My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

javi garcia / nightfall The Sons of Katie Elder / Part 4 Henry Hathaway / Director Next, Hathaway was Assistant Director under another Fleming film The Rough Riders (1927) – Widipedia says: ” A fictional account of Theodore Roosevelt’s military unit in Cuba – a worthy Western setting, but the film was evidently not very good. Wikipedia: “Incomplete or fragment prints of this …

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poeme / secret garden The Sons of Katie Elder / Part 3 Henry Hathaway / Director “To be a good director you’ve got to be a bastard. I’m a bastard and I know it.” – Henry Hathaway Thought I’d do a little profile on Henry Hathaway, the Director of Sons of Katie Elder. Initially John Sturges ( Bad Day at …

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javi-garcia / the-cold-cold-ground / wicked-as-you The Sons of Katie Elder / Part 2 John Wayne was 55 years old in 1965 and not feeling good about himself. Years of excessive smoking (6 packs a day) and drinking were calling in their dues. Wikipedia says:  “Filming was due to begin in September 1964, but had to be …

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Johnny Cash sings “The Sons of Katie Elder“; a rather awful song written by Elmer Bernstein and Ernie Sheldon. The film’s background music was also composed by Elmer Bernstein. The Sons of Katie Elder / 1965 Dean’s second Western with John Wayne. A follow-up to immensely popular Rio Bravo (1959) Katie Elder was a real person and …

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nino tempo and april stevens 4 for Texas Trivia. When I’m researching a movie  I love to read the Trivia on IMDB (Internet Movie DataBase) It can tell you a lot: IMDB Trivia Opening credits say: “The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or events …

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El Paso Robert Aldrich Westerns / A Sketch Significant as one of Burt’s first Westerns. A undeniable Western Classic. One of My Favorites. Romance and Tragedy in the Old West. Kirk Douglas, Carol Lynley, Dorothy Malone, Rock Hudson They don’t make ’em like this anymore. They can’t. Worth one watch as being unique to it’s …

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“You’re not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.” – Dean Martin I should have posted this back in January: I’ll get back to my John Wayne Filmography shortly.

sinatra Dean Martin Westerns / 4 for Texas / Part 2 Next: Part 3

michael murphy Dean Martin Westerns /4 for Texas / 1963 Taglines The far out story of the far west. How the West Was Lost! They’re Busting Up The West Like It’s Never Been Busted Up Before! It’s a daisy! 4 for Texas 4 for Texas was Dean’s 4th Western (of 10) and is straight out …

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chris isaak Dean Martin Westerns / Sergeants 3 / Part 3 I didn’t intend to do this much coverage of Sergeants 3, but these projects always get bigger than I expected. It does have some interesting stuff though. Posters They had the Pack bounce on a trampoline for these shots.

young at heart Dean Martin Westerns / Sergeants 3 /1962 Wikipedia says: “Sergeants 3 is a 1962 remake of Gunga Din (1939) set in the American West, directed by John Sturges and featuring Rat Pack icons Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. It was the last film to all five …

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king of the road / dean Dean Martin Westerns / Sergeants 3 /1962 In 1962 Dean Martin makes his 3rd Western: Sergeants 3. No Classic, but interesting for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s Produced by Frank Sinatra – and Directed (believe it or not) by the great Director John Sturges, Director of the Great Western Classics: The …

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Cool Water / Walter Brennan Dean Martin Westerns / Rio Bravo /1959 4 years after his split with Jerry Lewis, Dean made his second Western: Rio Bravo – Western Classic. I’ve covered Rio Bravo somewhat, so I’m just gonna show a couple of images and move on. Good images though. In 1958 Dean Martin was 41 years old. James Cagney, John Cassavetes, Edmond O’Brien, Rod Steiger, Richard …

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i walk the line / cash Dean Martin Westerns / Pardners / Part 3 I just thought some of these pics were remarkable – so I’m putting them up. Above: Young Jerry / Young Dean Above: This probably wouldn’t go over too well in 2017. Well … you can’t be Zany all the time.  The Gals of Pardners …

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youre-nobody-till-somebody-loves-you / Dean Dean Martin Westerns / Pardners / Part 2 Below: A couple more Posters that I found.  Obviously there was a tremendous bond between Dean and Jerry. They loved each other like brothers (are supposed to). Yet, after they broke up, they were estranged for 20 years. It took a surprise meeting set up by Frank Sinatra to …

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Memories-are-Made-of-This / Dean Martin / 1956 Pardners / Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis / 1956 Dean Martin Westerns Let’s look at Dean Martin’s Westerns.  Dean Martin made about 10 Westerns between 1956 and 1973. They fall into a few categories: Comedy, Classic, Spaghetti, Pulp, and Head Scratcher? Let’s start with Martin and Lewis (Jerry). Dean and Jerry made several movies in their 10 …

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