In researching Westerns ... I'm finding I have some 'dues' to pay. I've discovered my education in Western movies is sadly lacking and there are a ton of Westerns out there that I have never seen that I need to 'catch up on' - even at this late date.

In doing so I've also found that I sometimes have to subject myself to a few Westerns that are less than excellent. Like tonight, when I decided to watch The Shadow Riders with Tom Selleck. Tom Selleck is a favorite actor of mine and, in fact, is in one of My Favorite Westerns: Quigley Down Under. But The Shadow Riders is (sadly) not of the same calibre. It's a TV Movie - a B Movie. Not that all TV Movies or B Movies are poor - some are pretty good and a lot of fun to watch - they just aren't normally 'top of the line' in production qualities.

The Shadow Riders actually has some pretty fine talent in - besides Selleck:  Sam Eliott, Ben Johnson; Catherine Ross ... plus a sampling of trusty support actors. But it's not a good movie.

Selleck and Elliot appeared together several times in Westerns:

With regard to Ben Johnson: a fine Western actor who has appeared in MANY Westerns - and is also in another of my My Favorite Westerns: The Wild Bunch. He's one of the four (anti) heroes who march to the final showdown - along with William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, and Warren Oates.

Ben Johnson definitely has a place in the MFW Cowboy Hall of Fame ...

Ben Johnson

Ride on Ben ...

Ride on.

The Wild Bunch: Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, William Holden, Ernest Borgnine

The Wild Bunch: Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, William Holden, Ernest Borgnine

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