My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Burl Ives – The first cover of Ghost Riders In The Sky, recorded in 1949 Very sweetly done Burl. Tom Keene  Wikipedia: Tom Keene (born George Duryea; December 30, 1896 – August 4, 1963) was an American actor known mostly for his roles in B Westerns. During his almost 40-year career in motion pictures Tom Keene worked under three …

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Ghost Riders In The Sky” by Stan Jones – Original Version 1948

Funny how Time slips Away / Elvis Presley How quickly we forget. You were a Star once. A HUGE Star. World Famous. Then  … incredibly, just a few short years after you hung up your spurs … Everything disappeared. You were erased. By time. Why? It’s understandable maybe? Because most early Western Stars were dead …

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Stuck again … A while back I got a bright idea to do a post on one of the most famous and Iconic Images of Early Westerns Film – the publicity shot of our Western Hero rearing up on his/her trusty Steed. Most every Star did one of these shots all the way from early Westerns right …

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto / Silver and Scout I’m sure most people think that The Lone Ranger came out of the 50’s. Wrong! The Lone Ranger started on radio back before 1933 and ran over 900 shows up until 1956. 23 years! It translated to TV from 1949 to 1957. So … my “Thrilling days of yesterday” …

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Back in the Saddle Again / Gene Autry / 1937 Most of us never had a horse. We didn’t live on farms or ranches. Being a Cowboy was just a dream. But at the corner … there was an accessible Steed. And for a Penny, a Nickel, a Dime … or Quarter …. For a few …

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The End of an Era If there’s any one thing that separates the modern Western from Westerns of the past, it’s the loss of Romance. Nothing illustrates this loss more than the almost non-existent relationship between the modern Western Hero and his Horse/Steed. In the modern Western a horse is just a prop – a vehicle  – a necessary, but no-named beast. Slap on …

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Secretariat “Secretariat’ was such a magnificent animal, unbelievably beautiful and powerful. It’s always nice to see something that close to perfection, a reason to celebrate.” – John Malkovich / played Trainer Lucien Laurin in the film Secretariat Secretariat  (Movie Traiiler) 2010  Secretariat’s autopsy found that is heart weighed close to 22 pounds. The average Thoroughbred heart weighs 9 lbs. …

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