Tag Archives: The Big Country

Peck … Iconic Images

29 Mar

Gregory Peck
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“I’m not a do-gooder. It embarrassed me to be classified as a humanitarian. I simply take part in activities that I believe in.”

Charlton Heston Bio – Western Hall of Fame

27 Feb

Charlton Heston Bio – Western Hall of Fame.

Charlton Heston – Inducted My Favorite Westerns Western Hall of Fame

Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston Bio – Western Hall of Fame

27 Feb
Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston

Heston … Part 2 … Western Filmography

23 Feb
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The Savage -1952
Susan Morrow / Heston

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Arrowhead – 1953

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The Pony Express – 1953

Far Horizons

Far Horizons – 1955
Donna Reed / Heston

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Three Violent People – 1956

The BIg Country

The BIg Country – 1958

Major Dundee 1965

Major Dundee 1965

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Will Penny – 1968

The Last Hard Men

The Last Hard Men – 1976

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The Mountain Men – 1980


Tombstone – 1993

Burl Ives … Larger than Life …

13 Feb

Burl Ives original recording of Ghost Riders in the Sky – It was written on June 5, 1948 by Stan Jones.

Troubadour / Actor / Activist /
 Philanthropist / Mason …

Widipedia: Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American actor, writer and folk music singer. As an actor, Ives’s work included comedies, dramas, and voice work in theater, television, and motion pictures. Music critic John Rockwell said, “Ives’s voice … had the sheen and finesse of opera without its latter-day Puccinian vulgarities and without the pretensions of operatic ritual. It was genteel in expressive impact without being genteel in social conformity. And it moved people.” 

The BIg Country - Burl Ives

The BIg Country – Burl Ives

Warfaring Stranger - Autobiography Burl Ives

Warfaring Stranger – Autobiography Burl Ives

Golden Boot Award

Winner 1986: The Golden Boot Awards – http://goldenbootawards.com/home.html
given to honor actors, actresses, and crew members who have made significant contributions to the genre of Western television and movies.

Burl Ives / A sketch

  • Movies: Ives made 30+ movie over 40 years, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (with Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor)
  • Music: Famed American poet Carl Sandburg called Ives “the mightiest ballad singer of this or any other century”
  • Ives is said to have learned Scottish, English and Irish ballads from his tobacco chewing grandmother.
  • Recognized as an important anthologist and editor of folk music, Ives is regarded by some to be the most important folk artist of all time and played along side such folk legends Pete Seeger, Josh White and Woody Guthrie. 
  • Ives recorded more that 100 albums.
  • Appearing on Broadway in “The Boys From Syracuse” (1938), “This Is the Army” (1942) and “Sing Out Sweet Land” (1944), among other productions.
  • Worked with Rogers and Hart
  • Appeared on Broadway and in films such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and East of Eden.
  • Ives was one of many entertainers who got caught up in McCarthyism’s communist witch hunt in the late 40:

1950s: Communist blacklisting – Wikipedia:
Ives was identified in the 1950 pamphlet Red Channels and blacklisted as an entertainer with supposed Communist ties. In 1952 he cooperated with the House Committee on Unamerican Activities (HUAC) and agreed to testify. He stated that he was not a member of the Communist Party, but that he had attended various union meetings with fellow folk singer Pete Seeger simply to stay in touch with working folk. He stated: “You know who my friends are; you will have to ask them if they are Communists.”

Ives’s statement to the HUAC ended his blacklisting, allowing him to continue acting in movies. But it also led to a bitter rift between Ives and many folk singers, including Seeger, who accused Ives of betraying them and the cause of cultural and political freedom in order to save his own career. Ives countered by saying he had simply stated what he had always believed. Forty-one years later, Ives reunited with Seeger during a benefit concert in New York City. They sang “Blue Tail Fly” together.

Ives history and contribution to music in particular, is so comprehensive it’s almost insulting – and impossible – to encapsulate it him any way. Please refer to these bios for greater information:
Wikipedia: http://www.amazon.com/wiki/Burl_Ives/ref=ntt_at_bio_wiki
IMBD Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0412322/
Oldies.com: http://www.oldies.com/artist-biography/Burl-Ives.html

The Big Country / William Wyler

12 Feb

The Big Country.

Director William Wyler has the distinction of having directed more actors to Oscar-nominated performances than any
other director in history: thirty-six.
Out of these nominees, fourteen went on to win Oscars.

The Big Country Banner

The Big Country Banner

Burl Ives - The Big Country

Burl Ives – ‘The Big Country’ 1958

Wyler: Academy Award for Best Direction three times
Ben HurThe Best Years of Our Lives, and Mrs. Miniver

William Wyler - The Big Country

William Wyler – The Big Country

“I made over forty Westerns. I used to lie awake nights trying to think up new ways of getting on and off a horse.”

Western Filmography (Partial)

People laugh at these old Westerns now – from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s – but that’s where we came from – and where Wyler paid his dues – and went on to become one of the most celebrated Directors in Movie history.

Friendly Persuasion (1956 – Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire) / The Westerner Starring (1940 – Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan) / The Storm (1930) Written by John Huston / Hell’s Heroes (Charles Bickford)1929 / Thunder Riders (1928) / The Border Cavalier (1927) / Daze of the West (1927) / The Horse Trader (1927) / The Square Shooter (1927) / The Phantom Outlaw (1927) / Gun Justice (1927) / The Home Trail (1927) / The Ore Raiders (1927) / The Lone Star (1927) / Hard Fists (1927) / The Haunted Homestead (1927) / Galloping Justice (1927) / Shooting Straight (1927) / Blazing Days (1927) / The Silent Partner (1927) / Tenderfoot Courage (1927) / Kelcy Gets His Man (1927) / The Two Fister (1927) / The Stolen Ranch (1926) / The Pinnacle Rider (1926) / Lazy Lightning (1926) / Martin of the Mounted (1926) / The Gunless Bad Man (1926) / Stolen Ranch (1926) / The Crook Buster (1925)

The Big Country … big enough for everyone … ?

10 Feb

“Why ain’t you dead? You let ’em run my cows off
and you come back standing up!”

The Big Country Trailer

Rotten Tomatoes Review: 100% !!!

The Big Country Rotton Tomatoes Reviewhttp://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/big_country/


The Big Country Posters

The Big Country Posters

“You don’t shoot an unarmed man… not while I’m around.”

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