Cruising …

Rose has signed us up for an Alaskan Cruise
on a ship called the Volendam.

Heading out of Vancouver tomorrow.

Gone for a week.
Another Adventure I never counted on.

When I get back …
I’ll finish up Gunfight at the OK Corral.

“And get yer hand off yer gun.”

Then !!!
My 3rd Top Favorite Western Star:

Jimmy Stewart, April 2020 - Cowboys and Indians Magazine

See you then …

‘All that Glittered’ …

… really WAS Gold.

“I’ve got so much honey the bees envy me.”

My Girl / Mamas and Papas / 1967

A times we seemed to be so buried in Gold
that we don’t to see the light.

I figure that over 90% of all songs (maybe most music?)
are about LOVE.

San Francisco / Scott McKenzie / 1967


I’d take my five bucks and head downtown to the Record Shop.
A very difficult decision awaited me:

She Loves You / The Beatles / 1963

Beatles? Rolling Stones? Jefferson Airplane? Dylan, Donovan, Mamas and Papas, The Who, The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Credence Clearwater, Elvis, Three Dog Night,
Joni Mitchell, The Bee Gees, The Beach Boys, John Denver, Don McLean,
Jim Croce, The Doors, Streisand, Abba, Roger Miller, Kris Kristofferson,
Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Santana, Lovin Spoonful, Cream,
Procol Harum, The Kinks, Neil Young, CSNY, The Byrds, America,

I Need You / America / 1972

Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Gordon Lightfoot, Eric Clapton, JJ Cale,
Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, The Band, Yes, Grateful Dead, New Riders,
Journey, The Supremes, Jethro Tull, Air Supply, Journey, Jimmy Buffet, Supertramp, Bob Seger, Belafonte, Flying Burrito Brothers, Moby Grape,
It’s a Beautiful Day, Moby Grape, Al Stewart, The Allman Brothers, Ten Years After, The Animals, Anne Murray, The Association, BB King,
Bad Company, Bad Finger, The Kingston Trio, Canned Heat, Carole King,
Bobby Darin, Burton Cummings, Poco, Dire Straits, Boston, Enya,
Neil Diamond, Gerry Rafferty, Harry, Nilsson, Meatloaf, Merle Haggard,
Garry Pucket, Jay and the Americans, 5h Dimension, Harry Chapin,
Joan Baez, Johnny Rivers, Tim Hardin, Willie Nelson, Heart, The Hollies,

Good Vibrations / The Beach Boys / 1966

The Hometown Band, Valdy, John Prine, Johnny Nash, Barry Manilow,
Midler, John Baldry, The Seekers, Cohen, Van Morrison, Javi Garcia,
Rod McKuen, Jefferson Starship, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jesse Winchester,
Joe Cocker, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Tom Petty,
Ringo, The Joy of Cooking, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rodgers,
Linda Ronstadt, Little River Band,
Loggins & Messina, Melanie,
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Mcguinn, Clark & Hillman,
Michael Murphy, Mickey Newbury, Moodie Blues, Murray McLauchlan,
Nana Mouskouri, Mireille Mathieu, Bread, Paul Butterfield,
Oak Ridge Boys, Gatlin Brothers, Tina Turner, Pure Prairie League,
The Righteous Brothers, The Rankin Family, Rita McNeil,
Roy Orbison, Shawn Phillips, The Stampeders, Steve Winwood,
The Youngbloods, Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago …

Camelot Finale Ultimo / Richard Harris / 1967

Did I miss anybody Thom?

Only about a 1000 others …

I don’t know what kids listen too these days,
and although I’m certain there’s some good stuff around?
I’m also certain will never measure up this.

I thought it last forever ..
slowly … surely … sadly …
It faded.
The sun was setting.
Falling back … to wherever we were before?
That tsumami; hurricane; tornado;
that had swept the world.
Had abated.


Have You ever seen the Rain? / CCR / 1971

I still have the music.
To prove it existed.

where would you be now ?

Without LOVE / Dooby Brothers / 1973

I get down on myself sometimes.
Don’t we all?
But I realize also that I’ve done some good things in this life too.
Not inflating – just balancing.
I think learning to GIVE somehow – as Kirk Douglas said –
is HUGE.

I worked for as a Greeter at Home Depot for about 8 years.
I didn’t make much money,
But that was the best job I ever had.
Because I got to help people all day.
Co-workers and customers alike.

And I got paid for it!!
A pretty good deal.

And unlike a lot of jobs, (I’d had over the years),
I didn’t go to work with dread in my heart every day.

