My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Ghost Riders in the Sky / Pat Derry, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson. The 3 Mesquiteers / Western Film Posters 1940 The 3 Mesquiteers made 8 Serial episodes 1940, but this post was a tuff project.  A lot of the 1940 images just weren’t that good – and hard to find. They also required …

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Red River / Main Theme / Dimitri Tiomkin Tom Dunson’s tragic decision.“I’ve made up my mind.” Leaving Fen behind. Goodbye Tom. – Colleen Gray “Why do Indians always want to be burnin’ up good wagons?” – John Wayne with Walter Brennan. “Never liked seein’ strangers. This is ’cause no stranger ever good news’d me.” – …

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Louse Brooks – Pandora’s Box / Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark The Three Mesquiteers: Overland Stage Raiders (1938) Overland Stage Raiders is perhaps most famous for being the last film that Louise Brooks appeared in. Louise Brooks on John Wayne: “This is no actor but the hero of all mythology miraculously brought to life… John was, in …

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Cowboy Rhythm / Patsy Montana / 1938 The Three Mesquiteers: Overland Stage Raiders (1938) 1938 The Great Depression is ending. Franklin D. Roosevelt is US President. Hitler’s Third Reich marches into Austria. Howard Hughes flys Round the world in 3 days. Orson Welles’s broadcasts The War of the Worlds. Seabiscuit beats War Admiral at Pimlico. …

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Pals of the Saddle / by “Just Me and Dad” The Cantrell Family of Springfield MO.   Back about February 6, 2017, I left off my series of posts called  John Wayne Western Filmography. I had progressively worked through most of John’s early Westerns and left off after Pals of the Saddle (1938). Amongst all that I …

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wayfaring stranger The Shepard of the Hills / 1941 BEAUTIFUL AS OUR WOODS AND ROLLING HILLS. STRONG AS THE RUGGED HEARTS THAT LIVE AMONG THEM John Wayne was 34 in 1941. Iconic. This is a pretty famous image of John.  Wayne was about as photogenic as you get.  I’m going to say that’s the same …

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“You’re not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.” – Dean Martin I should have posted this back in January: I’ll get back to my John Wayne Filmography shortly.

in-hell-ill-be-in-good-company / the-dead-south Rio Bravo Posters continued … Not much to say … have a boo. Lobby Cards etc … Coming:  more Rio Bravo … 

border affair / lee clayton Posters cont.  Rio Bravo spawned a lot of posters. Mainly based around 2 images, most Rio Bravo posters are decent in design and artwork, though image quality from around the Net is often poor. Some images were so bad, I couldn’t use them. I just couldn’t recover the quality/resolution. This puzzles …

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dream lover / rick nelson So WHY do I feel that Alcohol, Cigarettes, and Guns are controversial endorsements for John Wayne? Because all of them can kill you. It has to be said however, that in the 40’s and 50’s, all these product(?) were observed very differently than they are today.  Smoking and drinking were openly promoted …

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have u seen the rain / willie and paula nelson

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“Spectacular as its barbaric passions and savage conquests!” So … in 1956 John Wayne and Howard Hughes made The Conqueror. It quickly became one of the most maligned and ridiculed movies in Hollywood history – though some now enjoy it as an entertainment curiosity – a model of Hollywood big budget excesses. John deeply regretting his involvement in …

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the sound of silence / disturbed When Legend Becomes Fact “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” – From The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence / 1962 Some urban legends have been around so long that they have eventually become fact.  The Legend: In 1954, John Wayne starred in the ill-fated big …

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Light? Yup, John Wayne was definitely a very heavy smoker and made several (TV) commercials, magazine ads, billboards, etc – promoting cigarettes – as did a great many other Movie Stars and Celebrities of his time. Today of course, smoking and tobacco products have fallen into disfavor and any such advertising is now banned. Despite this, there …

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Well … my computer finally blew up. I rode it as far as I could … poor gal. But it couldn’t take anymore and it was beyond redemption. For quite a while I had been resorting to ‘computer gymnastics’ to get anything done. So … today I went out and bought a new motherboard and graphics card. $900. That’s …

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sunday morning coming down / kristofferson “Where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire”, the old saying goes. And sometimes death. Smoking is a lot like Russian Rollette. You know there’s a bullet in there. But you’re gambling that it doesn’t have your name on it. It’s a hell of a gamble. A gamble that John Wayne lost.        John …

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john prine / how lucky _________________________________________________________________________________ A beer with John … I’m guessing John’s first beer endorsement was Rheingold Beer. Introduced in 1883, Rheingold Beer was an American product created in New York (1950 to 1960). Shut down in 1976. Revived in 1998. Bud was next … Then Coors … with cars Mein Stein Coming … John’s guns

storms never last / allison moorer _________________________________________________________________________________ John Wayne / The Hard Stuff “Life is hard. It’s even harder if you’re stupid.” – John Wayne I don’t know when John Wayne was first approached to sponsor Whisky, but it was obviously a natural fit. Like spurs on a cowboy boot. Just in case you didn’t get that. Duke Bourbon / …

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ain’t nothin’ to me / johnny winter Drinking … Canadian Style  Much of my ’70’s is kinda hazy. We drank and doped without moderation. For whatever reasons, I felt compelled to run that gauntlet. Some of the people I did this with aren’t around anymore. And although I don’t advocate or recommend such an experience, I have no regrets. And I …

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