My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Theme from The Gunfight at OK Corral  Two blogs I follow (and I don’t follow that many) recently spotlighted Burt Lancaster. Cindy Bruchman over at ‘Cindy Bruchman‘ has Winter Project: Burt Lancaster. While John Charet over at Cinematiccoffee posted Sweet Smell of Success. Two Classics! I was saying to Cindy that I consider Burt Lancaster to …

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A Wilder Bunch?? Casting Call Part 1 / Pike Bishop The Wild Bunch 1973 I always like to check who got a particular role/part/casting – and how – why? Who refused it – missed out? The casting story for The Wild Bunch reveals some very interesting candidates. Who would you have picked? Why? A very tough decision. Wikipedia says: “Director …

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Dennis Hopper Western Filmography I count Dennis Hopper’s appearances in at least two Western Classics: Gunfight at OK Corral with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas (1957); and True Grit (1969) with John Wayne. Even if Western movie fans didn’t count these movies as Classic, it would be recognized that Hopper had appeared with three of …

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 “You call that life? If an Apache cannot live in his home mountains like his fathers before him, he is already dead!” Massai: (Lancaster) When Rose and I got back from Arizona and the Apache Trail … I sat down in my living room and turned on the TV. Guess what’s playing? ??? Apache … …

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lancaster and marvin …  … men with swagger  

The Professionals didn’t seem to indulge in a lot of marketing promotion. Possibly (credibly) relying on it’s AllStar cast to carry it. But some of marketing images are still a bit of a head scratcher. Like this: This DVD cover/poster headlines “Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Jack Palance and Ralph Bellamy“. But … ? the image …

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The Professionals … Three 1966 Academy Award Nominations: Best Director: Richard Brooks Best Adapted Screenplay: Richard Brooks Best Cinematography: Conrad Hall The film won two Motion Picture Magazine Laurel Awards in 1967, for Best Action Drama and Best Action Performance for Lee Marvin. In Germany, it was one of only four movies to receive a Golden Screen award (the others were Doctor Zhivago, Merveilleuse …

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“Maybe there’s only one revolution, since the beginning, the good guys against the bad guys. Question is, who are the good guys?” – Burt Lancaster / The Professionals  The Professionals …  Truly. Lee Marvin moves into full blown stardom – becoming a legitimate box office titan – in one of the greatest Westerns ever made …

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My list of Favorites is pretty long. No problem there – ‘cept gettin’ sumpthin’ dun on them. Sooo wilst I’m trying to figure what to do next, here are a few more of My Favorites: The Mask of Zorro I know wut yer thinkin’: HEY! is that a Western? Yep. I don’t have a swashbuckler blog. …

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“A director is a ringmaster, a psychiatrist and a referee.” Robert Aldrich Director / Writer / Producer “The power is for the director to do what he wants to do. To achieve that he needs his own cutter, he needs his cameraman, he needs his own assistant and a strong voice in his choice of …

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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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I’m posting updates to my Vera Cruz page – slowly – as able. Right now I’m working on the wonderful Cast. Bios for Lancaster and Cooper are in MFW Cowboy Hall of Fame … and everybody else’s too. Below is the wonderful Cesar Romero … Onward ! Romero’s acting credits are so extensive I have refrained from …

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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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Continuing to add pages to Gunfight at the OK Corral profile … Thing is … I keep finding new stuff … and changing things.  So I’m editing and adding new material as a go along. Combined with my inexperience at Blogging, it’s taking quite a bit of work and I’m only able to add 2 or …

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