That alone was priceless.
And all for a job that most people wouldn’t spit on.

You know … a simple smile can be a huge thing.
Can change a person’s day …
Maybe even their life.

Have a Great Day.

Kirk Douglas: Western Filmography Part 2 of 3

Continuing …
Top Ten Favorite Western Actors

A good Western with Anthony Quinn.
Directed by John Sturges.

Debatable as a Western but …
I always sort of felt sorry for Olivier in this one because
despite that fact that he was a great Shakespearean Actor
he didn’t really have great Star Power/Charisma.
Yet Kirk and Olivier appeared together again in Spartagus.

Never seen this one.

A great Movie.

Not a great Movie.

Star Power can’t save everything.

6 to go …


Apology … to everyone in the universe …

You’ve surely noticed a huge number of mistakes,
typos, errors, and poor editing on my blog lately.
More than normal.

That’s just where I am these days.
I’m getting old and stupid.
And I doubt that I will get any better.
I do check everything before I post stuff,
but I miss a lot.
A lot.
And I don’t notice it until after I’ve posted it
and sent it out to you.
Then I notice it immediately
and try to fix it.
Most of it is fixed before you even seen it in your email.
(Plus I’ve often added new stuff)
But that doesn’t appear in the email.
Only on my blog site.

Just saying.

I could sit here all day and make excuses,
but this is just what it is now.

Real Trouble Passing by The Gunfight at the OK Corral /Part 3

Cool Water  / Walter Brennan / 1964

Gunfight at OK Corral

Hit the Theatres in 1957.

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It was huge success.

Wikipedia says:
“The film was a big hit and earned $4.7 million on its first run
and $6 million on re-release.”
Budget was $2 million.

And all that wouldn’t even buy you a plot on Boot Hill these days.

Meanwhile I had other concerns …

In 1957 I was an 8-year-old kid living in Guildford, Surrey, England.
Mum was visiting her folks.
My only concern at that time was whether
would buy some Sherbet from the local Sweet Shop.

I think it would?

But I never could figure out that English Money.

Passing by … Gunfight at the OK Corral … Part 2: Triva

Gunfight at OK Corral / Frankie Lane / 1957

In response to comments about Deforest Kelley as
Morgan Earp and later as Dr. McCoy on Star Trek:

Interesting stuff …

Passing by … Gunfight at the OK Corral … Part 1

Gunfight at OK Corral / Frankie Lane 

Well … I couldn’t just gallop past the Gunfight at the OK Corral
without a few parting shots – so to speak.

Deal me in …

I figure that the ‘Definitive Film’ on this most famous gunfight
in the Old West will never be made.
Why? Because even though some folks think they’ve got it all figured out
there’s just too much conflicting testimony –
even among professed eyewitnesses.
Some don’t even agree on just which ones wuz the Badguys?
– the Earps or Clantons?

Amongst all known or unknown facts however, only one thing IS clear:
Them Earps had had enuf of them Clantons.

Stirring the pot:
One thing does make me wonder?:
I’ve seen it said that Ike Clanton didn’t have a gun.
That the Earps had disarmed him earlier in the day?
So … if you were going a gunfight …
wouldn’t you bring a gun?

Kirk Douglas: Western Filmography Part 1 of 3

My Top Ten Favorite Western Actors:

Kirk made 18 Westerns so I’m going to run  them in 3 parts.
I reworked all the images.

Most of these early Westerns can be seen in full for free
on a few different sites on the net.  Some can be downloaded as well.
The image quality varies from poor to excellent.

Along the Great Divide 1951 with Kirk Douglas, Virginia Mayo, John Agar, and Walter Brennan. – Bing video

Raoul Walsh
Also Starring Walter Brennan.
Kirk was 35.

The Big Trees (Western, 1952) Kirk Douglas, Eve Miller, Patrice Wymore | Movie, Subtitles – Bing video

Axe practice for The Vikings?
Kirk said: “It’s a bad movie.”
But IMDB gave it 5.7 out of 10.

Directed by Howard Hawks.
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Arthur Hunnicutt and Dewey Martin also appeared.

Directed by King Vidor
Richard Boone
was the Badguy.

The Indian Fighter 1955 – Kirk Douglas – Bing video

Walter Matthau is the badguy.
On the Poster, Kirk looks exactly like his son Michael Douglas.

Gunfight at the OK Corral 1957 HD – Bing video

Lancaster and Douglas in their prime.
Easily one of the Top Ten Westerns of all time.

