James Garner Western Filmography …

9 Dec

I thought it would be rather easy to throw something together for James Garner. Not so !! Just the Maverick stuff itself seemed like a small industry – with TV Series, spin-offs, Movies, Mini Series … etc.

Let’s get started:

Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend with Randolph Scott / 1957
Garner’s
first Western. Pretty well any Western with Randolph Scott is either very watchable or Classic.

Shoot Out at Medicine BendScott and Garner
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Maverick / TV Show

“Who is the tall dark stranger there … ??”

Why it’s Maverick of course ! Most likely Bret Maverick (James Garner)

Mavericks

Mavericks: Bret (James Garner) and Bart (Jack Kelly)

Maverick Banner

Maverick TV Show – Opening Banner

Jack Kelly, Beau Maverick (Roger Moore) Garner

Jack Kelly, Beau Maverick (Roger Moore) and Garner

After Garner left the show during the 3rd Season …
It just wasn’t the same.
Maverick – in Film and TV – went through a few permutations and convolutions over the years and will need to be covered in more depth later.

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Garner made a cameo appearance in the Bob Hope Western Comedy
Alias Jesse James.

MFW JAMES GARNER

Couldn’t find any pics of James so I’m inserting Gloria Talbott instead. Yeah.
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Duel at Diablo: Garner with Sydney Poitier / 1966

Duel at Diablo

I don’t know much about this movie .. will have to catch up.
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One of My Favorites: Hour of the Gun / 1967

Hour of the Gun

Garner is  scary stern as Wyatt Earp
and Robards is brilliant as Doc Holliday.
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Support Your Local Sheriff / 1966
Garner’s
comic talents were exploited often:

Support Your Local Sheriff

Garner, Bruce Dern (in jail) and the awesome Jack Elam

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Sledge / 1970

What happens when you mix spaghetti with beef?
You get Sledge.

Sledge

Claude Akins, Dennis Weaver, Garner

Some decent people in here.

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More comedy …
Support Your Local Gunfighter / 1971

Support Your Local Gunfighter

Lovely Suzanne Pleshette – Garner

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Skin Game

Garner and young Lou Gossett team up

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Nichols

Nichols … I liked it, but it didn’t stick

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Disney calls:

Castaway Cowboy

Garner probably did more Comedy Westerns than anyone

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Not everything worked:
Young Maverick – TV Show / 1979
Starred Charles Frank as Ben Maverick. Really.
Lasted 8 episodes.

The New Maverick

1979 / Made for TV movie attempted to kick-start Young Maverick TV show

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Then … suddenly:
Murphy’s Romance / 1985

Murphy's Romance

 … a gem

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Was this a Western ? I believe I spot a car in there.
Garner as legendary lawman Wyatt Earp (again) and Bruce Willis as legendary Western actor Tom Mix,
but I’m not sure.

Sunset

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Maverick – the movie / 1994
Garner, Gibson and Jodie Foster and James Coburn and Graham Greene
and others …
Garner appears as the much rumoured “Pappy” …
Gibson reprises Bret.

Maverick Movie

A fun movie – good cast
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Then …

Streets of Laredo – 3 part mini-series … also a Great Cast:
Garner, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Ned Beatty, Randy Quaid,
Wes Studi, Charles Martin Smith …
and Alexis Cruz does a good job as the villain. 

Streets of Laredo

______________________Shepard, Garner, Spacek_____________________
will cover this better – later.

Whew !!!

Upcoming:

Maverick: The TV Show
Hour of the Gun
Streets of Laredo

6 Responses to “James Garner Western Filmography …”

  1. Rick December 9, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Duel at Diablo is one of my favorites.

  2. jcalberta December 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    You know what Rick? I don’t recall ever seeing it. Another large gap in my Westerns education. I mean, anything with Sydney and James … you gotta see.- and you’d think it should be pretty good with those 2. So I’m going to have to find that.
    One thing I find very annoying is this: on TV they show the same movies over and over and over. And others? they never show them. I don’t recall ever seeing Duel at Diablo being played on TV – unless TCM showed it at some point. ??
    By this time in his career Sydney must have established some popularity for himself and become a bonafide Movie Star – rather than just an excellent actor.
    Films that exploit Star Power are not always a good thing though – such as The Long Ships (1964) – with Portier and Richard Widmark (another great actor). Remember that? Scary bad. This was made just before Sydney made Lilies of the Field though – so he more than redeemed himself.

  3. Teepee12 December 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    I just read his autobiography. He’s got a huge body of work both TV and movies — I’m not surprised you couldn’t fit it in. If you haven’t read the book, I think you’ll enjoy it. He goes into every movie he ever made and most of the TV stuff too. It’s a good read and especially interesting for those of us who like his work.

    • jcalberta December 9, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

      Thank you. I’d like to that.
      If you look at Syd’s bio on Wikipedia his list of Awards is staggering – including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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