Henry Hathaway Director of Westerns / To the Last Man / Part 3

20 Sep


It’s a Beautiful Day

To the Last Man / 1933

Randolph and Shirley 

“Then the traveler in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
How could he see where to go,
If you did not twinkle so?”

Not cute at all. *cough*

When I was a kid I hated Shirley Temple. On Saturday mornings I had to share TV time with my little sister – who always seemed to be watching a Shirley Temple movie. I just knew that Roy, RandolphRory, Cisco, and Hopalong (or some other Western Star) was on the other channel. It was infuriating watching that little cherub dancing around when decent cowboys were galloping into the sunset! Many years later I came to appreciate Shirley as the very special person and talent that she was. Today when I look back on it all, I really have to marvel that she was the Top Box Office Star for four consecutive years: 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938! Partly because I figured only women and girls were watching her movies!? It sure wasn’t me – or any guy that I knew. Could women and girls really have comprised that huge an audience?? Especially during the Great Depression? I still haven’t figured it out. It’s safe to say however, that Shirley – her incredible personality and talent – was a very important person during those very difficult and troubled days. She seemed a person born for the moment.

So … 5-year-old Shirley had an uncredited bit role in To the Last Man which Starred Randolph Scott. You can see on the poster below that she got no Billing in the movie.That would soon change. More than just a dimple and some curls.

I think Randy and Shirley got along just fine. 

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 

Flash ahead 5 years … to 1938. To Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Shirley is 10-years-old. Her Star has started to fade, but she still commands the Bill – as the Banner and Poster show. Randolph is second on the Bill now. Quite a turn around.

No CGI necessary 
But they still got along just fine

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

BY JANE TAYLOR
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveler in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
How could he see where to go,
If you did not twinkle so?

In the dark blue sky you keep,
Often through my curtains peep
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveler in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

Next … To the Last Man
Part 4

Invasion of the Yellow Jacket Wasps …

18 Sep

See this guy? Some of you will know him well. He’s called a Yellow Jacket Wasp. And sadly, he has been a problem these last 2 years around here. Seems like anytime you have a hot dry Summer you get a lot of these guys. ?? Last year they built a nest under our back step. I tried to co-exist with them, but after a while it just didn’t work. They were getting into the house. We couldn’t barbecue or sit out back either – they would land on our food – or us. Their sting is pretty bad. I once got stung by one and I could still feel it 2 years later.

Finally, I decided I had to do something about them. I tried to block the hole to their nest – hoping they would re-locate. Didn’t work. Then I sprayed Wasp Killer into the hole when they were asleep. That didn’t work either.

Finally, a friend told me about this stuff.

Rescue Yellow Jacket Killer

It’s made by an outfit named Rescue and called Yellow Jacket Killer. I didn’t really want to kill them – or anything … but …

Fill the bag half way with water and hang it up, he said. “There’s something in there that attracts them.” DON’T hang it near your door, barbecue or picnic table though, he advised.

I was skeptical …

But then … I was amazed. They were swarming around it instantly. It started killing them … and killing them. They couldn’t wait go in there and die. I felt like Mickey with the magic broom sticks … like it was out of control … it was Yellow Jacket BootHill … in my backyard. The guys under the steps disappeared pretty quickly. But others kept coming. The neighbor accused me of Yellow Jacket genocide …

It’s slowed down a bit now, but hasn’t stopped. You see that black mass in the bag? That’s dead Yellow Jackets. Hundreds of them.

I pray that Yellow Jackets don’t hold some essential place in the balance of nature? But why else would they exist?

If they’d just built there nest some place else …

I’m open to any solutions that might get rid of them without killing any. ??

Henry Hathaway Director of Westerns / To the Last Man / Part 2

16 Sep


the circle / byrds 

To the Last Man / 1933

Now … where was I? Oh yeah, To the Last Man Casting. I’ll get back to Shirley in a minute because she’s worthy of a lot more space.

Meanwhile:

Our Hero, 35 year-old Randolph was a pretty terrible Actor in 1933 – very wooden. But became very good later on and is indisputably one of the greatest Western Movie Actors of all time –  Starring in over 50 Westerns.

Esther Ralston plays a pretty hard bitten gal in the movie (guess that’s how Grey wrote it). But she’s not short on looks.

Noah Beery is a back shooting badguy – again – with his hillbilly partner John Carradine.

Colorized Lobby Cards.

Some bad karma chases our hero all the way back to his youth.

Jack LaRue plays a lecherous thug.

Fuzzy Knight supplies some comic relief.

