My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies… Pardner!

Johnny Cash sings “The Sons of Katie Elder“;
a rather awful song written by Elmer Bernstein and Ernie Sheldon.
The film’s background music was also composed by Elmer Bernstein.


The Sons of Katie Elder / 1965

Dean’s second Western with John Wayne.
A follow-up to immensely popular Rio Bravo (1959)

Katie Elder was a real person and the events surrounding the Sons is also loosely based on historical events.
More on that later.

John, Dean, Earl Holliman, Michael Anderson Jr.



From the Four Winds they came.
the four brothers. their eyes smoking
and their fingers itching…

A Review or two. 

100%!!??? Definitely not.

I really gotta say that I’m mystified by the high ratings? To me this is nothing more that a second level John Wayne Western – almost a formula flick.
These ratings would make it almost a Classic – which it is not.
But obviously a lot of people like it.


Next: The Sons of Katie Elder / Part 2

10 thoughts on “Dean Martin Westerns / The Sons of Katie Elder / Part 1

  1. Don Ostertag says:

    I certainly agree with you rather than the critics. This movie has never been a Wayne movie I would watch over again.

    1. jcalberta says:

      Up here they show it on TV often. I was guessing it’s popular, but I wouldn’t rate it highly myself.

  2. Rick says:

    This is not one of my favorites.

    1. jcalberta says:

      Me neither … I have to say I was surprised by the Reviews.

  3. maui1 says:

    A very good post. I really like all the old black ,white and old colour Western pictures on this post.



    1. jcalberta says:

      Hi Quinn. You do a some black and photography too don’t you?

      1. maui1 says:

        yes I dd take very good class on black and white photography. I will have to do anther post on my page on black and white photography.

  4. eliza rudolf says:

    Nice criticism…👌👍

    1. jcalberta says:

      Howdy Eliza.
      Just my opinion. I like John, but he’s done a lot better.

      1. eliza rudolf says:

        Oh I see…😊

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