Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns Sunset Pass / 1933
ROMANCE and ADVENTURE tuned to thundering hoofbeats … as a two-gun hero fights his way to a girl’s heart!
In 1933, Henry Hathaway Directed 6 Westerns, but in many like Sunset Pass the cast includes at least 4 icons of early WesternCinema: Randolph Scott, Tom Keene, Harry Carey, and Noah Beery. So it’s sad to see that some seem to be forgotten and lost.
But by the looks of this AllMovie write up maybe is deserves to be lost:
AllMovie Synopsis by Sandra Brennan (http://www.allmovie.com/movie/sunset-pass-v112292)
In this western, a US marshal goes undercover to bust up a bunch of rustlers. The history behind the film is as interesting as the story. Paramount made this during the Depression when the studio was teetering towards bankruptcy. To save money, much of this film was comprised of footage from the earlier films of former western star Jack Holt. The long shots were old silent footage, while the close-shots were of different actors wearing exactly the same costumes. Paramount made 9 other westerns in this way.
Sunset Pass Posters
Two other versions of Sunset Pass (1929) and Sunset Pass (1946) have been made.
Harry Carey, Randolph Scott and Noah Beery Sr.
Randolph Scott, Kathleen Burke, Tom Keene and Fuzzy Knight
Almost forgotten now, Tom Keene was a well known and popular Western Star of his day who made about 41 Westerns between 1928 and 1959.
Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns Under the Tonto Rim / 1933
MISTAKEN for a ‘BAD MAM’ — and he had to live up to it!
Director Henry Hathaway was 35 years old in 1933.
Tonto Daley (Erwin) A complete failure as a ranch cowhand – then a chuck wagon driver, his embarrassment is total after accidentally causing a wagon to tip over and his boss’s daughter Nina Weston to fall into a creek.
He hits the trail with his tail between his legs, taking a job from Porky and Tom to become a hog farmer. He is miserable and lonely, and things get worse when former foreman Munther tries to railroad Tonto in the rustling of some cattle. He finds out Porky and Tom are in on it, and Nina becomes Tonto’s ally in the fight to make things right.
Then things finally take a turn …
Under the Tonto Rim (1933) seems to be almost a lost movie. I could find no Trailers – or clips – and very few reviews.
From buffoon to hero, Tonto gets the gal (Verna Hillie).
Caterwauling cowboysVerna Hillie with unidentified steed.
Between 1928 and 1968 Erwin appeared in about 120 movies.
He specialized in playing the average Joe, hayseeds
and semi-buffoonish sidekicks.
But was best as boxer Joe Palooka of comic strip fame (Palooka,1939)
and as Judy Garland’s dense brother in Pigskin Parade (1936),
which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Under the Tonto Rim / Zane Grey / 1926
Verna Hillie (5 May 1914 – 3 October 1997) was an American film actress. She starred opposite John Wayne in the 1934 films The Star Packer and The Trail Beyond. She made 19 movies in her career.
Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7
Before 1800 scientists estimate there were 60,000,000 buffalo/bison on the North American plains.
The Buffalo / Bison has been around for a long time. The cave painting (from France) above is believed to be about 10,000 years old.
The ancient hunters would never have dreamed about wiping all of them out.
Yet it only took a mere fistful of white hunters less than 50 years to slaughter the North American buffalo to near extinction.
And it was done deliberately.
The simple plan was to force the Natives onto the Reservations by killing off their food source.
Thus opening up the West for settlement. (Civilization?)
Buffalo hunting still goes on today. It’s a bit controversial as you might imagine – as some ‘hunts’ amount only to shooting a Buffalo standing in a field or pasture – for a fee. There are other hunting formats however (Bow, Crossbow, period Firearms … ) and most any real hunter would insist on a greater experience. Myself, I’m against Trophy Hunting, but not conventional hunting whereby the meat would be taken and used.
Myself, I don’t hunt and I own no firearms or weapons.
Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7 continued …
He followed a trail of blazing action across the prairies!
The Thundering Herd – a Pre-Code Western hasa rather amazing cast of Western Icons:Randolph Scott, Judith Allen, Buster Crabbe, Noah Beery, Sr. and Harry Carey.
The film is now in the public domain and also known as Buffalo Stampede.
Buffalo Stampede (1950)
As Big … and Great as the Wide … Wild West!
Buffalo Stampede can be watched on You Tube
in watchable 480 resolution – 57:15 long.
Sprague (Harry Carey)and Jett (Noah Beery)and their men are buffalo hunters. Doan (Randolph Scott) is with Sprague and is looking for Jett who tried to kill him and is holding his girlfriend Milly (Judith Allen) hostage. Jett’s is also stealing Sprague’s furs. Meanwhile, Indians are attacking the buffalo hunters.
