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27 Apr


Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7
Continued … 

 Before 1800 scientists estimate there were 60,000,000
buffalo/bison on the North American plains.

The Buffalo / Bison has been around for a long time. The cave painting (from France) above is believed to be about 10,000 years old.
The ancient hunters would never have dreamed about wiping all of them out.


Yet it only took a mere fistful of white hunters less than 50 years to slaughter the North American buffalo to near extinction.

The Buffalo Gun

And it was done deliberately.

The simple plan was to force the Natives onto the Reservations by killing off their food source.
Thus opening up the West for settlement. (Civilization?)

Bull Chief, 1908 by Edward S. Curtis

Buffalo Hunt by George Catlin

Assiniboine hunting buffalo / by Paul Kane

The Buffalo Hunt / Charles M. Russell

Nowhere to run

“I can see my house from here.”

No hide unturned

Like shooting buffalo in a barrel

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody 

Buffalo hunting still goes on today. It’s a bit controversial as you might imagine – as some ‘hunts’ amount only to shooting a Buffalo standing in a field or pasture – for a fee. There are other hunting formats however (Bow, Crossbow, period Firearms … ) and most any real hunter would insist on a greater experience. Myself, I’m against Trophy Hunting, but not conventional hunting whereby the meat would be taken and used.
Myself, I don’t hunt and I own no firearms or weapons.

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Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7

24 Apr


Home on the Range  / Tom Roush


Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7 

The Thundering Herd  (1933)

He followed a trail of blazing action across the prairies!

The Thundering Herd (1933) re-released as Buffalo Stampede in 1950

The Thundering Herd – a Pre-Code Western has a rather amazing cast of Western Icons: Randolph Scott, Judith Allen, Buster Crabbe,
Noah Beery, Sr. and Harry Carey.
The film is now in the public domain and also known as Buffalo Stampede.

Buffalo Stampede (1950)

As Big … and Great as the Wide … Wild West!

Buffalo Stampede can be watched on You Tube
in watchable 480 resolution – 57:15 long.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px3Dc8txIpY

Storyline: 

Sprague (Harry Carey) and Jett (Noah Beery)and their men are buffalo hunters. Doan (Randolph Scott) is with Sprague and is looking for Jett who tried to kill him and is holding his girlfriend Milly (Judith Allen) hostage. Jett’s is also stealing Sprague’s furs. Meanwhile, Indians are attacking the buffalo hunters.


Reviews

There are very few reviews on The Thundering Herd. I watched it on You Tube and I’d give it a 6 out of 10 at best. It’s climax is unusual and not entirely satisfying in how the badguy is dispatched.
Yet the Cast is interesting and it is a Talky.

Judith Allen and Randolph Scott

Ray Hatton and Randolph Scott

Zane Grey – The Thundering Herd – 1925

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Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 6

14 Apr


Wildfire  / Michael Murphey

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Wild Horse Mesa (1932) 

Randolph Scott and Sally Blane

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Zane Grey / possibly on a mountain lion-hunting trip with
Buffalo Jones to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1907.
– Courtesy U.S. National Park Service –

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Henry Hathaway / Part 5

10 Apr


chris stapleton  / tennessee whisky

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Heritage of the Desert (1932) 

Henry Hathaway’s first film Directing solo.

Randolph Scott’s first Starring role.

Sally Blane

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Henry Hathaway / Part 6

Dean Martin Westerns / The Sons of Katie Elder / Part 4

6 Apr


javi garcia / nightfall

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The Sons of Katie Elder / Part 4
Henry Hathaway / Director

Next, Hathaway was Assistant Director under another Fleming film The Rough Riders (1927) – Widipedia says: ” A fictional account of Theodore Roosevelt’s military unit in Cuba – a worthy Western setting, but the film was evidently not very good.

3 out of 10 from IMDB

Wikipedia: “Incomplete or fragment prints of this movie are extant at the Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress.” In other words, this is essentially a lost film.

On the poster Noah Beery Sr. gets top Bill – but no image?
It seems his role was  mainly comic relief.

Charles Farrell and Mary Astor

Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor
You may recall Mary from her role in the Maltese Falcon (1941)

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Just for fun: 

Father of Noah Beery Jr.

Brother of actor Noah Beery Sr.

Possibly most well known for his role in the Rockford Files TV show.

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Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders:

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Next: The Sons of Katie Elder / Part 5

Dean Martin Westerns / The Sons of Katie Elder / Part 3

3 Apr


poeme / secret garden

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The Sons of Katie Elder / Part 3
Henry Hathaway / Director


“To be a good director you’ve got to be a bastard.
I’m a bastard and I know it.”

– Henry Hathaway

Thought I’d do a little profile on Henry Hathaway, the Director of Sons of Katie Elder. Initially John Sturges ( Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Great Escape (1963) ) was supposed to Direct and Alan Ladd was to Star. Ladd bought out his contract with Paramount and left. Film rights were picked up by Producer Hal Wallis and it was announced Dean Martin would Star. But somewhere along the line John Wayne and Hathaway stepped in. 

Hathaway directed about 24 Westerns in his career – 67 movies in total between 1929 to 1974 – including John Wayne’sNorth to Alaska (1960) and True Grit (1969) – for which John Wayne (1969) won an Oscar. Quite a career. Yet Hathaway’s Directing style seems to have been purely business like – straight forward, bread and butter, and no frills – and he received little recognition and no awards for his work. Not that he seemed to care.

“There’s lots of nice guys walking around Hollywood but they’re not eating.”
– Henry Hathaway

John Wayne, Henry Hathaway, Dean Martin

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According to one source, Hathaway was an assistant Director under a guy called Victor Fleming on a movie called The Wolf Song (1929). Fleming went on to Direct The Wizard of OZ (1939)and Gone with the Wind (1939) – among several other classics. If your going to understudy with somebody, it might as well be a Master.

Victor Fleming with Gary Cooper

Wolf Song has a number of rather wonderful and incredible images.

Lupe Velez and Gary Cooper 

My first impression when I looked at these images was that
popular modern cinema has lost something.
And I’d say that something is Art.

Lupe Velez and a camera got along pretty good.

Next: The Sons of Katie Elder / Part 4

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