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On the Horizon …

24 Mar

I haven’t posted anything in about a week so some folks think I’m not doing anything. Wrong!

I’m actually doing too much – spreading myself a bit thin.

Here’s what I’m working on:


The Wild Bunch:
Casting Robert Ryan

RYAN Wild Bunch Cast

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Steeds of Renown

Profiles of Western Stars and their wondrous mounts


Dale Evans and Buttermilk

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Richard Farnsworth
and the Stuntman’s Association

Richard Farnsworth


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Black Cowboy:
The Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers

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and much more …

Hang in there.




Bi-Monthly Rant … Charisma and Star Power

3 Mar

Yeeee Hawww !!

William S. Hart

About Charisma and Star Power …

Sumpthin’ that Cindy (Cindy Bruchman ( said got me thinking (and around here thinking is like loco weed – it can send your charging off across the desert – in any direction – looking for the nearest waterhole)

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Charisma … It’s cruel really.
Can’t invent it .. Can’t bottle it.
It’s like gold.
It’s either there .. or it ain’t.
And it don’t care how talented you are .. how smart you are … or how much experience you’ve got …
It don’t even care if you can act.
Nor if you’re a nice guy … or a jerk.
It’s a gift … sorta … from God. Bestowed upon a chosen few.

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In the old days of movie making they used to do what you call ‘Screen Tests’.
(Not sure if they still do or not?)
The purpose of Screen Testing was not to see if you could act (or not) – as most actors thought (or hoped).
It was to see if you ‘had it’: The magic. Charisma.
And all the acting lessons in God’s creation wouldn’t get you a job if the guys in the seats couldn’t see that indefinable magic …

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Many actors of the 50’s balked at the Star System – the control and power of the old Studios. That’s understandable. BUT … these studios also ensured – to a good degree – that quality people and product got on the screen. Compare the staple and stable of Stardom that we have today with those of yesteryear. Not many Stars of the modern era could stand in that group. Because the Studios also screened – to a degree – the quality of Character, etc. Class … had it’s place. But they also developed, discovered and trained talent – Dance, Song, Stage, Acting … etc. Everything.

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Today … there’s exceptions of course – like Tom Hanks and uh … uh … I’ll get back to you.

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Yet recently I heard a film critic say that Star Power is less important than it used to be.
That could be true considering some of the crud that crossed my screen recently – which is making money – and some of the people in it.

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OK .. I’m going to cut it off here. My thinking is turning into a rant … and a posse is forming.


One Note: If you don’t have Charisma, don’t sweat it. It doesn’t mean that your worthless, evil, useless, bad, or anything like that …

It just means nobody (but your Mom) is gonna watchya.

gary cooper

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Unforgiven/Yurusarezaru mono (2013) and Unforgiven (1992)

14 Feb

Originally posted on Tim Neath - Visual Artist:

Unforgiven:Yurusarezaru mono (2013)I’ve been waiting to catch the Japanese remake of Unforgiven (1992), wondering how it would compare, which I can’t help but do. On the face of it these two films are the same in terms of the basic plot, the three men who ride into avenge a prostitute has been attacked. There is however more added depth to Unforgiven/Yurusarezaru mono (2013)  with the added strand of their countries civil war between the now samurai and Shoshon in the 1860’s, which mirrors the American civil, I don’t remember that in Eastwoodwestern at all. (However I haven’t seen it in 4 years) which gives the characters more of a back-story, not just gunfighters who left a trail of death and destruction in their wake. Much the same goes for the two elder men Jubei Kamata (Ken Watanabe) and Kingo Baba (Akira Emoto) who start out on…

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Black Cowboy 2 … an Essay in Images

6 Feb

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Black Cowboy 1 … an Essay in Images

2 Feb

Sammy Davis Jr.s’ dream of playing a Western Hero/Cowboy was likely greatly lessened by the false belief that there were no Black cowboys in the Old West.

But there were. Plenty. Just not in the cinema.

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Black Cowboy painting

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Cowboy Nat Love – (Deadwood Dick) 


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Black cowboys of Texas

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Black Buckaroos

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A Man Called Horse (1970)

19 Jan


A powerful and unique movie.
Not a Favorite, but worthy.

Originally posted on Tim Neath - Visual Artist:

A Man Called Horse (1970)A few months ago I was reading a book at work about the depiction of Native Americans in the western genre. There was a chapter that discussed a revisionist western where an Englishman is captured and assimilated into their culture over the course of the film. Observing how this was dealt with in comparison to others in the past which were treated more as rescue stories, returning the captured white man back to civilised society. Whilst also considering the damage that their time with a native trie will do to the individual, will they be scared and damaged as we found this horrifyingly in The Searchers (1956), or should they be abandoned or shot in Two Rode Together (1961), these are just two examples of a discussion that was going on in the 19th century. The effect of one primitive culture on a more advanced one (as we…

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Saskatchewan …

15 Jan

The Canadian West … 

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Sadly, apart from sporadic notable incidents like the Klondike Gold Rush, most
of Canadian Western History was not recorded in any manner.
Nor did we have a Film Industry …

Ah well …


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