There are very few reviews on The Thundering Herd. I watched it on You Tube and I’d give it a 6 out of 10 at best. It’s climax is unusual and not entirely satisfying in how the badguy is dispatched.
Yet the Cast is interesting and it is a Talky.
Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7 continued …
For a long time I avoided doing any posts about John Wayne (not an easy thing to do on a Western Movie Blog) because I feared John would turn into a massive and daunting project. I was right. However, I figured out a way to handle it by simply doing his Western filmography one post/movie at a time. And this has been working out pretty good. UNTIL my post on Born to the West / Helltown when I accidentally opened the gate to Zane Grey’s corral – and was immediately trampled/stampeded to death. There is more stuff on Zane Grey that tumbleweeds in Texas. But I didn’t know that.
His books have been made into movies over a hundred times going all the way back to 1911 – and continue up to the present.
That’s a ton of images, artwork, film, posters, photos, etc etc.
So I’ve been stuck – mainly because there’s conflicting information about his early movies and because some of his books have been made into movies several times.
I will attempt something anyway.
Zane Grey Movies
Fighting Blood / 1911
Fighting Blood– a B&W silent film – about13:42 long. Very few images survive from this movie.
The Heart of Texas Ryan / 1917
The Border Legion / 1918
5 versions of The Border Legionhave been filmed.
It is not known whether this silent B&W version currently survives.
The Border Legion / 1924
This version ofThe Border Legion is lost.
Another silent version directed by William K. Howard and starring Antonio Moreno and Helene Chadwick.
The Border Legion / 1930
Even with Jack Holt and Fay Wray, AllMovie only gives this version a 1.5 out of 5.
The Border Legion / 1940
Roy tries his hand at poker.
(Until he starts singing I’m all in)
Gabby takes the stage.
I gotta tell ya that the emergence of comedy sidekicks and singing cowboys was not my favorite thing for a Western.
Grey’s novels and short stories have been adapted into 112 films, two television episodes, and a television series, Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater.
“Pearl“? There are a few guesses at how Grey was originally named Pearl – but nothing seems conclusive. He later dropped it.
Had a violent upbringing – often beaten by his father – and acted likewise – often brawling as a child.
Grey was an avid reader of adventure stories such as Robinson Crusoe as well as dime novels featuring Buffalo Bill and “Deadwood Dick“. He also loved the the great illustrators Howard Pyle and Frederic Remington.
Zane wrote his first story, Jim of the Cave, when he was fifteen. His father tore it to shreds and beat him.
Grey attended the University of Pennsylvania on a baseball scholarship, where he studied dentistry.
He proved to be a poor scholar, but an excellent baseball player. He had to choose between Writing, Baseball or Dentistry, but unhappily concluded that dentistry was the practical choice.
Still tried his hand at baseball, but only earned a single major league game in 1903 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Moved to New York: dentist by day, writer by night.
Married, but was an habitual and open womanizer with many mistresses.
Despite many rejections and false starts, he kept on writing.
Finally it clicked: In 1912 published Riders of the Purple Sagehis all-time best-seller, and one of the most successful Western novels of all. Six movies have been made from this book.
Grey became one of the first millionaire authors. Was in the top ten best-seller list nine times.
Zane Grey was a major force in shaping the myths of the Old West; his books and stories were adapted into other media, such as film and TV productions. He was the author of more than 90 books, some published posthumously and/or based on serials originally published in magazines. His total book sales exceed 40 million.
Grey wrote not only Westerns, but two hunting books, six children’s books, three baseball books, and eight fishing books (his real passion).
Many famous actors got their start in films based on Zane Grey books. They included Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott, William Powell, Wallace Beery, Richard Arlen, BusterCrabbe, Shirley Temple, and Fay Wray. Victor Fleming, later director of Gone with the Wind, and Henry Hathaway, who later directed True Grit, both learned their craft on Grey films.
Honors and awards
The National Park Service maintains his former home in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania as the Zane Grey Museum, a part of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River area.
His home in Altadena is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Zanesville, Ohio has a museum named in his honor, the National Road-Zane Grey Museum.
Zane Grey Terrace, a small residential street in the hillsides of Altadena, is named in his honor.
The Zane Grey Tourist Park Bermagui, Australia.
“Zane Greys’” a headland at the western end of Matapaua Bay, New Zealand.
The Zane Grey Continuation School is located adjacent to Reseda High School in Reseda, Los Angeles, California.
Zane Grey room is located at the Sigma Nu – Beta Rho house in honor of where Zane Grey lived for part of his time at the University of Pennsylvania.
Wilder Ranch State Park near Santa Cruz, California named the Zane Grey Trail after the author.