My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Hey Folks,  I just got this message from Matthew Holmes, Director of The Legend of Ben Hall:  Hello!!! I’m the director of ‘The Legend of Ben Hall’, and I wanted to let you know that I’ve launched a campaign to make a ‘Director’s Cut’ that will restore over 60 minutes of delete scenes back into …

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Filmmaking is not all glory Comment excerpt from the film makers: “The Legend of Ben Hall’ was a 100% indie film. We made the film for less than $1million. Most people working on it were first timers, busting their ass to get a break in the film industry. A film like this would normally cost …

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Whiskey in the Jar / Krisenka Finley A nice country interpretation. These are the last of guns I’m going to profile from The Legend of Ben Hall. There are others, but this particular firearm called the Tranter Revolving Rifle This seems to be a very rare gun. In fact, it was hard to find any …

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Whiskey in the Jar / The Seekers The legendary Aussie Folk Group does the Honors. Cap and Ball Revolvers Ben (Jack Martin) with his .38 calibre Tranter revolver and a .36 calibre Colt Navy. Don’t know how Ben acquired this. It likely wasn’t borrowed. Let’s make some Bullets Ingredients: Lead; bullet moulds; fire. Method: Melt the lead. Pour …

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Whisky in the Jar / The Brothers Four Many versions of the great folk song. This one is good. Guns Westerns have guns. Lotsa guns. In fact, along with horses, it’s questionable whether it’s really a Western if it doesn’t have guns in it. Or even worth watching. Yet I don’t often profile Guns in the …

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Stunning Soundtrack by Ronnie Minder. Haunting and powerful. There’s lots of posters for The Legend of Ben Hall. But I discovered that some are made by fans. If so, they’re damn good. I’m certain there’s no intention at deception. They just liked the movie. I’ve created more than a few images myself for other Westerns that …

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The irony of Ben Hall is that he seems to have been a decent chap. Not a thug. Through misfortune he became a Bushranger. Jack Martin was perfectly cast for the role of Ben Hall. Next: The Legend of Ben Hall / Part 3

I’ve been trying to get hold of this movie for months. Back in May I did a post called “6 New Westerns” and did a small preview of each. The Legend of Ben Hall was not new however – it had come out in 2016, but I hadn’t heard of it before. My gut feeling was …

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Tom Dooley / David Summerford A Fair Hanging.  Every year a fistful of new Westerns try to sneak past me. Some succeed. Some are so bad they outta gallop past me at high speed. Yet there’s others that don’t get a fair hanging. And to Western Fans – like me – I figure they’re worth a …

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