A Review or Two

Original book cover

Illustrations by Frank Spradling

Next … Part 4
To the Last Man

So long Facebook …

15 Sep

I’ve had my issues with Facebook over the years. Frankly, my main issue is that I’ve never felt safe on there. Now I recently learned that your Facebook account can be cloned. People can create another site that appears to be yours – without your knowledge or permission – and use it for whatever purposes they wish – and people will think it is you.

Since Facebook apparently can’t stop this, I’m getting out. I suppose it’s not Facebook’s fault – the Net is rife with crooks – and perhaps the chances of such a thing occurring are slim – but, for me, this is unacceptable.

Too bad.

 

Henry Hathaway Director of Westerns / To the Last Man / Part 1

11 Sep


only time

To the Last Man / 1933

“The Law of Vengeance is the Law of the Land!”

“A Lawless Breed in a Lawless Land!”

“A Fight to the Finish … which could only lead to … Death!”

You might think that these old Westerns are pretty formula – same Director, same Cast, etc. But when you dig a bit deeper you’ll find something special about each one. And To the Last Man has a couple of surprises. 

To the Last Man / 1933

It’s 1933 – the Great Depression – the Dirty Thirties – and Henry Hathaway has just completed To the Last Man – the last of 5 Westerns that he Directed in 1933 – 4 of which Starred young Randolph Scott.

One special feature of all of these movies was that they were created from books written by legendary Western writer, Zane Grey. This assured us a good yarn, with strong characters and dialogue – unlike many of the pulp Westerns of the era.

This sometimes made for some unusual story telling. For instance, Scott (the Star of To the Last Man) doesn’t make his appearance in the movie until about the 23:00 minute mark! – and the movie is only 1:08 minutes long. Very few films would hold back the appearance of it’s Star for that long!

The Cast

Yes these movies often used a cast of Stock players (Scott, Noah Beery, Buster Crabbe, Harry Carey, Raymond Hatton, Fuzzy Knight …)
BUT … let’s look at bit closer at the Casting list for To the Last Man

Notice anything special? Any names that jump out at you?
If you say John Carradine I’ll definitely give you point.
BUT that’s not the name I’m talking about.
Waaaaay down on the list among  the Uncredited Cast names …

See her?

Holy Doodle!
It’s Shirley Temple!

Yes, this was one of Shirley’s very first movies!
5-year-old Shirley is not a Star yet (obviously) and despite a line or two of dialogue
she gets no Credit.

I’m pretty sure that nobody at that time had any clue that in about 2 years Shirley would become one for the Biggest Movie Stars in Hollywood History
and the Movie Box-Office Champion for the consecutive years 1935-36-37-38.

Twinkle Twinkle … 

Next … Part 2
To the Last Man

Bluenose … a photo essay … Part 5

1 Sep


The Old Captain / Brillig

From bow to stern …
Yesteryear

One more turn at the wheel.

Frank McCarthy / Western Artist Part 2

29 Aug


Long Hard Ride / Marshall Tucker Band / 1976

After a while Frank was encouraged to go purely to Western Fine Art Painting. He did – and turned out a huge amount of quality work. I’m posting just a few of his images here.

Frank McCarthy

Western Paintings

Amazing! You can see the brilliance of his work. 

A great Western Artist.  

 

Frank McCarthy / Western Artist Part 1

29 Aug


Heard it in a Love Song / Marshall Tucker Band

Just to get something up on my board I thought I’d post some images of Western Art. Of course, it turned into a mammoth project. But a good one.

There is a lot of great Western Artwork around – and many excellent Western Artists. In fact, if I was to dedicate this blog to Western Art alone, I would have enough material to exhibit on a daily basis for a very looong time.

Among the many exceptional Western Artists was a guy named Frank McCarthy.

Frank McCarthy

Biography

Born in New York City, he studied under George Bridgman and Reginald Marsh at the Art Students League of New York then attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Types of works

McCarthy began his art career as a commercial illustrator, opening his own studio in 1948. He did illustrations for most of the paperback book publishers, magazines, including ColliersArgosy, and True, movie companies, and advertisements.

Among McCarthy’s film poster work were The Ten CommandmentsThe Great EscapeThe TrainThe Glory GuysThe Dirty DozenDark of the SunDay of AngerOnce Upon a Time in the West, and in conjunction with Robert McGinnis ThunderballYou Only Live Twice and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

McCarthy left the commercial art world in 1968 in order to concentrate on Western paintings. In 1975 he was invited to join the Cowboy Artists of America. His 1972 painting “The Last Crossing” was used by The Marshall Tucker Band in 1976 for the cover of their fifth studio album, Long Hard Ride. He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1997.

Death

McCarthy died of lung cancer in 2002 at his home of 30 years in Sedona, Arizona.

