My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

1972 / Glendale Train / New Riders of the Purple Sage Jesse James (1939) Jesse James was a smash hit and the fourth largest-grossing film of 1939, behind Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and in front of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. That’s a hell of …

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Kingston Trio Jesse James (1939) I woulda put my money on The Kid. Between 1921 and 2007 we count 28 movies about Jesse James or where Jesse James was a prominent character. Between 1911 and 2011 we count 23 movies about Billy the Kid or where Billy the Kid was a prominent character. If this was …

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A Kiss to Build a Dream On / Jill Barber To the Last Man / 1933 I’ve been stuck for over a month. This time on Esther Ralston. My problem is the incredible number of awesome images of her. Many of which needed some editing. Finally I’ve got something to put up.  Esther has over …

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The Last Round-Up / Vivian Blaine / Songwriter Billy Hill / 1933 Songwriter Billy Hill (1899 – 1940) wrote several Western Classic’s including  “Old Pine Tree“,”Wagon Wheels“, and “Empty Saddles“. The Last Round-Up / 1934 Zane Grey’s “The Border Legion” must be a helluva story because it was adapted to film 5 times – in 1918, 1924, 1930, and in 1940. The The …

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Oh! Susanna/ Burl Ives To the Last Man / 1933 Randolph and Shirley … continued Ya, I know that Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm isn’t a Western. And NO, I’m not starting a new blog called My Favorite Farmers. Nothing against farmers, but I just found this connection between Shirley and Randolph to be interesting. Still do. …

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It’s a Beautiful Day To the Last Man / 1933 Randolph and Shirley  “Then the traveler in the dark Thanks you for your tiny spark, How could he see where to go, If you did not twinkle so?” Not cute at all. *cough* When I was a kid I hated Shirley Temple. On Saturday mornings I …

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the circle / byrds  To the Last Man / 1933 Now … where was I? Oh yeah, To the Last Man Casting. I’ll get back to Shirley in a minute because she’s worthy of a lot more space. Meanwhile: Our Hero, 35 year-old Randolph was a pretty terrible Actor in 1933 – very wooden. But became …

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only time To the Last Man / 1933 “The Law of Vengeance is the Law of the Land!” “A Lawless Breed in a Lawless Land!” “A Fight to the Finish … which could only lead to … Death!” You might think that these old Westerns are pretty formula – same Director, same Cast, etc. But …

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home from the forest / lightfoot Man of the Forest / 1933 I got stuck a bit on this one for. My impression was that this film was more popular than most films in it’s time. I wanted to verify that, but there’s not a lot of history on many of these early Westerns. So my investigation dragged …

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Doolin Dalton – Desperado / Eagles Into the Sunset … I was just a kid – or not even born – when many of the Greatest Westerns Stars who ever lived had already rode off into the sunset – or died. So I missed a hell of lot of good Westerns from the 30’s, 40’s and even …

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Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7 Continued …   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 …

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Home on the Range  / Tom Roush Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7  The Thundering Herd  (1933) He followed a trail of blazing action across the prairies! The Thundering Herd – a Pre-Code Western has a rather amazing cast of Western Icons: Randolph Scott, Judith Allen, Buster Crabbe, Noah Beery, Sr. and Harry Carey. The film …

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Wildfire  / Michael Murphey Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 6  Wild Horse Mesa (1932)  A Review … or two Zane Grey / possibly on a mountain lion-hunting trip with Buffalo Jones to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1907. – Courtesy U.S. National Park Service – Next Henry Hathaway / Director of …

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chris stapleton  / tennessee whisky Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns  Heritage of the Desert (1932)  Henry Hathaway’s first film Directing solo. Randolph Scott’s first Starring role. Next Henry Hathaway / Part 6

THE SPOILERS / 1942 Starring John Wayne, Randolph Scott, and Marlene Dietrich (Spoiler alert: The Goodguy wins) 

Lee Marvin and Randolph Scott DVD Talk – Partial Review / Review by Stuart Galbraith IV | posted August 24, 2005 http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/17309/stranger-wore-a-gun-the/ The Stranger Wore a Gun is a muddled mess made palatable by Scott’s likeable hero, a strong supporting cast, and the novelty of 3-D at its most nakedly exploitive.

Lee Marvin and Randolph Scott  Lee moves up to 3rd on the Bill … Warning: Huge Spoiler below …  …  Lee gets killed … 

Lee Marvin and Van Heflin  Lee moves up to 4th on the Bill … a change of plans … One Line Reviews: Iain Stott http://1linereview.blogspot.ca/2009/03/raid-1954.html The Raid (1954) Recommended USA Feature Film Director: Hugo Fregonese Writers: Sydney Boehm, Francis Cockrell, Herbert Ravenal Sass Cinematographer: Lucien Ballard Composer: Roy Webb Cast: Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone, …

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Pretty lousy posters … Marvin molesting … what? again? MFW: about the only thing I liked about Gun Fury was that is was filmed around Sedona, Arizona – one of my favorite places on the planet.  

Trailer: Lee is 5th on the Bill

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