My Favorite Westerns

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Yakima Canutt / Stunt Master

I found a couple of clips that show some of Yakima Canutt’s early Western Stunt work. I hope you enjoy them. The first one shows Yak‘s stunts with a particularly dangerous horse that had already killed a man. His method of working with the horse might seem brutal by today’s standards, but was likely typical of his time.

The second is a mini documentary showing some early Stunts by Canutt – and then right up to his Stunt Directing on Ben Hur. Canutt says that his Stunt planning and Direction on the famous chariot race in Ben Hut took 2 years.

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