Open Range … the Firearms – Part 3

Open Range … the Firearms – Part 3.

 

Part 3 of Guns and the 20 minute climactic Open Range gunfight.

Very well done.

Burl Ives … Larger than Life …

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.” 

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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

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.

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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)

William Wyler … Director of Champions …

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.

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Burl Ives – ‘The Big Country’ 1958

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.”

Wyler’s Western Filmography (Partial)

People laugh at these old Westerns 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 Appaloosa … parting shots …

Et tu Brando …

Screenshots: The Appaloosa 

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The Appaloosa – Brando
“Amigos, Gringos, Compadres …“
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The Appaloosa – Brando
“This was the noblest Gringo of them all.”
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The Appaloosa – Brando
“To be, or not to be … “
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The Appaloosa – Brando
“Whether ’tis nobler in the mind …”

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The Appaloosa – Brando
“Alas, poor Pedro! I knew him … “

“I have decided to tell the story of my life as best I can, so that my children can separate the truth from the myths that others have created about me, as myths are created about everyone swept up in the turbulent and distorting maelstrom of celebrity in our culture.” ― Marlon BrandoSongs My Mother Taught Me

 

The Appaloosa Grande … Amigos …

3 Amigos

Don’t be fooled by their smiles …

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The Appaloosa – 3 amigos
John Saxon, Emilio Fernandez, Alex Montoya

… these are not your friends.

Nothing frames the face like a sombrero …
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The Appaloosa – Emilio Fernandez
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The Appaloosa – Brando

“There’s a line in the picture where he snarls, ‘Nobody tells me what to do.’ That’s exactly how I’ve felt all my life.”
Marlon Brando
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/marlon_brando.html#5a8E93hCQ888oQ4c.99

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The Appaloosa – John Saxon
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The Appaloosa – John Saxon

“There certainly have been a lot of changes, although they come in such gradations that most people have either forgotten, or, if they’re too young, they never knew about them in the first place.”
– John Saxon
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/john_saxon.html#zdllIyCM3o8rPKck.99

The Appaloosa - Alex Montoya
The Appaloosa – Alex Montoya
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The Appaloosa – Alex Montoya
The Appaloosa - Emilio Fernandez
The Appaloosa – Emilio Fernandez

Robert Duvall …

“When I knew nothing, I thought I could do anything.”
Robert Duvall

Robert Duvall - Open Range
Robert Duvall – Open Range

Lonesome Dove / Open Range / Broken Trail / True Grit / Joe Kidd / Lawman /
The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid

Kevin Costner – Producer / Director / Actor …

Kevin Costner and Modern West – “Intense”

Open Range - Kevin Costner
Open Range – Kevin Costner

“I haven’t lived a perfect life. I have regrets. But that’s from a lifetime of taking chances, making decisions, and trying not to be frozen. The only thing that I can do with my regrets is understand them.” 
– Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner Western Filmography

Silverado (1985) / Dances With Wolves (1990) / Wyatt Earp (1994) /
Open Range (2003)

Kevin Costner – Producer / Director / Actor …

Kevin Costner and Modern West – “Intense”

Open Range - Kevin Costner
Open Range – Kevin Costner

“I haven’t lived a perfect life. I have regrets. But that’s from a lifetime of taking chances, making decisions, and trying not to be frozen. The only thing that I can do with my regrets is understand them.” 
– Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner Western Filmography

Silverado (1985) / Dances With Wolves (1990) / Wyatt Earp (1994) /
Open Range (2003)

Open Range – Bronze Wrangler Award Winner 2003

Open Range
Winner of the Bronze Wrangler Award 2003

Open Range - Bronze Wrangler Award 2003
Open Range – Bronze Wrangler Award 2003

The Bronze Wrangler is an award presented annually by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to honor the top works in Western music, film, television and literature.

The awards were first presented in 1961. The Wrangler is a bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback, and is designed by artist John Free.

The awards program also recognizes inductees into the prestigious Hall of Great Westerners and the Hall of Great Western Performers as well as the recipient of the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award, named in honor of the Museum’s founder.

Bronze Wrangler Award
Bronze Wrangler Award

Previous Winners of the Bronze Wrangler Award

1961 The Alamo /1962 The Comancheros /1963 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance /1964 How the West Was Won /1965 Cheyenne Autumn /1966 The Sons of Katie Elder /1967 Appaloosa /1968 The War Wagon /1969 Will Penny / 1970 True Grit / 1971 A Man Called Horse / 1972 The Cowboys / 1974  The New Land / 1976 Bite the Bullet /1981 Heartland / 1984 Never Cry Wolf  / 1989 Young Guns / 1991 Dances With Wolves / 1992  Thousand Pieces of Gold / 1993 Unforgiven / 1994 Geronimo: An American Legend / 1995 Legends of The Fall / 1999 Hi-Lo Country /2003 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron /2004 Open Range / 2006 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada / 2007 Truce / 2008 3:10 to Yuma / 2009 Appaloosa / 2011 True Grit / 2012 Yellow Rock …

Past individual winners have included Owen Wister, William S. Hart, Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard, Tim McCoy, Harry Carey, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Rex Allen, John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Richard Widmark, James Stewart, Buck Taylor, Howard R. Lamar, Ben Johnson, Pernell Roberts, and Tom Selleck …

(MFW: lots of worthy films and folks on those lists. Surprised to see Never Cry Wolf (1984) on there though – not really a Western (IMO) – but a great movie to be sure. (I have a couple of ‘suspect’ inclusions on my own lists so I can’t say much). However in researching 1984 I find it truly was a bad year for Westerns. BUT one film that was made in 1984 (that I have never seen) was Draw with Kirk Douglas and James Coburn. It’s listed as a TV Movie, but you’d figure that anything with Douglas and Coburn would automatically be pretty good. ?? I’ll have to check that out.)

