My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Well … it’s 3:10 … and I’m in Yuma. And it’s dang hot here. My Canadian skin ain’t used to this heat.

I’m also tantalizingly close to Tombstone and Deadwood … but I won’t be able to get there on this trip. Next time.

My real purpose for being here is to take advantage of the cheap dental services across the border – in Mexico. Where’s Doc Holliday when you need him?

Only here for 4 days … then I’m off to Sedona for 3 days. Never as much as I like, but better than nothin’.

I recall the original 3:10 to Yuma (1957) with Glenn Ford and Van Heflin to be pretty good movie. Ford and Heflin both made several good Westerns. The Russel Crowe and Christian Bales (2007) version of 3:10 to Yuma is pretty good too – but neither will make MFW list. Both are worth a see or two though and I want to give them both another look.

I gotta review Ford’s Westerns – he could well ride into my MFW Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Onward …

5 thoughts on “Yuma / American Southwest …

  1. Garry Armstrong says:

    I loved the distinctive way Glenn Ford sat in the saddle and rode. My Wife, the riding maven, pointed out this was the English or British style of riding versus the western mode of riding. She also explained the different saddles used. Clearly, I was a Pilgrim who needed some education despite a life long love of westerns. My favorite Glenn Ford westerns include “Man From the Alamo”, “Jubal”, “Cowboy” (perhaps a mini-classic) and the original “3:10 From Yuma”. His low key, understated style of acting lent well to his westerns. There are more but I just remembered daylight is burning and I need to head out now…

    1. jcalberta says:

      Wonderful comment Garry. Ford made about 16 Westerns it says. He could do it all – Drama, Comedy – and anything in between. I enjoy some of Ford’s ‘lighter’ Westerns – like ‘The Rounders’ (1965) with Henry Fonda (I feel like I’m watching two master entertainers when I watch that) and ‘Cowboy’ (1958) with Jack Lemmon. He was a truly charismatic and enjoyable actor.

  2. Rawclyde! says:

    In the old Glenn Ford film it was Jack Lemon’s wife that Glen Ford got together with in the bar in the earlier part of the film. When she finally looked up at him was a top-10 moment in filmdom ~ in my book.

    1. jcalberta says:

      Excellent stuff … I gotta check that out!

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