My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

“I don’t like to watch me on the screen. I don’t think I’m very good.” – James Garner  Most everybody else had a different opinion. There was a purity about James Garner – as plain and pure as the driven rain. People sensed it … and liked it.   Some Trivia:  Lost his mother when he was …

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James Garner April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014  Who was that tall dark stranger there … ? Leaving things a lot better than when he found it …  Western Heritage Awards 1996 Won Bronze Wrangler Television Feature Film / Streets of Laredo (1995) Shared with: Suzanne De Passe (executive producer), Robert Halmi Jr. (executive producer), Larry …

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The Guns of Laredo … Part 3 … the Rifles In Streets of Laredo we see mainly 3 standard rifles – plus a couple of oddities. There are others long guns, but their appearance is too brief to mention. Firstly we have the Winchester 73′ rifle – ‘the rifle that won the West’? Combined with the Colt 45 …

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Bob Dylan Streets of Laredo contains most your standard Western gunfare: Yer Colt 45, Yer Winchester ’73, and Yer double barrel shotgun …. But it also has 2 unique weapons – plus another that’s fairly uncommon. I was not able to locate any resources that specifically itemized the Guns in Streets of Laredo. It took …

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Casting Director, Lynn Kressel won Casting Awards for Streets of Laredo. Let’s see why … James Garner Nothing much needs to be said about James Garner as a Western Film Actor He’s an icon. Garner’s Westerns Maverick  with Jack Kelly 1957-1962 TV Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend with Randolph Scott / 1957 Movie Alias Jesse James with Bob Hope 1957 Cameo as Maverick …

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Felt like I better mention that Streets of Laredo did justly claim a few awards: Nominated for Primetime Emmy Award 1996 Nominated for Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or a Special Lynn Kressel (casting director) Nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries or a Special An Emmy Award recognizes excellence in the television industry. Won American Society of Cinematographers, USA 1996 Won ASC …

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“Capt. Woodrow F. Call: I will not tolerate rude behaviour!” Fortunately, Streets of Laredo is chock full of rude behaviour. I selected this version of the very famous song The Streets of Laredo by Ed Bruce (http://www.edbrucemusic.com/) (writer of “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and “You’re the Best Break This Old Heart Ever …

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Found this clip today … when I shoulda found it yesterday!! Anyway … nice clip on Garner and original Maverick Series. Garner: Leaving things better than when he found it. Garner: “I didn’t know what I was doing.” That’s OK Jim … we did.

Maverick Theme Song Written by composers David Buttolph (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics). Sung by ? “a male chorus”. Maverick Lyrics (Go ahead … sing along) Who is the tall, dark stranger there? Maverick is the name. Ridin’ the trail to who knows where, Luck is his companion, Gamblin’ is his game. Smooth as the handle on a …

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Clint Eastwood … paying his dues …

Took me longer than an ‘Hour‘ though …

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 …

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 You’ve Got a Friend / Carole King ” I haven’t been to a movie since the Duke died.” – Murphy (James Garner) _________________________________________________________________________ Brother Bruce (I have 4 Brothers – one Sister) was asking about Murphy’s Romance – and though I have it posted as one of MY FAVORITES, I haven’t done anything with it. So …

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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 …

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