Celebrating ‘Open Range’ …

No place to run.  No reason to hide.

Open Range Soundtrack

Open Range poster
Open Range poster
Open Range Title Banner
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Open Range / Trailer

 

Starting my Open Range page …

The Appaloosa …

 A Breed of Renown …

Appaloosa - Wikipedia

Strangely, in The Appaloosa we don’t get to see the Appaloosa pony all that much – the movie is not really about the horse. But I still wish they had shown him more.  Truly a beautiful animal.
The pony in the movie was named Rojo.

Cojo Rojo

Curiously enough, the recent film Appaloosa (2008) starring Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen also has nothing to do with a horse either. One wonders if the title isn’t a nod to The Appaloosa.

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Brando with the Appaloosa – alas, one of the few good images in the movie.

The history of the Appaloosa Horse breed is much too involved to put here, but the Nez Perce Indians were responsible for the North American breed.

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Nez Perce Indians with Appaloosa / 1895
 

The Appaloosa (1966) …

The Appaloosa (1966) 

When you do a search on Google for ‘Western Movies of 1966′ here is what you will likely find:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Professionals, Nevada Smith, El Dorado,
Alvarez Kelly, Duel at Diablo, The Shooting, Navajo Joe,
… and a few others …

A few Western Classics mixed in with a few clunkers. But, all in all, a pretty impressive year for Westerns.

Yet on most of these lists there is one glaring omission:
The Appaloosa.
Why?

The Appaloosa a a good Western. It is well directed by Sydney J. Furie and has excellent Cinematography, and it has Brando and Saxon.
It also contains one of the most famous and powerful scenes in Western Film:
The famous scorpion arm wrestling scene with the between Saxon and Brando.

The Appaloosa - 1966
The Appaloosa – 1966

I am at a loss to figure out why this movie seems to have been so overlooked? Was there a big ‘hate on’ for Brando at the time?
Or was it a case of merely being overshadowed by two of the Greatest Western Classics of All Time: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and The Professionals?
???

I hope to see it eventually take it’s rightful place.

Updating … My Darling Clementine …

Thot I’d trot back and fill in a bit on some of My pages. John Ford’s classic My Darling Clementine has been undated. Not all content is new, but I hope to add some fresh materials as able.

Quite a few of My pages need some work also. Such as,
The Last of the Mohicans.

Much to do …

Fonda
Fonda
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Fonda
Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan

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The Missouri Breaks … Death in the wind …

Death in the wind …
Nickolson
Nicholson

Blood on the mind …

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Nicholson

Vengeance in the Heart …

Nicholson

Vengeance.

Not all it’s cracked up to be?

The Missouri Breaks - Confirmed ...

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The Missouri Breaks – Gardening in Montana

The Missouri Breaks:
The Hazards of Gardening. 

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Nicholson encounters an unwelcome garden pest

IMDB Trivia:
During the entire production Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando
were only on the set on the same day just one time,
despite their multiple scenes together.

This would account for the fact that it’s almost impossible to find
shots of them within the same frame.

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Brando … Regulating

IMDB Trivia:
Marlon Brando’s performance was mostly improvised. Arthur Penn eventually gave up on him and decided to just let him act
whatever way he wanted.

Brando unprofessional behavior became the stuff
of movie legend. But he didn’t seem to care.
How profoundly this affected his career is hard to say?

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Brando … Ruminating.
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Brando … killing cabbage.

IMDB Trivia:
Jack Nicholson also didn’t like the fact that Marlon Brando used cue cards while filming. In their scenes together, Nicholson broke his concentration every time Brando shifted his gaze to the cue card behind the cameraman.

 “I’d like almost anythin better ‘n bein burnt up.”

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The Missouri Breaks – Brando …

IMDB Trivia
Brando
agreed to accept $1 million for five weeks work
plus 11.3% of gross receipts in excess of $10 million.

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Nicholson … If looks could kill.

– IMDB Trivia
Nicholson
agreed $1.25 million for ten weeks work,
plus 10% of the gross receipts in excess of $12.5 million.

In 1976 that was good loot.
Hell I’d go for that right now.
And retire.

 

The Missouri Breaks … 1976

The Missouri Breaks (1976)

Updated

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Brando and Nicholson

Reviews/Ratings:

MISSOURI BREAKS IMDB Review

MyFavoriteWesterns.com

DVD Savant:
Movie: Very Good: “Even with its stellar teaming of Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson, The Missouri Breaks was a big-bust movie in 1976 … Almost 30 years later, The Missouri Breaks plays a lot better … That ending is still a head-scratcher but most of the rest of the movie is a Western lover’s delight, with excellent and often hilarious dialogue between sad sack horse thief Nicholson and his pack of misfit rustlers. If anyone lets the film down, it’s Brando … “

Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
User Reviews: 4 out of 5
“The Missouri Breaks
 (1976) is not your usual Western. In fact, it’s not your usual anything. The words most commonly used in reviews at the time of its release were “bizarre” and “odd” and it must have equally confused audiences expecting something quite different from the inspired teaming of Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson. But seen today, the film’s peculiar mixture of Western cliches, black comedy, quirky romance and revenge drama makes for a decidedly offbeat entertainment.”

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Death in the wind …

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