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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

    Thanks

    Quinn

    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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