Tag Archives: Hour of the Gun

Fun with the ‘Gun’ …

9 Dec

HOUR OF THE GUN 1

HOUR OF THE GUN 2

HOUR OF THE GUN 3

Took me longer than an ‘Hour‘ though …

James Garner Western Filmography …

9 Dec

I thought it would be rather easy to throw something together for James Garner. Not so !! Just the Maverick stuff itself seemed like a small industry – with TV Series, spin-offs, Movies, Mini Series … etc.

Let’s get started:

Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend with Randolph Scott / 1957
Garner’s
first Western. Pretty well any Western with Randolph Scott is either very watchable or Classic.

Shoot Out at Medicine BendScott and Garner
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Maverick / TV Show

“Who is the tall dark stranger there … ??”

Why it’s Maverick of course ! Most likely Bret Maverick (James Garner)

Mavericks

Mavericks: Bret (James Garner) and Bart (Jack Kelly)

Maverick Banner

Maverick TV Show – Opening Banner

Jack Kelly, Beau Maverick (Roger Moore) Garner

Jack Kelly, Beau Maverick (Roger Moore) and Garner

After Garner left the show during the 3rd Season …
It just wasn’t the same.
Maverick – in Film and TV – went through a few permutations and convolutions over the years and will need to be covered in more depth later.

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Garner made a cameo appearance in the Bob Hope Western Comedy
Alias Jesse James.

MFW JAMES GARNER

Couldn’t find any pics of James so I’m inserting Gloria Talbott instead. Yeah.
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Duel at Diablo: Garner with Sydney Poitier / 1966

Duel at Diablo

I don’t know much about this movie .. will have to catch up.
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One of My Favorites: Hour of the Gun / 1967

Hour of the Gun

Garner is  scary stern as Wyatt Earp
and Robards is brilliant as Doc Holliday.
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Support Your Local Sheriff / 1966
Garner’s
comic talents were exploited often:

Support Your Local Sheriff

Garner, Bruce Dern (in jail) and the awesome Jack Elam

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Sledge / 1970

What happens when you mix spaghetti with beef?
You get Sledge.

Sledge

Claude Akins, Dennis Weaver, Garner

Some decent people in here.

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More comedy …
Support Your Local Gunfighter / 1971

Support Your Local Gunfighter

Lovely Suzanne Pleshette – Garner

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Skin Game

Garner and young Lou Gossett team up

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Nichols

Nichols … I liked it, but it didn’t stick

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Disney calls:

Castaway Cowboy

Garner probably did more Comedy Westerns than anyone

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Not everything worked:
Young Maverick – TV Show / 1979
Starred Charles Frank as Ben Maverick. Really.
Lasted 8 episodes.

The New Maverick

1979 / Made for TV movie attempted to kick-start Young Maverick TV show

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Then … suddenly:
Murphy’s Romance / 1985

Murphy's Romance

 … a gem

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Was this a Western ? I believe I spot a car in there.
Garner as legendary lawman Wyatt Earp (again) and Bruce Willis as legendary Western actor Tom Mix,
but I’m not sure.

Sunset

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Maverick – the movie / 1994
Garner, Gibson and Jodie Foster and James Coburn and Graham Greene
and others …
Garner appears as the much rumoured “Pappy” …
Gibson reprises Bret.

Maverick Movie

A fun movie – good cast
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Then …

Streets of Laredo – 3 part mini-series … also a Great Cast:
Garner, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Ned Beatty, Randy Quaid,
Wes Studi, Charles Martin Smith …
and Alexis Cruz does a good job as the villain. 

Streets of Laredo

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will cover this better – later.

Whew !!!

Upcoming:

Maverick: The TV Show
Hour of the Gun
Streets of Laredo

Gunfight at the OK Corral … Earps doing ‘the walk’ revisited

2 Sep

Earps doing the walk … 

Updated graphics

‘Gunfight at the OK Corral’: Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, John Hudson, DeForest KelleyKirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, John Hudson, DeForest Kelley
Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957)
Directed by John Sturges

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Frank Converse, Sam Melville, Jason Robards, James Garner
Hour of the Gun  (1967)
Directed by John Sturges

tombstone earps doing the walkVal Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Kirk Russel, Bill Paxton
Tombstone (1993)
Directed by  George P. Cosmatos

wyatt earp doing the walk 2Dennis Quaid, Michael Madsen, Kevin Costner, Linden Ashby
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan

Earp’s … doing ‘The Walk’

25 Jul

Epic! The famous ‘Walk’ to the climactic gunfight at OK Corral

Kirk Douglas

Gunfight at the OK Corral – Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, John Hudson, DeForest Kelley

Hour of the Gun Frank Converse, Sam Melville, Jason Robards, James Garner

Hour of the Gun Frank Converse, Sam Melville, Jason Robards, James Garner

'Tombstone' Val Kilmer, Sam Shapard, Kirk Russel, Bill Paxton

Tombstone Val Kilmer, Sam Shapard, Kirk Russel, Bill Paxton

'Wyatt Earp' Dennis Quaid, Michael Madsen, Kevin Costner, Linden Ashby

Wyatt Earp Dennis Quaid, Michael Madsen, Kevin Costner, Linden Ashby

‘The Wild Bunch’ … doing ‘the Walk’?  You betcha!

The Wild Bunch Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates, William Holden, Ernest Borgnine

The Wild Bunch Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, William Holden, Ernest Borgnine

Intentional – or not (and I surely believe it was)
Pekinpah’s Wild Bunch do ‘The Walk’

Lancaster as Earp – the ‘Grin’ and the Grim

16 Jul
MFW LANCASTER THE GRIN

LANCASTER in ‘VERA CRUZ’  and “GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL’

In rebuilding my ‘Gunfight at the OK Corral‘ page I got to thinking about Lancaster’s portrayal of Wyatt Earp. In earlier films Lancaster had become famous for his trademark smile – which he is said to have referred to as “the grin” – most obvious in ‘Vera Cruz’ (one of My Favorite Westerns). Therefore his stoic and stern portrayal of Wyatt Earp in ‘Gunfight at the OK Corral’ is a stark and deliberate contrast. Was Earp really like this? Because this same humorless image of Earp is carried on through most of the other popular Earp Films: ‘Hour of the Gun‘; ‘Tomestone’ and ‘Wyatt Earp’. Only Henry Fonda‘s portrait of Earp in ‘My Darling Clementine‘ (1946) seems to put a more human face on Earp. Director John Sturges (‘Gunfight at the OK Corral’) continued with this strict image of Earp in ‘Hour of the Gun’ (1968) which starred James Garner as Earp. Garner’s ruthless portrayal of Earp is even more striking because of Garner’s usual soft and often comedic persona from the ‘Maverick’ TV series. It is safe to say however, that Sturges wasn’t very concerned with a historical portrayal of Earp (Lancaster doesn’t even sport a mustache) or the gunfight at the OK Corral. But it seems ironic that the film that makes the greatest effort to paint a historical document of Earp (Lawrence Kasdan‘s ‘Wyatt Earp’ starring Kevin Costner as Earp) is probably the least popular of five films.

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