My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Boot Hill ….

creepin midnight / Seatrain Boot Hill / Tombstone, Arizona We finally make it to Tombstone’s legendary Boot Hill. The resting place of Clanton’s, McLaury’s, assorted bad guys and ordinary folks – most of who probably died with their boots off – now immortalized at this famous location – though some are marked “Unknown”. It’s not the …

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On the way to Boot Hill … Rose spots Wyatt Earp House and Gallery … I wouldn’t have minded looking at the Gallery, but things looks pretty quiet. It’s closed. But Why? It’s Saturday and there’s a Festival in town … ? We’re still nosy enough to have a look around … Curiosity gets to us …

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Outlaw Man / Eagles (Q) Up to that time, did you see any weapon of any kind drawn by or in the hands of either of the Clantons or McLaurys? (A) No sir. They all had their hands up, up to that time. Tom McLaury had his hands up, holding his coat open. – Testimony of …

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Doolin Dalton / Eagles “Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.” – Wyatt Earp The Gunfight at the OK Corral  Yeah Yeah .. I know you were wondering when I was going to get over to the the OK Corral. I’ve been kinda dragging my boot heels cuz the Earps and the Gunfight at OK Corral …

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Peaceful Easy Feeling / Eagles Tombstone Diary: On the Street 2 Leaving Big Nose Kate’s, we head down to the famous Rose Bush. And there’s lot’s of action on the street … Parade !

Twenty One / Eagles Big Nose Kate Tombstone tales and history mainly surrounds the exploits of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the famous gunfight at the OK Corral, but accompanying them are several other ‘Larger than Life’ players that had parts on the Tombstone stage. One such player was the Big Nose Kate. Wikipedia says: “Big Nose Kate (born Mary …

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Tombstone Diary: Saturday, April 11, 2015 Downtown Tombstone is mainly 2 streets and 500 saloons. Just kidding – there’s 3 streets. In it’s heyday Tombstone had “110 saloons, 14 gambling halls, and numerous dancing halls and brothels”. Today’s Map of Tombstone: Hope you can read the print. Rose and I exit the The Bird Cage into bright …

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Tombstone Diary: Saturday, April 11, 2015 Inside The Bird Cage you’ll see this guy. He gives a 10 minute talk on the history of The Bird Cage. It’s a good talk. (Though I’m not so sure about the sunglasses) Lots of stuff to look at.  For 8 bucks, we’re invited to go in back and see …

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The Bird Cage Theatre / Tombstone The Bird Cage Theatre was opened on December 26, 1881, by William “Billy” Hutchinson and his wife Lottie. Its name apparently referred to the fourteen “cages” or boxes that were situated on two balconies on either side of the main central hall. These boxes, also referred to as “cribs”, …

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Tombstone Diary: Saturday, April 11, 2015: Gunfight at OK Corral (1957) / Frankie Laine I came to Tombstone with the attitude that “whatever’s there, I’m going to enjoy it”. I surely expected a degree of tackiness –  but I also looked forward to a degree of the Historic Tombstone … We’ll see … Saturday, April 11, 2015: A beautiful day. …

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Lindsey Stirling – Transcendence Tomestone: a brief history Wikipedia: Tombstone is a historic western city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States, founded in 1879 by Ed Schieffelin in what was then Pima County, Arizona Territory. It was one of the last wide-open frontier boomtowns in the American Old West. The town prospered from about 1877 …

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Been trying to get something on the board before I head down to Tucson on Friday. Going down for a week or so. So I’m not sure I’ll be able to put anything on the blog till then. I’ll try. Don’t really know much about the Tucson area except that it’s not far from Tombstone …

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Earps doing the walk …  Updated graphics Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, John Hudson, DeForest Kelley Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957) Directed by John Sturges Frank Converse, Sam Melville, Jason Robards, James Garner Hour of the Gun  (1967) Directed by John Sturges Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Kirk Russel, Bill Paxton Tombstone (1993) Directed by  George P. Cosmatos …

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Some actors seem born to be in Westerns … Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Elliott: Samuel Pack “Sam” Elliott (born August 9, 1944) is an American actor. His rangy physique, thick horseshoe moustache, deep, resonant voice, and Western drawl lend to frequent casting as cowboys and ranchers. … One of his first film roles was as ‘Card Player #2’ in …

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Rider in the Rain (Randy Newman) Admission: Free … Open Every Day …Boot Hill … Boot Hill… So Cold … So Still …Billy Clanton (in back) Gunfight at the OK Corral – Frankie Laine

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’

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