My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

My Heroes have always been Cowboys .. Nelson Ben Johnson seemed to live a charmed life. Western Movie Stardom seemed to fall right into his saddlebags. It helped, of course, that he happened to be a top notch Cowboy – and it’s certain he would have been happy (and successful) to remain such. And if you’re …

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Warren Oates Next: Ben Johnson role of Tector Gorch …

Sammy A Wilder Bunch?? Casting Call Part 2 / Dutch Engstrom / Ernest Borgnine The Wild Bunch 1973 Wikipedia says: “Among those considered to play Dutch Engstrom were Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, Alex Cord, Robert Culp, Sammy Davis, Jr., Richard Jaeckel, Steve McQueen, and George Peppard. Ernest Borgnine was cast based on his performance in The Dirty Dozen (1967). Who …

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A Wilder Bunch?? Casting Call Part 1 / Pike Bishop The Wild Bunch 1973 I always like to check who got a particular role/part/casting – and how – why? Who refused it – missed out? The casting story for The Wild Bunch reveals some very interesting candidates. Who would you have picked? Why? A very tough decision. Wikipedia says: “Director …

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Friends, Happy New Year. Hope you all have a fruitful 2015. Pardon my lack of activity lately – slower than usual. I’ve had some kind of nasty flu thing that’s going around. Still working on things … Hang in there. I am.    

The Wild Bunch reviews / Part 5: Leonard Maltin Leonard Maltin talks about the film THE WILD BUNCH during an interview for AFI’s 10 Top 10 (2008)    

The Wild Bunch reviews / Part 4: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/the-wild-bunch-v54529/review AllMovie Review From the opening image of children happily watching fire ants kill a scorpion, Sam Peckinpah presents a relentlessly pessimistic view of frontier life in 1913 as it gives way to modernity; any sense of honor is strictly relative, and “civilization” means venal businessmen and mercenaries. …

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The Wild Bunch review Glenn Erickson – one of my favorite film reviewers. The Length of of Erickson’s review goes against my blog rule of keeping my posts short , but he’s so good at what he does I couldn’t figure out how to shorten it … The Wild Bunch: The Reviews / Part 3: Reviewed …

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The Wild Bunch: The Reviews / Part 2: I’m betting there’s been a few thesis’ written on Sam Peckinpah and The WIld Bunch. How deeply do people get into this? Let’s find out: THE WILD BUNCH: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT (1995) Roger Ebert March 17, 1995 Cast William Holden as Pike Ernest Borgnine as Dutch Robert …

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The Wild Bunch: The Reviews Obviously outstanding Reviews – both by audience and Critics. There is much that has been said and written about The Wild Bunch – certainly one of the most controversial movies ever made: reviled or celebrated, almost in equal kind from it’s inception. Also definitely one of the most dissected and analyzed movies ever …

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“When you side with a man, you stay with him! And if you can’t do that, you’re like some animal, you’re finished!” – Pike (WIlliam Holden) / The Wild Bunch

Coming up: The Wild Bunch Reviews … 

MFW: I will not vouch for the authenticity for all of these posters. Not sure who wrote some of these tag lines … but they’re interesting. Nine?  

Bad Company … by Bad Company Bad Company Company Always on the run Destiny is the rising sun Oh I was born 6-gun in my hand Behind a gun I’ll make my final stand That’s why they call me Bad company And I can’t deny Bad company Till the day I die Till the day …

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     Robert Ryan Robert Ryan was already a grizzled veteran of the screen when I was a kid – and I missed most of his earlier work of the 40’s and 50’s. And to me he always seemed to be one of those actors that somehow were never young – even in his early …

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To be included in My Favorite Westerns: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; The Wild Bunch; and MFW Great Western Directors     “I loved Westerns as a kid, and I wanted to see if they held up”. – Sam Pekinpah They’re holding up pretty good Sam.

In researching Westerns … I’m finding I have some ‘dues’ to pay. I’ve discovered my education in Western movies is sadly lacking and there are a ton of Westerns out there that I have never seen that I need to ‘catch up on’ – even at this late date. In doing so I’ve also found that I sometimes …

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Epic! The famous ‘Walk’ to the climactic gunfight at OK Corral ‘The Wild Bunch’ … doing ‘the Walk’?  You betcha! Intentional – or not (and I surely believe it was) Pekinpah’s Wild Bunch do ‘The Walk’

By Frank Prassel, University of Oklahoma Press 1972 Check Your Gun Mister Are We Safer than the Citizens of Dodge City? By Jim Higginbotham http://www.sightm1911.com/lib/rkba/check_gun.htm Sometimes the answers to seemingly complex social problems are hidden in plain sight. Social engineers, lawmakers and “experts” from all around spout off an endless stream of statistics to support …

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Gun laws were tougher in old Tombstone No need to check your firearm today in the Arizona town famed for the gunfight at the OK Corral. ORIGINALLY PRINTED JANUARY 23, 2011: By Bob Drogin, Los Angeles Times http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/23/nation/la-na-tombstone-20110123 Reporting from Tombstone, Ariz. — A billboard just outside this Old West town promises “Gunfights Daily!” and tourists line …

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