Frank McCarthy Western Movie Posters



“All glory is fleeting.”

 What could be more Western that Cowboys fighting dinosaurs?

musical interlude …

28 Aug

…. while i work on a couple of things.

Bluenose … a photo essay … Part 4

21 Aug


fishermans blues / the waterboys

Bluenose / Part 4

Legendary Bluenose Skipper: Captain Angus Walters
with the Fisherman’s Cup

After lunch … 

Weigh anchor! 

Heading for open water … 

A fair wind rising!

Make sail!

Haul away boys!

Way hay and up she rises!

Mainsail.

Under way!Before the wind … 


Jerry Lewis … Cowpoke

21 Aug

“I am probably the most selfish man you will ever meet in your life. No one gets the satisfaction or the joy that I get out of seeing kids realize there is hope.”

Jerry Lewis made one Western.
It was called Pardners – with his Soul brother, Dean Martin. 

Somewhere they’re having a good chuckle right now.
Jerry Lewis 
1926 – 2017
Laaaaaaaaaadyyyyyyyy !!!!

It’s been a hell of a slice Jerry. 

Thanks.

Bluenose … Part 3

11 Aug


Bluenose / The Original Houghton Weavers

Bluenose / Part 3

Time to swab the decks.

A mop in both hands!

Hosing ‘er down.

I might have done more talking than swabbing.

Polishing the bell is an special assignment. 

And a joyful one.

Those portholes were tarnished!

Repairing a turnbuckle.

Learning some knots.

Charting course.

Modern navigation.

On course – Mahone Bay

A turn at the helm!
A dream come true!

Steady as she goes.

Bringing her in.

Mahone Bay.

Ready anchor!

Sploosh!

Time for lunch.

Coming Up!: Set Sails!!

Email problems …

11 Aug

I havent been able to access my email since I have been on this trip. Therefore I am not able to check updates from other blogs. Sorry. But I will be back home in a couple of days and I will get up to date asap. Thank you.

BLUENOSE 2 … Part 2

8 Aug

ggggg
We Rise Again / Raylene Rankin

Bluenose / Part 2

Casting Off!

Rose working the lines!

Like a pro!

Heading out.

A promise of wind. 
Could we ask for a more beautiful day?

Clearing the Point. 
Lunenburg behind.

An expert tells us the story of the Bluenose.

Coffee time … but don’t ring that bell. 

Heading for Mahone Bay. 
Hoping for some wind after lunch. 

BLUENOSE 2 … Part 1

5 Aug

On Saturday, Rose and I head for Niagara Falls, Ontario. My Summer Holidays. We’ll be gone 9 days so I don’t know if I’ll be able to post anything during that time. I’ll try.
I was born in Ontario, but I’ve never been back there since I was 2 years old. This is going to be interesting.


Fare Thee Well Love / The Rankin Family

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia / July 28, 2016

Last year however, my Summer Holiday was extra special – a gift from Rose – a sail on the Bluenose 2 Schooner – the only item on my bucket list. And this was to be the first sail of what they called Crew for the Day – where they take just a few folks as guest crew for the day. It cost 500 bucks, but it was worth every dime.

Building up to it though, had 2 fears : the weather – would it be windy, rainy? … foggy … or what? And sea sickness. I hadn’t been out on the ocean for a long time and if there was going to large swells, well … how would I handle it? I didn’t know …


We were up at dawn and headed down to the dock …

Clear sky … no wind.

Rendezvous at Bluenose Store … first to arrive.

Muster. There’s about 12 of us.
Captain Phil Watson fills us in.

Peek inside … lots of Bluenoses.

They give us a Bluenose windbreaker and a t-shirt.
We head down to the dock. 

Permission to board. 

Ready to go … 

Crew introduction.

That gal looks heavy, but she was a hell of a Seaman/Woman.

Everybody was great.

Head below to sign in. 

A bit more orientation … 

… that’s port side. No smirking. 

Waiting to cast off … 

 

Sam Shepard … Cowboy

1 Aug

“When you hit a wall – of your own imagined limitations – just kick it in.” 
― Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard

Samuel Shepard Rogers IV is an American playwright, actor, and television and film director. He is the author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983). Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009.

