My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Excerpt from Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0600060/bio “It is quite impossible to cover here all the awards Sara Montiel has won in her long successful career but we must mention the “Premio del Sindicato” (at that time Spain’s equivalent of the Oscar) for best actress, won two years in a row for her performances in “El Último Cuplé” and “La …

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The Power of Projection ‘Projection’ they call it. Some actors have it. Most never will. It’s the ability to take a simple line of dialogue and make it sing; have impact; the knack of making a whisper into a shout. All the great Shakespearean actors have it: Olivier, Burton, Dench, Jacobi, O’Toole … YET … out of the …

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Poster? what poster?

Gary Cooper Inducted: MFW Cowboy Hall of Fame “The general consensus seems to be that I don’t act at all.” Gary Cooper Western Filmography The Virginian 1929 / Fighting Caravans 1931 / The Plainsman 1936 / The Cowboy and the Lady 1938 / Northwest Mounted Police 1940 / The Westerner 1940 / Along Came Jones …

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High Noon and Politics As a kid watching High Noon, it never dawned on me that there was anything going on ‘behind the scenes’. Lost in the wonder of an epic and heroic tale, I didn’t see it’s (and many Westerns) very strong social and political messages: Commentaries on the politics behind High Noon: High Noon, What …

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Music: Original Soundtrack: Do Not Forsake Me – Tex Ritter  Video Clip: High Noon Intro … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKLvKZ6nIiA&feature=related

In rebuilding my ‘Gunfight at the OK Corral‘ page I got to thinking about Lancaster’s portrayal of Wyatt Earp. In earlier films Lancaster had become famous for his trademark smile – which he is said to have referred to as “the grin” – most obvious in ‘Vera Cruz’ (one of My Favorite Westerns). Therefore his stoic and stern portrayal of …

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