My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Burl Ives – The first cover of Ghost Riders In The Sky, recorded in 1949 Very sweetly done Burl. Tom Keene  Wikipedia: Tom Keene (born George Duryea; December 30, 1896 – August 4, 1963) was an American actor known mostly for his roles in B Westerns. During his almost 40-year career in motion pictures Tom Keene worked under three …

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Ghost Riders In The Sky” by Stan Jones – Original Version 1948

Funny how Time slips Away / Elvis Presley How quickly we forget. You were a Star once. A HUGE Star. World Famous. Then  … incredibly, just a few short years after you hung up your spurs … Everything disappeared. You were erased. By time. Why? It’s understandable maybe? Because most early Western Stars were dead …

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i won’t back down / cash Buck Jones Filmography / Posters 1920 to 1930 Buck was now making 7, 8 or 9 movies a year – production was swift in those days. Buck had achieved Top Bill/Stardom – his name is often larger and posted before the movie title. He was the draw. – but not necessarily as …

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A Simple Song of Freedom / Buckwheat 1971 Buck Jones / Steeds of Renown / Part 5 Despite Jones impressive list of 168 Credits, most of his early work was as a Stuntman/Stunt Rider/Support Actor/Stunt double for Tom Mix, William Farnum, William S. Hart and others. No shame in that, but it did take a while for Buck to achieve Stardom. …

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My Heroes have always been Cowboys / Willie Nelson Buck Jones / Steeds of Renown / Part 4 Next: Buck Jones / Steeds of Renown / Part 5

Post # 600 / My Favorite Westerns  Like the old prospector said: “I really never counted on living this long.” The Last Roundup / Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers Buck Jones / Steeds of Renown / Part 3 A movie star for over 20 years – dying early at age 53. Over 160 movies. …

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The Last of the Silver Screen Cowboys / Rex Allen Jr. from the movie Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985) Buck and Silver Buck I’ve seen Buck Jones‘ beautiful horse alternately identified as Silver or Silver Buck. I believe Silver Buck is his correct name. Any way you call him – a beautiful mount. Next: Buck Jones / Steeds …

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Buck Jones / Iconic Images / Steeds of Renown Part 1 “In my pictures we never let up on the action. They’ve got as much movement as the silents. In the last one I rode a horse through a plate-glass window, and that’s the sort of thing pictures need.” – Buck Jones. (MFW: Haven’t heard …

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Stuck again … A while back I got a bright idea to do a post on one of the most famous and Iconic Images of Early Westerns Film – the publicity shot of our Western Hero rearing up on his/her trusty Steed. Most every Star did one of these shots all the way from early Westerns right …

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto / Silver and Scout I’m sure most people think that The Lone Ranger came out of the 50’s. Wrong! The Lone Ranger started on radio back before 1933 and ran over 900 shows up until 1956. 23 years! It translated to TV from 1949 to 1957. So … my “Thrilling days of yesterday” …

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The End of an Era If there’s any one thing that separates the modern Western from Westerns of the past, it’s the loss of Romance. Nothing illustrates this loss more than the almost non-existent relationship between the modern Western Hero and his Horse/Steed. In the modern Western a horse is just a prop – a vehicle  – a necessary, but no-named beast. Slap on …

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