Awards:

Won Obie Award for Best Distinguished Play(s): 1966 Chicago, Icarus’s Mother, Red Cross; 1967 La Turista; 1968 Forensic and the Navigator, Melodrama Play; 1973 The Tooth of Crime
1975 Won Obie Award for Best Playwriting: Action
1977 Won Obie Award for Best New American Play: Curse of the Starving Class
1979 Won Obie Award for Best Playwriting: Buried Child
1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Buried Child
1980 Won Obie Award for Sustained Achievement
1984 Won Obie Award for Best New American Play: Fool for Love
1984 Won Obie Award for Best Direction: Fool for Love
1984 Nominated Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor: The Right Stuff
1985 Nominated BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay: Paris, Texas
1986 Won Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play: A Lie of the Mind
1986 Won New York Drama Critics’ Circle for Best Play: A Lie of the Mind
1986 Won Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play: A Lie of the Mind
1992 Won American Academy of Arts and Letters – Gold Medal for Drama
1994 Inducted American Theatre Hall of Fame
1996 NominatedTony Award for Best Play: Buried Child
1997 Nominated Lone Star Film & Television Award for Best TV Supporting Actor: Hallmark Hall of Fame: “Lily Dale”
1999 Nominated Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Dash and Lilly
1999 Nominated Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film: Dash and Lilly
2000 Nominated Tony Award for Best Play: True West
2001 Nominated Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble: Black Hawk Down
2008 Nominated SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor – TV Movie or Miniseries: Ruffian

Born Samuel Shepard Rogers IV in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, he worked on a ranch as a teenager. His father, Samuel Shepard Rogers, Jr., was a teacher and farmer who served in the United States Army Air Forces as a bomber pilot during World War II; Shepard has characterized him as “a drinking man, a dedicated alcoholic”. His mother, Jane Elaine (née Schook), was a teacher and a native of Chicago, Illinois. Shepard was forced to support his mother and brother when his father’s farm lapsed into insolvency. After graduating from Duarte High School in 1961, he briefly studied agriculture at Mt. San Antonio College, where he became enamored with the oeuvre of Samuel Beckett, jazz, and abstract expressionism. Shepard soon dropped out to join a touring repertory group, the Bishop’s Company.

After securing a position as a busboy at The Village Gate … after winning six Obie Awards between 1966-1968, Shepard emerged as a viable screenwriter … drummed sporadically from 1967 through 1971 with psychedelic folk band The Holy Modal Rounders … (1968).

Shepard’s early science fiction play The Unseen Hand (1969) would influence Richard O’Brien’s stage musical The Rocky Horror ShowCowboy Mouth—a collaboration with then-mistress Patti Smith—was staged for one night at The American Place Theater in April 1971, providing early exposure for the future punk rock singer; seeking to distance himself from Smith and his substance abuse, Shepard relocated with his wife and son to London in the early 1970’s. Returning to America in 1975, he moved to the 20-acre Flying Y Ranch in Mill Valley, California and served for a semester as Regents’ Professor of Drama at the University of California, Davis.

Shepard accompanied Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975 as the ostensible screenwriter of the surrealist Renaldo and Clara (1978) … His diary of the tour (Rolling Thunder Logbook) was published by Penguin Books in 1978. A decade later, Dylan and Shepard co-wrote the 11-minute “Brownsville Girl“, included on Dylan’s Knocked Out Loaded (1986) album and later compilations.

In 1975, he was named playwright-in-residence at the Magic Theatre, where many of his notable works (including his Family Trilogy: Buried Child [1978], Curse of the Starving Class [1978], and True West [1980]) received their premier productions. Some critics expand this grouping to a quintet which includes Fool for Love (1983) and A Lie of the Mind (1985).

Shepard began his acting career in earnest when he was cast as the handsome land baron in Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven (1978), opposite Richard Gere and Brooke Adams. This led to other important films and roles, most notably his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983), earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. By 1986, one of his plays, Fool for Love, was being made into a film directed by Robert Altman; his play A Lie of the Mind was Off-Broadway with an all-star cast including Harvey Keitel and Geraldine Page; he was living with Jessica Lange; and he was working steadily as a film actor—all of which put him on the cover of Newsweek magazine.

Throughout the years, Shepard has done a considerable amount of teaching on writing plays and other aspects of theatre. His classes and seminars have occurred at various theatre workshops, festivals, and universities.

Shepard was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986. He was electedFellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1986.

In 2000, Shepard decided to repay a debt of gratitude to the Magic Theatre by staging his play The Late Henry Moss as a benefit in San Francisco. The cast included Nick NolteSean PennWoody Harrelson, and Cheech Marin. The limited, three-month run was sold out.

In 2001, Shepard had a notable role of General William F. Garrison in the box office hit and cult classic movie Black Hawk Down. Although he was cast in a supporting role, it reinvigorated interest in Shepard among the public and critics alike.

He performed Spalding Gray‘s final monologue Life Interrupted for its audio release through Macmillan Audio in 2006.

In 2007, Shepard contributed banjo to Patti Smith’s cover of Nirvana’s song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on her album Twelve.