12 to go …


The REAL Supermen …

David Bowie playing his song Heroes 
at the Bridge School Charity Concert / 1996

Life Magazine is currently running a Front-Page story on the
first Superman Movie starring Christopher Reeve.
But I wonder, however if they aren’t missing
the REAL Supermen story.

LIFE Magazine Celebrates Superman's 85th Anniversary

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 Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The organization’s mission statement states, “The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.” Since 1982, it has distributed over $138 million to spinal cord researchers, and $28 million to nonprofits that aim to support better quality-of-life for people with disabilities.


The foundation was started in 1982 by Henry Stifel, whose son had been injured in a motor vehicle accident. Its original name was the Stifel Paralysis Research Foundation, and it was later renamed the American Paralysis Association (APA). In 1995, the actor Christopher Reeve became quadriplegic as a result of a horse riding accident. Reeve sought out the help of the APA and raised funds for it. In 1996, the foundation was renamed the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and then the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

After Reeve’s death in October 2004, his widow, Dana Reeve, assumed the chairmanship of the Foundation. Dana Reeve herself died 17 months later, in March 2006, of lung cancer.

On March 11, 2007, the Foundation announced that it had changed its name to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation on the first anniversary of Dana Reeve’s death. As of 2020, all three of Christopher and Dana Reeve’s children serve on the foundation’s board of directors.

Superman #2:

Michael J. Fox

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“Our single, urgent goal: Eliminate Parkinson’s disease in our lifetime.”
Over $1 billion funded in research programs to date.



Honoring 2 Real Supermen
who turned personal TRAGEDY
into major enterprises for
Human good.


My Top Ten Favorite Western Actors: Kirk Douglas: Part 2

I’ve seen very few Actors who looked as comfortable
‘in the saddle’ as Kirk Douglas.
(Maybe Ben Johnson).

He looked like he was born there and lived there.

Kirk Douglas | Portraits de célébrités, John wayne, Célébrités

This is what happens when you love what you do.
It shows.
And Kirk was a consummate Craftsman/Artist in his profession.
When he took a role, he owned it.
He wasn’t just Acting – he became that character.
He was ‘all in’.

And I figure that if you were going to work with Kirk,
you better get ‘on board’ pretty fast – or get lost.
He wasn’t fooling around.

Well … not much anyway.

I once found a pic once of Kirk standing on his horse looking around.
Now I can’t locate it.
I’m not sure he was copying Tom Mix, who was seen to do
this a while back. Probably not.

Tom Mix and Tony Postcard - Etsy

Tom Mix was a real Cowboy of course,
and could do most any horse stunt he wanted.

Digressing …

Did Tom Mix actually jump over Beale’s Cut in California?

He said he did. But the film footage that would have
proven it was lost in a fire.

I believe he did though because it’s known
that other riders had done this jump.
So it definitely was possible.
If not foolhardy.

But some folks
just seem to be ‘larger than life’ …

Coming …
Kirk’s Filmography continued.

My Ten Favorite Western Stars … Kirk Douglas Westerns: Part 1…

I am no expert on Western Movies/Film.
Don’t pretend to be.
Just a fan.
Feel free to disagree with anything  – and everything – I say.

“Obey the voice within – it commands us to give of ourselves and help others.
As long as we have the capacity to give, we are alive.”

Kirk Douglas

Un Indien Au Phare Ouest: Le cow-boy Kirk Douglas a rejoint les étoiles

Kirk Douglas was/is indeed an Iconic Western Film Star.
He made 18 Westerns.
(Bet you didn’t know that.)
Most every one is watchable.
Some are Western Classics:

Along the Great Divide / 1951
The Big Trees / 1952
The Big Sky / 1952
Man Without a Star / 1955
The Indian Fighter / 1955
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral / 1958
Last Train from Gun Hill / 1959
The Devil’s Disciple / 1959
The Last Sunset / 1961
Lonely Are the Brave / 1962
The Way West / 1967
The War Wagon / 1967
There Was a Crooked Man / 1970
A Gunfight / 1971
Posse / 1975
The Villain / 1979 film
The Man from Snowy River / 1982 film
Draw! / 1984

Impressive indeed.

Coming up:
Kirk’s Western Filmography Part 1

Kirk Douglas … My Ten Favorite Western Stars continued …

My second Favorite Western Star is

“You haven’t learned how to live until you’ve learned how to give.”
Kirk Douglas

But first … a bit of a Bio:

The Bronze Wrangler
The Bronze Wrangler Award


Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1984.

Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Jimmy Carter on 17th January 1981. This is the highest US honor a civilian can receive.

