My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Pickens and Johnson “Pickens and Johnson“? Sounds like a Law Firm or something. Well, Slim Pickens and Ben Johnson ARE indeed members of a unique and small fraternity: Real Cowboys who became Westerns Movie Stars. There would definitely be a small group around that campfire. And both of them had major parts in One-Eyed Jacks. And they had yet another distinction: they’ve both …

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Stunts to Stars Men like Richard Farnsworth, Slim Pickens and Ben Johnson were all legitimate cowboys and horsemen who got lassoed into Stunt work. Then via fluke, luck or Gift of God – plus some undeniable Charisma – became well known Actors/Stars. Who knew? Not them. Surely none of ’em would have thought less of themselves – or their lives – …

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The made-for-television western The Sacketts combines the plotlines from two seperate Louis L’Amour novels, The Daybreakers and The Sacketts. In this film, the three Tennessee-raised Sackett brothers migrate to the West following the conclusion of the Civil War. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Movie Guide. Made ten years before Lonesome Dove, The Sacketts (1979) may well …

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