Although many artists have had an influence on Shepard’s work, one of the most significant has been actor-director Joseph Chaikin, a veteran of the Living Theatre and founder of a group called the Open Theatre. The two have often worked together on various projects, and Shepard acknowledges that Chaikin has been a valuable mentor.

… publication of the collection Day out of Days: Stories. The book includes “short stories, poems and narrative sketches … that developed from dozens of leather-bound notebooks [Shepard] has carried with him over the years.”

See you Sam

 

Hombre (1967) Page updated …

27 Jul

Hombre (1967)

Favorites Page updated …

Hombre: Hey, I got a question for you.
Boone: What’s that?
Hombre: How are you going to get down that hill?

One Eyed Jacks added to Favorites Pages …

26 Jul

One Eyed Jacks (1961)

Photo manipulation by My Favorite Westerns.com

Henry Hathaway Director of Westerns / Man of the Forest / 1933

25 Jul


home from the forest / lightfoot

Man of the Forest / 1933

I got stuck a bit on this one for. My impression was that this film was more popular than most films in it’s time. I wanted to verify that, but there’s not a lot of history on many of these early Westerns. So my investigation dragged on, but … it has some pretty nice posters and images.

Scott looks a bit like and early Errol Flynn.
Fortunately he later turfed the ‘stache’.

No Trailers available.
However Man of the Forest is classified Public Domain.
http://publicdomainmovies.net/movie/man-of-the-forest

This is one of 20 Zane Grey stories, filmed by Paramount in the 1930s, which they sold to Favorite Films for re-release, circa 1949-1950. The failure of Paramount, the original copyright holder, to renew the film’s copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. (From Internet Movie Database IMDB)

Star Trek Discovery … ?

18 Jul

The brilliant trailers have us salivating for this next incarnation of
Star Trek

but continuous setbacks have now slotted it for Fall 2017 …

Then there’s questions about it accessibility when if finally arrives. 

Just have to wait and see.

Grrrrrrrr rrr r r r r r …

“Im getting damn ornery.”

 

Calgary Stampede Champions 2017

17 Jul

https://myfavoritewesterns.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/smoking-gun-lianna-rose-alt-country-singer-songwriter.mp3
Smoking Gun / Lianna Rose 


Wild Bunch Page added …

13 Jul

After years of procrastinating, I’ve finally gotten around to adding my
Wild Bunch page …

“’bout damn time!”

I still have some stuff to add to it, but it’s huge already.

Hope you like it.

Tombstone Rashomon …

4 Jul

Some folks around Tombstone got restless.

O.K. CORRAL
HAS MANY STORIES

The Fab Four

Alex Cox and DOG Holiday

A cast of thousands.

Tombstone Rashomon to be filmed at Old Tucson Studios.

Epic.

Like I said: must be a hoot.

 

Independence Day / 2017

4 Jul


Battle Hymn of the Republic

Honoring our American Friends on
Independence Day

A special nod to GP Cox over at Pacific Paratrooper
https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/

A Day To Celebrate Canada 150 Birthday

4 Jul

A Canadian friend celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday. Hurrah !

The Orange & Brown Photography blog

                                                    A Day To Celebrate Canada 150 Birthday

                                                              Canada Sesquicentennial !!!

                                                            A Morning at Confederation Park

As a Photographer on Canada Day I Began my Canada Day with a Pancake breakfast down at Calgary Confederation Park to see the unavailing of the 1967 Time Capsule. Before the Time Capsule was opened by the Mayor. There was a free Pancake breakfast by stampede caravan. I took this picture of the 1967  time Capsule with my Canon 70 D.

Capsule Canon 70D ISO 100

The Time Capsule was open by mayor Nenshi at 11 Am on a beautiful hot sunny July 1’st . Inside the Capsule was a sent of coins, newspaper from the opening of Confederation park and program of the official opening of the park. They will put in…

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Hickok … 2017

3 Jul


The Gunfighter

Tagline:
“YOU KNOW THE MYTH … NOW MEET THE LEGEND”

Every year a number of B quality Westerns come out. People just love to make Westerns it seems (which is good) – even if they know they aren’t go set the town on fire. It must be a hoot?
And it always helps if you can round up a couple of Stars that will light up the screen a bit.
Hickok – somehow – was able to do that.

Yep, he’s the older brother of actors Chris and Liam Hemsworth.

I can’t tell how large Kris or Bruce’s roles are. Sometimes they
can just be cameos in these things? Have to wait and see.

I’ve gotten real good at capturing muzzle flash from screen caps.

