My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

A Kiss to Build a Dream On / Jill Barber To the Last Man / 1933 I’ve been stuck for over a month. This time on Esther Ralston. My problem is the incredible number of awesome images of her. Many of which needed some editing. Finally I’ve got something to put up.  Esther has over …

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The Last Round-Up / Vivian Blaine / Songwriter Billy Hill / 1933 Songwriter Billy Hill (1899 – 1940) wrote several Western Classic’s including  “Old Pine Tree“,”Wagon Wheels“, and “Empty Saddles“. The Last Round-Up / 1934 Zane Grey’s “The Border Legion” must be a helluva story because it was adapted to film 5 times – in 1918, 1924, 1930, and in 1940. The The …

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Oh! Susanna/ Burl Ives To the Last Man / 1933 Randolph and Shirley … continued Ya, I know that Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm isn’t a Western. And NO, I’m not starting a new blog called My Favorite Farmers. Nothing against farmers, but I just found this connection between Shirley and Randolph to be interesting. Still do. …

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It’s a Beautiful Day To the Last Man / 1933 Randolph and Shirley  “Then the traveler in the dark Thanks you for your tiny spark, How could he see where to go, If you did not twinkle so?” Not cute at all. *cough* When I was a kid I hated Shirley Temple. On Saturday mornings I …

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the circle / byrds  To the Last Man / 1933 Now … where was I? Oh yeah, To the Last Man Casting. I’ll get back to Shirley in a minute because she’s worthy of a lot more space. Meanwhile: Our Hero, 35 year-old Randolph was a pretty terrible Actor in 1933 – very wooden. But became …

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only time To the Last Man / 1933 “The Law of Vengeance is the Law of the Land!” “A Lawless Breed in a Lawless Land!” “A Fight to the Finish … which could only lead to … Death!” You might think that these old Westerns are pretty formula – same Director, same Cast, etc. But …

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Doolin Dalton – Desperado / Eagles Into the Sunset … I was just a kid – or not even born – when many of the Greatest Westerns Stars who ever lived had already rode off into the sunset – or died. So I missed a hell of lot of good Westerns from the 30’s, 40’s and even …

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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 …

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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 – 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 …

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Wildfire  / Michael Murphey Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 6  Wild Horse Mesa (1932)  A Review … or two 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 – Next Henry Hathaway / Director of …

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chris stapleton  / tennessee whisky Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns  Heritage of the Desert (1932)  Henry Hathaway’s first film Directing solo. Randolph Scott’s first Starring role. Next Henry Hathaway / Part 6

THE SPOILERS / 1942 Starring John Wayne, Randolph Scott, and Marlene Dietrich (Spoiler alert: The Goodguy wins) 

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