My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies… Pardner!

Hotel California / Beatbakers Remix

“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.”
– Confucius

The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Candle Slashing 101

One Sword
One Candle
One Hero
– Taunting Villain is optional

1. Light the Candle
(Unlit Candles may be used to prevent a fire)
2. Measure the Candle with your sword.
(Hero Tyrone Power demonstrates:)

Next: (Not recommended!) if you are a Ruthless Villain just slash away!
Ruthless Villain Basil Rathbone demonstrates:

Though demonstrating excellent form, note that the lit Candle just flies off!
To who knows where!!!??
This is irresponsible Candle Slashing.
Hero Tyrone Power demonstrates the proper technique:

Note the short backswing.

A simple swish …

… follow through …

… impeccable form!
Optional taunt from the foolish Villain …

… but the true Master is revealed!:


Next: Candle Slashing 102
We explore the origins of Candle Slashing …

2 thoughts on “Tyrone Power Westerns continued … Candle Slashing 101

  1. Is this anything like whipping off the tablecloth without moving the dishes? Because that has never worked out for me!

    1. jcalberta says:

      Whipping Candles !!??? I’m coming to that right away! Funny you should ask.
      Fairbanks Sr. whipped a candle out while a guy was holding it in The Mark of Zorro in 1920. He could do that kind of thing. I think that might have started this whole candle thing.

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