 James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok

 

Season Seven …

3 Jul


A Game of Thrones / 2017

July 16, 2017

Ready when you are … 

Henry Hathaway / Sunset Pass / Kathleen Burke …

3 Jul


Remember

Sunset Pass / 1933

Kathleen B. Burke (September 5, 1913 — April 9, 1980) was an American movie actress of the 1930’s, and former model.
Kathleen was a dental assistant in Chicago, before winning a talent contest sponsored by Paramount Pictures to play Lota the “Panther Woman” in Island of Lost Souls (1932 – You gotta pay your dues.), the first screen version of H.G. Wells’s novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. The contest allegedly had 60,000 applicants from around the country.
This led to more than a film career of 22 moves over six years, usually as the leading lady along side of Randolph Scott (Sunset Pass and Rocky Mountain Mystery), Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Buster CrabbeCharles Laughton, Spencer Tracy, W.C. Fields, George and Gracie Allen, Ronald Coleman,  Rosalind Russell
Her final film role was in 1938, whereupon she retired from screen acting at the age of 25 !!!

Sunset Pass 1933Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Canada … 150 Years

2 Jul

I know there’s plenty of good places to live on this planet … 
but this is pretty good. 

 

Buchart Gardens / Spring 2017

29 Jun


Ian Tamblyn

Buchart Gardens is big

No Drones. No Smoking. Dogs OK.

Spring Blossoms …
Spring Tulips.

 

Henry Hathaway / Sunset Pass / Harry Carey …

23 Jun


sons of the pioneers

Sunset Pass / 1933

I got this notion that I would give some of the Support Cast in Sunset Pass a nod. That would be Harry Carey, Kathleen Burke, and Noah Beery Sr. (I’ll do a whole thing on Randolph Scott at a later date. That will be a huge project.)

In my usual Western ignorance I didn’t realize that Harry Carey had been a Living Legend in early Westerns and had a massive film legacy. Soooo …

Wikipedia: Harry Carey (January 16, 1878 – September 21, 1947) was an American actor and one of silent film’s earliest superstars. He is credited on Internet Movie Database (IMDB) with 267 acting credits. One of his best known performances is as the President of the Senate in the drama film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was the father of Harry Carey Jr., who was also a prominent actor. Throughout the 1920s Carey was a Western Superstar who occasionally assumed screenwriting, producing and directing assignments.

In the 1948 John Ford film, 3 Godfathers, Carey is remembered at the beginning of the film and dubbed “Bright Star of the early western sky


Harry Carey Jr., John Wayne, and Pedro Armendariz

John Wayne said that Harry Carey “was the greatest Western actor of all time,” and paid a tribute to him by holding his right elbow with his left hand – imitating a stance Carey himself often used in his films – in the closing shot of at the end of John Ford’s classic The Searchers (1956), when he walks away from the character played by Carey’s widow Olive, and is framed by the doorway in the final scene.  According to Wayne, both he and Olive wept when the scene was finished.

In 1976, Carey was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

In 1987, his name was emblazoned along the Walk of the Western Stars on Main Street in Old Town Newhall in Santa Clarita, California. (His son, Harry Carey Jr. was also honored in 2005).

The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1919) directed by John Ford
Harry in one of his trademark poses – leaning on the saddlehorn.
Harry was the Leading Man in many early Westerns.
Remarkable photo: 
Early Film Crew
From Rodeo cowgirl Vera McGinnis’s photo album includes young John Ford (seated fourth from left, with cowboy hat and glasses) and Harry Carey Sr. (seated third from right). Harry Carey Jr., said the photo looked to be taken in 1917, in Placerita Canyon near Newhall, California, where the duo had filmed many of their early films. Carey Sr. and Ford made 26 silent Westerns, but only three have survived. Sadly, the rest “rotted in the cans,” Carey Jr. told True West. “Nobody bothered to even try and save ’em.”
– courtesy Jendreau family collection
Illustration of an article in The Moving Picture World. “From left to right: Bud Osborne, rider and steer bulldogger ; Joe Rickson, champion Roman rider ; Tommy Grimes, champion bucking horse rider ; Pedro Leon, the man who can rope fifteen riders with his lariat ; Neal Hart, former Wyoming sheriff and range rider ; Harry Carey, and Bill Gillis, Texas cowpuncher and all-round rider of bucking horses and steers.”
MFW: Quite a few early Western Film Actors were real cowboys – or had ‘earned their spurs’.
Harry had a ranch.
Harry Carey / The 3 Godfathers / 1948
Only the Hero gets to kiss the gal.

Harry eventually had to step back. 
But he never stepped out.
 Marked Men (1919)
West is West (1920)
That looks like a flush Harry. 
The Last of the Clintons (1935)
No comment.
 

