My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Right after I claim my prize for the Longest Title in Blog history! I’ll get to posting  ! Eagles / Hotel California OK!!! back a ways I posted Essential Swashbuckling : Candle Slashing. (I’m sure you remember *Coff*) We now move to another Swashbuckling Essential : The Clinch !!! I’m not sure you’ve noticed (pay attention!), but in …

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The Prince of Foxes soundtrack by Alfred Newman The Prince of Foxes (1949) Nine years after The Mark of Zorro, Tyrone Power was still wielding a Sword. But he hadn’t entirely chased the Fox. Hard to believe the Fox reference isn’t intentional, but it isn’t. Wikipedia says: “Prince of Foxes is a 1947 historical novel by (American) Samuel Shellabarger,” Not …

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Long as I can see the Light / Arbouretum “At night a candle’s brighter than the sun.” – Sting The Mark of Zorro (1940) Candle Slashing 102 My detective work to discover origins of Candle Slashing in Zorro and other depictions of the stunt will likely fail. There are simply far too many movies that …

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Hotel California / Beatbakers Remix “Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.” – Confucius The Mark of Zorro (1940) Candle Slashing 101   Ingredients:  One Sword One Candle One Hero – Taunting Villain is optional Instructions: 1. Light the Candle (Unlit Candles may be used to prevent a fire) 2. Measure the …

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Una Noche Mas / Yasmin Levy “Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart.” – Basil Rathbone The Mark of Zorro (1940) The Fight! We finally come to the wonderful climatic sword fight scene between Zorro (Tyrone Power) and Capt. Esteban Pasquale (Basil Rathbone). After …

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ZORRO / Evivva The Mark of Zorro (1940) On most any Saturday, in 1954, myself and my 3 older brothers, would each be given a Quarter (25 cents!) and off we’d go to the Saturday Matinee at the local Movie Theatre (in Mission, British Columbia). A Quarter would get us in plus buy a bag of …

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Fernando / Abba The Mark of Zorro (1940) Zorro Anomalies? If I said to you that Zorro never used a gun, but only a Sword (rapier) and his Bullwhip, would you challenge that? Probably not. And if I also said that Zorro only uses his famous black Eye Mask for his disguise, would you disagree? Likely not. BUT … …

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The Mask of Zorro Soundtrack The Mark of Zorro (1940) The Posters Since it seems The Mark of Zorro (1940) didn’t have any Trailers/Previews (??) I searched the net like Sherlock – scouring fansites and archives. Finding none. It looks like they exclusively used Posters instead? *shrug* And I found over 30 different posters for the Movie! …

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Theme from the Mark of Zorro (1940) by Alfred Newman The Mark of Zorro (1940)  Ride With Zorro . . . The Dashing Don Of California’s Most Adventurous Era ! The Jagged Mark of His Sword Struck Terror to Every Heart – But One! Tyrone Power made 6 Westerns: And 5 Swashbucklers: Zorro is unique – categorized as both …

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the night they drove old Dixie down / Joan Baez / written by Robbie Robertson “Those who love are never parted.” – anon Jesse James (1939) If there’s a theme that runs through the Jesse James saga, it’s Family and Brotherhood. Blood. The James – Younger Gang: Brothers that rode together: – Jesse and Frank James – Cole, Jim, John, and Bob Younger …

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The Long Riders Soundtrack / Ry Cooder Jesse James (1939) A Stunt of Infamy Have you seen this stunt below? It’s in Jesse James (1939). It’s one of the most famous movie stunts in Film History. But not because it’s spectacular. (Though it is)But because of what it stirred up.  You see, the horse died. Panicked and drowned.  The …

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1972 / Glendale Train / New Riders of the Purple Sage Jesse James (1939) Jesse James was a smash hit and the fourth largest-grossing film of 1939, behind Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and in front of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. That’s a hell of …

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Kingston Trio Jesse James (1939) I woulda put my money on The Kid. Between 1921 and 2007 we count 28 movies about Jesse James or where Jesse James was a prominent character. Between 1911 and 2011 we count 23 movies about Billy the Kid or where Billy the Kid was a prominent character. If this was …

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From The Eddie Duchin Story / 1956 Tyrone Power Tyrone Power USMC Power was an excellent pilot and as a US Marine Corps pilot in World War II, he flew supplies into wounded troops out of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. 1939 / Stardust / …

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Nat Tyrone Power Roots that Run Deep Tyrone Power I Tyrone was the third Tyrone Power in the Acting profession. – going all the way back to William Grattan Tyrone Power: Irish stage Actor, Comedian, Author and theatrical manager. Sometimes called Tyrone Power I. Through his paternal great-grandmother, Anne Gilbert, Power was related to the actor Laurence …

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me & my uncle / michael j. thoma Rawhide / 1951 International Posters are often interesting … and amusing. Spanish Poster: Spanish interpretation: The Mail of Hell Croatian (?) poster:  Croatian interpretation: Postal Station/Post Office French posters: French translation: The Attack of the Mail-Coach I had to laugh at this poster below – it’s hilarious! Look what they did …

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they call the wind maria / harve presnell Henry Hathaway Directed about 27 Westerns. Four during the 50’s. In 1951, Hathaway entered the Golden Age of Westerns riding high, Directing top projects Starring the top players of the day. Such was Rawhide, Starring Susan Hayward and Tyrone Power. Rawhide / 1951 A story told with a blazing .44 ! Power and Hayward, …

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