Received a UCLA Medal of honor 14 June 2002 from the University of California, Los Angeles, during school’s graduation ceremony for theater, film and television students.
Previous recipients include former US Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, and actors Laurence Olivier and Carol Burnett.

AFI Life Achievement Award:
1991 Accepted AFI Life Achievement Award
Academy Awards:
1996 Honorary Award for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community
1995 nominated for Honorary Awards
1956 Lust for Life nominated for Best Actor
1952 Bad & the Beautiful nominated for Best Actor
1949 Champion nominated for Best Actor
Berlin International Film Festival:
1975 Posse nominated for Competing Film
New York Film Critics Circle Award:
1956 Lust for Life won for Best Actor
1951 Detective Story nominated for Best Actor

President of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980.

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1970.

Awarded the American National Medal of Arts in 2001 from
The National Endowment of the Arts.

“Unknown to many, Kirk has long been involved in humanitarian causes and has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the US State Department since 1963. His efforts were rewarded in 1981 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 1983 with the Jefferson Award. Furthermore, the French honored him with the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. More recognition followed for his work with the American Cinema Award (1987), the German Golden Kamera Award (1987), The National Board of Reviews Career Achievement Award (1989), an honorary Academy Award(1995), Recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award (1999) and the UCLA Medal of Honor (2002).”

Helped break the Hollywood blacklist by hiring Dalton Trumbo, a member of the “Hollywood Ten”, to write the screenplay.
Despite widespread criticism from many in the industry, including John Wayne and Hedda Hopper, Douglas refused to back down and Trumbo received a screen credit under his own name.
When presenting Douglas with an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement at The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996) (TV), Steven Spielberg thanked Douglas for his courage.

His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 6263 Hollywood Blvd.

Has a street named after him near Palm Springs International Airport: Kirk Douglas Way. (2004)


Kirk Douglas / Author of books:
The Ragman’s Son: An Autobiography (1988, memoir)
Dance with the Devil (1990, novel)
The Gift (1992, novel)
Last Tango in Brooklyn (1994, novel)
Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning (1997, memoir)
My Stroke of Luck (2002, memoir)
Let’s Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving, and Learning (2007, memoir)


He knew he wasn’t perfect.
That’s what made him great.

Ten Favorite Westerns Stars: Burt Lancaster continued …

Big Iron / 2020
Colter Wall
written by Marty Robbins

“You sit in your tepee and dream and then you go to wherever the dream may take you. It might come true. You wait for real life to catch up.”
Burt Lancaster

IMDB (Internet Movie Database) says that
Burt Lancaster made 16 Westerns.
That’s wrong.
Desert Fury (1947) ain’t no Western.
Just because a movie is made in Sedona AZ
or somebody is wearing a Cowboy hat
doesn’t make it a Western.

So … let’s say about 15
Burt Lancaster Westerns.

Did you know that?!
(I didn’t.)
But I regard 5 of them to be 
Western Classics.

Here’s my list:

The Gunfight at the OK Corral / 1957
Definitely one of the most
influential Westerns of all time

Vera Cruz / 1954
Lancaster and Cooper
Wa do ya want?

The Professionals / 1966
One of the Top Ten Westerns every made.

The Unforgiven / 1960
One of the most controversial Westerns ever made.
And some said that Hepburn doesn’t look very native.
But it’s Hepburn – so all is Forgiven.

The Rainmaker / 1956
Some say this isn’t a Western.
But it’s got Hepburn. 
So let it rain.

Honorable Mention:

The Kentuckian / 1955

Moving along …

My Top Ten Favorite Westerns Stars 1: Burt Lancaster

Heroes / Angu / 1964

“I walked out of class one day and I never went back.”
-Burt Lancaster

In no special order:
My First Western Star is
Burton Stephen Lancaster
But he’d definitely be near the top.

Born in New York, New York, U.S,A.
November 2, 1913 – October 20, 1994

As a kid in the 1930s New York, Burt learned to Act
in local theatre productions in also studied Circus Arts –
eventually becoming a Circus Acrobat and Trapeze Artist.
He seemed ‘custom made’ to be a Action Film Star.
But it also helps to have a ton of Charisma/Star Power.

Burt’s first Action Film:
The Flame and the Arrow / 1950

Yes … well … not an auspicious beginning to be sure …
(Burt’s swordfighting skills need a bit of work too.)

But his second Action Film
The Crimson Pirate / 1952
opened the flood gates to Stardom.

Heave Ho and up she rises!

Can you identify this kind of ship for me
that was used in The Crimson Pirate ?


Coming …
Burt’s Westerns