 

Clint Eastwood death hoax …

21 Jun

No.

I’m not that easy to kill. 

Don’t believe everything you read.
Or else …

 

Father’s Day

18 Jun

The spiritual quest is not some added benefit to our life, something you embark on if you have the time and inclination.
We are spiritual beings on an earthly journey. Our spirituality makes up our beingness.  – John Bradshaw

My relationship with my Father was non existent. He didn’t harm me or abuse in any fashion you might normally associate with those terms. It was purely neglect. He just ignored me. Never spoke to me. Never touched me. Never said he loved me. As far as I know he didn’t. He wasn’t capable. His own upbringing was the problem. His own Father was never around for him. He had been a military man and always off somewhere fighting in the Boer War – or whatever. Never around. In other words, my Father had a wounded childhood. And me merely behaved or acted out in the same fashion as his own Father. That was his model. As they say, “The sins of the father are visited upon the son.” Too true.

Understanding what happened to my father helps me forgive him somewhat. But it’s hard. My own wounds still exist. I’ve healed them somewhat, but for a boy your Father is a God. You need his love, his guidance and support. That’s hard to recover.

When I left home (couldn’t leave fast enough) I didn’t know even one thing for my simple survival. I couldn’t drive a car. (He refused to teach me.) I didn’t know how to open a bank account, how to look for work … absolutely nothing. No survival skills. I then spent 20 years teaching myself stuff that most any kid would know before they left home. But that was only part of it.

Was I bitter? Am I bitter? Your God Damned rights I am.

However, would I be surprised to discover that I had done exactly the same thing to him in some past life? Not at all. Karma.

So I’m absolutely certain everything was set up for Spiritual reasons – necessary for my unfoldment – which is the ONLY thing that really matters – and the only thing you can take with you when you leave this place.

But it ain’t easy.

Who said it would be?

Healing

In the interim I encountered some worthy things. One of those things was the works of John Bradshaw. At some point I was guided to use his healing methods. I was blatantly told that I could progress no further on my journey unless I took up his works. I needed to heal some stuff and surface and get rid of some things that were holding me back. The book I was to use was Homecoming: Reclaiming and Healing Your Inner Child. I joined a class of about 8 people and worked through the Chapters and Exercises on a monthly basis. The results were astounding. I had no idea of the immense repressed and suppressed pain that I held within myself. I literally saw a large black ball of repressed emotions in my solar plexus – hard as an Indian rubber ball. And when this started surface, dissolve and break up the pain was excruciating. Incredibly agonizing. Sometimes I could only lay on my bed in a fetal position and cry … and cry … for hours. I had no idea all this was locked in there. But it was. Bradshaw’s methods released it. So I became free enough to move along. Some people think this stuff is airy fairy New Age nonsense. I can tell you that it isn’t – it works – and works very well.

Am I completely healed then? No, of course not. You do this stuff in degrees.

I have no children in this lifetime. I never felt I should. I always felt that it would a disservice to them if I did because of the way I am. That I couldn’t be the Father that I should be. Maybe that was a mistake? I don’t know.

_________________________________________________

To A Child

The greatest poem ever known
Is one all poets have outgrown:
The poetry, innate, untold,
Of being only four years old.

Still young enough to be a part
Of Nature’s great impulsive heart,
Born comrade of bird, beast, and tree
And unselfconscious as the bee—

And yet with lovely reason skilled
Each day new paradise to build;
Elate explorer of each sense,
Without dismay, without pretense!

In your unstained transparent eyes
There is no conscience, no surprise:
Life’s queer conundrums you accept,
Your strange divinity still kept.

Being, that now absorbs you, all
Harmonious, unit, integral,
Will shred into perplexing bits,—
Oh, contradictions of the wits!

And Life, that sets all things in rhyme,
may make you poet, too, in time—
But there were days, O tender elf,
When you were Poetry itself!

– Christopher Morley

__________________________________________

 John Bradshaw

      John Elliot Bradshaw (June 29, 1933 – May 8, 2016) was an American educator, counselor, motivational speaker, and author who hosted a number of PBS television programs on topics such as addiction, recovery, codependency, and spirituality. Bradshaw was active in the self-help movement, and was credited with popularizing such ideas as the “wounded inner child” and the dysfunctional family. In promotional materials, interviews, and reviews of his work, he was often referred to as a theologian. (From Wikipedia)

