s a nod in the right direction. I get spam mostly from Bots – programs that automatically send out crap that attempts to invade vulnerable sites. Most is easy to spot, but some I really have to scrutinize carefully. Sorry if I’ve blocked anybody that was legitimate. 

Anti-spam law carries hefty fines

Bill C-28 to crack down on spammers, but not email volumes: Expert

By Matt Kwong, CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2010 1:54 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 2:08 PM ET

Canada’s first anti-spam legislation will empower authorities to fine aggressive spammers. But while cyber security experts welcomed the bill on Wednesday, they say it may not dramatically reduce the volume of unsolicited emails we receive.

Bill C-28, the new Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act, is a misnomer for that reason, said David Poellhuber, the chief operating officer of the Montreal-based managed security firm ZeroSpam.

“It’s not going to have a bit of an effect on the total volume of spam,” he told CBC News.

“The spam we receive is sent mostly from botnets, which account for 70 per cent of spam worldwide. That’s spam coming from your mother-in-law’s computer that’s infected. It’s coming from victims’ computers.”

Canada is not known as a source that originates a lot of outgoing spam, but the botnets — collections of hijacked or “zombie” computers that unwittingly attack vulnerable networks — are able to target us from afar.

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