Repost: Monte Walsh (1970) … edited

“Nobody gets to be a cowboy forever.”
– Jack Palance

Monte Walsh … a real maverick

MFW: Monte Walsh seemed to get decent promotion – lots of excellent posters –  and boasts a stellar cast …
yet somehow seemed to slip under the fence?
But I believe this is one Western that will age well and eventually earn it’s rightful place at the bar.

I’d say this is a Western Classic.

MFW: “100%” from critcs and “57%” from viewers ??
That’s a pretty large canyon.
But I liked it.

“When we get through… you’re gonna want to take a nap, sit on the porch and wait for the mares to come callin’.”

The Lone Ranger’s Creed …

The Lone Ranger Opening and Closing Theme 1949 – 1957

The Lone Ranger Creed

The enduring popularity of the Lone Ranger is a very interesting phenomenon which must mystify a lot of todays young people who never grew up with it – and probably consider the whole thing to be
somewhat Camp in character.

Yet there are still several (many?) Lone Ranger websites on the internet – well over 60 years after the masked man rode across our radios and our black and white TV screens.
That tesifys that something is special.

But what? Why?

What was it about this guy – and what he stood for – that grabbed so many people … and still does?

Surely it is embodied in The Lone Ranger Creed.
A Creed that today seems more relevant now than ever.


“I believe…

That to have a friend, a man must be one.

That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

That God put the firewood there
but that every man must gather and light it himself.

In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.

That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

That ‘This government, of the people, by the people and for the people’ shall live always.

That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

That sooner or later … somewhere … somehow …
we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.

In my Creator, my country, my fellow man.”

The Lone Ranger: “Only you, Tonto, know I’m alive. To the world, I’ll be buried here beside my brother and my friends… forever.”

Tonto: “You are alone now. Last man. You are lone ranger.”

The Lone Ranger: “Yes, Tonto, I am… the Lone Ranger.”

The Lone Ranger pistol bar

Clayton Moore - The Lone Ranger

“Once I got the Lone Ranger role, I didn’t want any other.”

~ Clayton Moore

Glenn Ford .. that’s a wrap

As I said, Glenn Ford made 26 Westerns. Ive been trying to catch up.
BUT he was making Westerns before I was born!
Therefore I cannot profess expertise. Only what I like.
I can say that his Westerns definitely display
his unquestioned Star Power. He could carry the ball –
and was a Box Office Star for at least 40 years – in any film genre.
FYI: Several of his Westerns are available to watch for Free
on YouTube and other Internet Locations.
And most are of watchable quality.

I just watched The Violent Men (1955) on YouTube
The Violent Men (1955) - IMDb

I have to think that a lot of Western Fans
would consider The Violent Men to be a Western Classic.
It is a good Western with a stuning Cast:
Glenn Ford, Edgar G. Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck, Brian Keith,
Richard Jaeckel, Jack Kelly …
With great Writing and dialogue.

I then rewatched The Man from Colorado
also on YouTube.

… and I have to confess it’s still tough to watch Ford play a Badguy.
But he did it again in 3:10 to Yuma.

A few other Favorites:

Thanks Glenn!

Moving on.

Glenn Ford update …

Been working on my last post for Western Favorite Glenn Ford.

I want to do a good job and it’s not coming together swiftly.
I’m not all that swift myself right now,
but we’ll be right along.

Hope you’re all having a great Spring.


My Health Issues …

I’m Posting this because maybe it will be useful information for somebody?
I’ve been getting sick a lot recently. Never happened before. I’ve had great health most of my life. But now I seem to be getting sick quite often. Even worse, I don’t heal up like I used to before. A bug I caught recently lasted 6 weeks! In the past I normally would have gotten such a thing within a week. My conclusion that my Diabetes 2 has seriously impacted my immune system. I didn’t know this could happen. I will have be aware of this going forward. This is my new reality/normal. To say this in influencing me in a lot of ways is an understatement. That’s life I guess. Things can change and we have to adapt. Or else. This is mainly why I haven’t been Posting much lately. Thank You for hanging with me.

Onward …

We’re back …

We’ve been back for a few days, but I got sick again right away.
It’s a Cold? I guess? ….  but who knows these days?
The Cruise was great – tarnished a bit by our inexperience at such things.
Yet ever interesting.

That ship is … Large.

I’ll get back at things right away …
… He said.

Glenn Ford Iconic Images …

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 1978.

In 1942 he joined the American Marines for 3 1/2 years then transferred to the navy as a captain , a rank he held for the rest of his life.

Awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal (Legion d’Honneur), and appointed to the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1992, by the French Government for service in World War II. Created to honor extraordinary contributions to the Republic of France, the Legion of Honor is France’s highest distinction.

“William Holden and I weren’t just good friends.
He was my very best friend. I feel his loss very much still.” 

In 1967 Naval Reserve Officer Lt. Cmdr. Ford (then aged 51) volunteered to serve for three months as a liaison officer attached to a Marine unit, with the Marine rank of full colonel, in Vietnam, and on several occasions endured enemy shelling.In 1967 Naval Reserve Officer Lt. Cmdr. Ford (then aged 51) volunteered to serve for three months as a liaison officer attached to a Marine unit, with the Marine rank of full colonel, in Vietnam, and on several occasions endured enemy shelling.

Went on a jungle mission with a Special Forces team
during the Vietnam War.

Credited with being one of the fastest “guns” in Hollywood westerns; able to draw and fire in 0.4 seconds, he was faster than James Arness
(Matt Dillon of Gunsmoke (1955)) and John Wayne.

Ford and Van Heflin … ‘3:10 to Yuma’

He had intended to portray Hondo Lane in Hondo (1953), but backed out when John Farrow was chosen to direct. Ford and Farrow did not got along while making Plunder of the Sun (1953), causing Ford to lose interest in the role. The role was subsequently portrayed by John Wayne.

His few attempts at playing villains were not generally well-received.
Critic David Thomson complained “3:10 to Yuma” suffered because of Ford’s “inability to be nasty”.

3:10 to Yuma / Western Classic / Delmer Daves / Glenn Ford


“What are you squeezin’ that watch for?
Squeezin’ that watch ain’t gonna stop time.”

– Glenn Ford as Ben Wade / 3:10 to Yuma


Quiet on the set! Master at Work …

One critic has noted the likely influences of German Expressionist film makers in 3:10 to Yuma. Such insight is beyond my ken – so it’s much appreciated. Other, closer to home influences, are more obvious, as from Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon and John Ford’s Classics  Stagecoach,
My Darling Clementine … others.

No color? No Computer Generated Effects?

No problem.

All the unique virtues of Black and Film making are in evidence. Plus more:

high angle … low angle … wide angle … echo shots … close ups … lighting … shot framing … scene composition … dramatic use of Light/Dark/Shadow … Direction …

Nearly every shot in 310 to Yuma is crafted … seamlessly and unpretentiously integrated.

Daves knew it all – used it all …

3:10 to Yuma: Western Classic.

That’s a wrap.

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310 to Yuma - Ford
“How duz a guy get a drink around here?

Going away for about 10 days …

Rose has signed us up for another Cruise.
This time it’s a 10-day Caribbean Cruise.
On this big ship:

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Leaving Monday.
Flying to Fort Lauderdale (5 hours from Calgary).
Jumping on Ship.
Will hit Anigua, Martinique, St. Lucia, Dominica,
St. Thomas, and Grand Turk.

I’m still a rookie at this Cruising thing so I don’t know what to expect?
Hoping the seas are glassy and sunsets beautiful!

I’m 75 now, so my travelling days may soon be over.
But I’m sure I’ll suffer through it all somehow.

See you later …