       John Bradshaw was a very special man and his works have helped many, many thousands of people. He definitely manifested himself to great service for his fellow humans.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bradshaw On: The Family – 1986
  • Bradshaw on the Family: A Revolutionary Way of Self Discovery. Deerfield Beach, Florida: Health Communications. 1988. ISBN 978-0932194541.
  • Bradshaw On: Healing the Shame that Binds You. Deerfield Beach, Florida: Health Communications. 1988. ISBN 978-0757303234.
  • Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child. New York, NY: Bantam Books. 1990. ISBN 978-0-553-35389-1.
  • Creating Love. New York, NY: Bantam Books. 1992. ISBN 978-0-553-37305-9.
  • Family Secrets. New York, NY: Bantam Books. 1995. ISBN 978-0-553-37498-8.
  • Bradshaw On: The Family: A New Way of Creating Solid Self-Esteem. Deerfield Beach, Florida: Health Communications. 1996. ISBN 978-1-55874-427-1.
  • Reclaiming Virtue: How We Can Develop the Moral Intelligence to Do the Right Thing at the Right Time for the Right Reason. New York, NY: Bantam Books. 2009. ISBN 978-0-553-09592-0.
  • Post-Romantic Stress Disorder: What to Do When the Honeymoon Is Over. Deerfield Beach, Florida: Health Communications. 2014.

Television

  • Spotlight: weekly program (host), 1969–1972
  • The Bradshaw Difference: syndicated talk show produced by MGM, 1996
  • Speaking the Truth in Love: Independent Production 2009

PBS television network

  • The Eight Stages of Man: eight-part series, 1982
  • Bradshaw On the Family: ten-part series, 1985
  • Where Are You Father?: one-hour program, 1986
  • Healing the Shame that Binds You: one-hour program, 1987
  • Adult Children Of Dysfunctional Families: two-hour program, 1988
  • Surviving Divorce: ninety-minute program, 1989
  • Bradshaw On Homecoming: ten-part series, 1990
  • Creating Love: ten-part series, 1992–1993
  • Eating Disorders: three-part series, 1994–1995
  • Bradshaw On: Family Secrets: six-part series, 1995

 

Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 9 / Sunset Pass / 1933

16 Jun


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Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns
Sunset Pass / 1933

ROMANCE and ADVENTURE tuned to thundering hoofbeats … as a two-gun hero fights his way to a girl’s heart!

      In 1933, Henry Hathaway Directed 6 Westerns, but in many like Sunset Pass the cast includes at least 4 icons of early Western CinemaRandolph Scott, Tom KeeneHarry Carey, and Noah Beery. So it’s sad to see that some seem to be forgotten and lost.

But by the looks of this AllMovie write up maybe is deserves to be lost:

AllMovie Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
(http://www.allmovie.com/movie/sunset-pass-v112292)

      In this western, a US marshal goes undercover to bust up a bunch of rustlers. The history behind the film is as interesting as the story. Paramount made this during the Depression when the studio was teetering towards bankruptcy. To save money, much of this film was comprised of footage from the earlier films of former western star Jack Holt. The long shots were old silent footage, while the close-shots were of different actors wearing exactly the same costumes. Paramount made 9 other westerns in this way.

Amazing.

Sunset Pass Posters

      Two other versions of Sunset Pass (1929) and Sunset Pass (1946) have been made.

Reviews

The Cast

Randolph Scott

Harry Carey, Randolph Scott and Noah Beery Sr.

Randolph Scott, Kathleen Burke, Tom Keene and Fuzzy Knight

Tom Keene

Almost forgotten now, Tom Keene was a well known and popular Western Star of his day who made about 41 Westerns between 1928 and 1959.

Kathleen Burke and Tom Keene

Kathleen Burke

Turkish Cowboys !!!

16 Jun

My blog stats show that 201 people in Turkey
looked at My Favorite Westerns yesterday !!!

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Welcome All Cowboys from Turkey !!!

Adam West / Cowboy

13 Jun

“Of what use is a dream if not a blueprint
for courageous action.”
– Adam West

Adam West had 193 Acting credits.
And before Batman, Adam acted in a fair number of 
TV Westerns and Movies:

1990 Zorro (TV Series)


 1975 Nevada Smith (TV Movie)
1972 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
(1968) The Big Valley (TV Series)


1965 The Relentless Four (Spaghetti Western)


1963 Gunsmoke (TV Series)

1961-1963 Laramie (TV Series)

1962 Geronimo (Movie)


1961 The Rifleman (TV Series)


1961 Bonanza (TV Series)

1961 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
1960 Overland Trail (TV Series)
1959 Maverick (TV Series)


1959 Colt .45 (TV Series)
1959 Bronco (TV Series)
(1959) Cheyenne (TV Series)


1959 Sugarfoot (TV Series)


1959 Lawman (TV Series)