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Filmed in Alberta and Argentina.
(Never film a movie in a location that doesn’t begin and end with an ‘A’.
Already generating controversy:
It’s long. 2 1/2 hours.
It’s brutal. People left the theatre during a recent screening.
It has another brilliant performance by DiCaprio. Nominated for Best Actor 4 times. Will he win this time?
I say yes.
September 1949 – November 2015
The hidden purposes of our journey.
For what you gave and showed us.
Bless You Sandie.
From Brother Doug
A post or two ago I was trying to identify the circled skater
in the old photo below.
Thanks to my Brothers, Chris, Bruce and Doug
for their submissions in solving this mystery !
Brother Bruce, Wayne Vockeroth, Tom Wright, and Brother Doug.
Brother Bruce writes:
“Jer, Pretty sure the kid next to me is Wayne Vockeroth we chummed around together for a while. Talking about 30 below hockey I can remember a frozen puck hitting a goal post and breaking in half. Also at 30 below your skates don’t grip the ice – its like trying to skate on glass. Remember playing hockey on the old slough in Brooks? We would play until our feet froze solid and then go back to the house and holler like hell while they defrosted man that was painful, but of course after they warmed up out we would go again. You can’t beat a good time.”
You got that Right Bruce !!! I’d go back in a blink – frozen feet and all.
Andl Wayne – if you’re still out there – wherever you are? – this is for you.
Thanks for the great times.
You too Tom !
MFW: some bill this movie as Horror … not Western.
Likely why it’s being released at Halloween.
Apologizing for my lack of posting recently. I’ve been working most days and just didn’t have the time to do anything. Now I’m going away for 4 days.
But hang in there … I’m working on a ton of stuff and I’ll be back to normal shortly.
In the meantime I found this amazing documentary on Stunts in early films. It’s a bit long, but I think you’ll enjoy it. Have a look.
See y’all soon …
Buck Jones / Iconic Images / Steeds of Renown
“In my pictures we never let up on the action. They’ve got as much movement as the silents. In the last one I rode a horse through a plate-glass window, and that’s the sort of thing pictures need.” – Buck Jones.
(MFW: Haven’t heard how Silver felt about that)
Buck and Silver
An interesting publicity photo – as the first in my series of Iconic Images of Western Stars rearing on their Steeds. Why interesting? Because you can’t see Buck’s face! He might as well be wearing sunglasses and a beard. Makes me wonder why they even released it? But it’s the only photo I could find of Buck rearing up on Silver. If you know of another, please send it over.
You no doubt noticed that Buck’s horse is called Silver – same name as the Lone Ranger’s famous horse. However, Silver was a fairly common name for white horses before the ‘Ranger showed up.
Buck Jones – A Short Bio
Actor / Producer / Director / Writer
Actor (168 movies) / Producer (23 credits) / Director (3 credits) / Writer (3 credits) / Self (8 credits)
Buck Jones (December 12, 1891 – November 30, 1942)
Birthname: Charles Frederick Gebhart
born on the outskirts of Vincennes, Indiana
- In 1907, Jones joined the US Army a month after his sixteenth birthday. (His mother had signed a consent form that gave his age as eighteen)
Was Assigned to the Philippines – October, 1907, served in combat and was wounded during the Moro Rebellion. Honorably discharged at Fort McDowell, California.
- Had an affection for race cars. Worked extensively as a test driver for the Marmon Motor Car Company.
- October 1910, re-enlisted in the US Army. Second honorable discharge from the Army in October 1913.
- Began working as a cowboy on the 101 Ranch near Bliss, Oklahoma.
- He was hired by Universal Pictures for $5 per day as a bit player and stuntman.
- Later worked for Canyon Pictures, then Fox Film Corporation, eventually earning $40 per week as a stuntman. With Fox his salary increased to $150 per week.
- Became a backup to Tom Mix. Led to his first starring role, The Last Straw (1920)
- By 1925 Jones had more than 160 film credits to his name and joined Hoot Gibson, Tom Mix, and Ken Maynard as the top cowboy actors of the day.
- 1928 started his own company, independently produced film The Big Hop (a non-Western) which failed.
- Then organized a touring Wild West show – also failed due to the faltering economy of late 1929.
- Talking pictures replacing silent films – and Westerns briefly fell out of favor.
- Signed with then-humble Columbia Pictures for Westerns for $300 a week, a fraction of his top salary in the silent film days.
- Re-establishing him as a major movie name. During the 1930s he starred in Western features and serials for Columbia and Universal Pictures.
- His star fell again in the late 1930’s when singing cowboys became the rage.
- He rejoined Columbia in 1940, starring in the serial White Eagle . The new serial was a hit. Jones was reestablished.
- His final series of Western features, co-produced by Jones featured The Rough Riders trio: Buck Jones, Tim McCoy, and Raymond Hatton.
- 1937, Jones starred in Hoofbeats, a 15-minute radio program.
- Tragic Death: Buck Jones was one of the 492 victims of the 1942 Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston, Massachusetts.
MFW: Buck Jones: An interesting and admirable man. An authentic cowboy who knew how to role with the punches – kept re-inventing himself with each shortfall – until his tragic end.
Buck Jones / Iconic Images / Steeds of Renown