Marvin Western Filmography … Hangman’s Knot 1952

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Lee marvin  / Hangman’s Knot  / 1952
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Randolph Scott – Lee Marvin – Hangman’s Knot / 1952

Trailer:

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Hangman’s Knot posters / 1952

Lee is 5th on the Bill

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Lee Marvin – Hangman’s Knot

Monte Walsh … a real maverick …

Monte-Walsh Theme – Mama Cass / John Barry

“Nobody gets to be a cowboy forever.”
– Jack Palance

Monte Walsh ... Yee Haw !

Monte Walsh
Monte Walsh

Monte Walsh … a real maverick

MFW: Monte Walsh seemed to get decent promotion – lots of excellent posters –  and boasts a stellar cast … yet somehow seemed to slip under the fence.
But I believe this is one Western that will age well and eventually earn it’s rightful place at the bar.

Monte Walsh / Rotten Tomatoes
Monte Walsh / Rotten Tomatoes

MFW: “100%” from critcs and “57%” from viewers ??
That’s a pretty large canyon.
But I liked it.

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Monte Walsh poster 2
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Monte Walsh poster 3
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Monte Walsh poster 5
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marvin – palance

“When we get through… you’re gonna want to take a nap, sit on the porch and wait for the mares to come callin’.”

Lee …

Lee Marvin … Wandering Star 

Bad Guys of Western Film … cont’d …

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Marvin  … Lee
Marvin ... Lee
Marvin … Lee

“I’ve had the simple pleasure of being present when the sun was shining and the rain was falling.
I’ve had mine, and nobody can take it away from me.”

The Lone Ranger Creed

The Lone Ranger Theme / William Tell Overture /  Gioachino Rossini

The Lone Ranger Creed
The Lone Ranger Creed

The Lone Ranger: “Only you, Tonto, know I’m alive. To the world, I’ll be buried here beside my brother and my friends… forever.”

Tonto: “You are alone now. Last man. You are lone ranger.”

The Lone Ranger: “Yes, Tonto, I am… the Lone Ranger.”

Award Recipient: Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness

Tom Mix … Western Icon

Dear Friends / Folks / Western Fans !

Time to toot my horn a bit.

I am the proud recipient of the:

Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness

http://teepee12.com/2013/04/14/epically-awesome-award-of-epic-awesomeness-twice/

Amazing !

But as I said, with exceptional subject matter like The Lone Ranger and Tonto, how could I fail?

In truth, this is about the 5th Award that kind Bloggers have sent my way, but I’ve been callously negligent in posting and responding to these expressions of valued appreciation. I hope to rectify this in the near future and post all these kind awards I’ve received.

In compliance with one condition of the Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness I am to post 10 epic and/or awesome facts about myself.

I will therefore just re-post my comment from Serendipity Blog.
http://teepee12.com/2013/04/14/epically-awesome-award-of-epic-awesomeness-twice/#comment-13834

“10 epic and/or awesome facts about myself ???
Ah shucks … I can only think of none.
I’ll have a couple of jiggers and make some stuff up.

1. i didn’t graduate from high school. True.
i don’t figure I wuz stoopid. just disinterested.
2. My Dad, myself and my 3 older brothers were all in the Calgary Highlanders.
My Dad fought in the war. The rest of us just fought each other.
3. I have been ‘out of the body’ on several occasions.
Mostly on purpose.
4. I held a broad jump record that lasted 14 years.
5. As a 15-year-old grocery clerk I once gave a customer (who said he was looking for “butterfly nuts”), a box of mothballs. (Hes’ still laughing)
6. I don’t own any guns.
Or a horse.
7. I was once saved from getting hit by a car by an invisible hand that pushed me back onto the curb. I believe in spiritual guardians.
8. i was never sure I was on the right planet. Is this Naboo?
9. I quit drinking, smoking, and drugs.
God I’m bored. (Just kidding … about being bored)
10. I’ve had seven partners.
This last one – Rose – is a keeper.

OK .. Part One of my Duties of Compliance have been completed.

Part Two is Give it to 10 bloggers you think are awesome and/or epic – or both. 

Well … being a reclusive Cowboy, I can’t rightly think of 10 offhand, but I’ll just start sending them out till the dust settles.

Have a good one.

Tonto … Jay Silverheels

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Jay Silverheels / Canadian Mohawk
Jay Silverheels achieved his greatest fame as the The Lone Ranger’s friend, Tonto. Being irreplaceable as the Lone Ranger’s best friend he subsequently also appeared in films, The Lone Ranger (1956) as well as in The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958). – Wikipedia

Jay Silverheels - Tonto

Silverheels began working in motion pictures as an extra and stunt man in 1937. During the early years of his screen career, he was billed variously as Harold Smith or Harry Smith, and appeared in low-budget features, westerns, and serials. He adopted his screen name from the nickname he had had as a speedy lacrosse player. From the late 1940s he played in more prestigious pictures, including Captain from Castile starring Tyrone Power, I Am an American (1944), Key Largo with Humphrey Bogart (1948), Lust for Gold with Glenn Ford (1949), Broken Arrow (1950) with James StewartWar Arrow (1953) with Maureen O’HaraJeff Chandler and Noah Beery, Jr., Drums Across the River (1954), Walk the Proud Land (1956) with Audie Murphy and Anne BancroftAlias Jesse James (1959) with Bob Hope, and Indian Paint (1964) with Johnny Crawford. He made a brief appearance in True Grit (1969) as a condemned criminal about to be executed. He played a substantial role as John Crow in Santee (1973), starring Glenn Ford. One of his last roles was a wise white-haired chief in The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973). – Wikepedia

Sam Shepard To Star In Discovery Channel’s ‘Klondike’ Miniseries …

Sam Shepard replaces Chris Cooper in Alberta-shot miniseries Klondike

Sam Shepard replaces Chris Cooper in Alberta-shot miniseries Klondike

One week after Oscar-winning actor Chris Cooper departed the Alberta-shot miniseries Klondike, actor Sam Shepard has stepped in to fill his boots.

Deadline Hollywood reported today that the Oscar-nominated Shepard, who is also a renowned playwright, will take over the role of Father Judge for the series, which is the Discovery Channel’s first scripted project. Production started last week in various locations west of Calgary, including an area near Spray Lakes.

Cooper announced last week that he could not play the role due to a personal matter. Klondike is based on Charlotte Gray’s novel Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike and tells the tale of six strangers in a small frontier town of Klondike in the 1890s. The cast also includes Abbie Cornish, Tim Roth and Game of Thrones Richard Madden.

Shepard earned an Oscar nomination for playing pilot Chuck  Yeager in the 1983 film The Right Stuff. He is perhaps best known as a playwright, having penned classics such as True West, Fool for Love, Curse of the Starving Class and Buried Child. This is not the first time he has filmed in Alberta. He starred in Terrence Malick’s 1978 film Days of Heaven and 2007′s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

http://blogs.calgaryherald.com/2013/04/04/sam-shepard-replaces-chris-cooper-in-alberta-shot-miniseries-klondike/

 

Dead Westerns … ???

Periodically we hear the phrase ‘The Western is dead”.

Not so.

How could it be with all us Western fans out here?

Fact is, there are Westerns being made all the time. But most of them are minor in nature – not boasting major Stars – and often go directly to video. Many are still worthy of a look and some are actually very good. They just don’t get mainstream exposure and distribution. Yet every year there are several we can look out for.

In Theatre’s on May 3 comes 

Dead Man’s Burden

Trailer: http://www.deadmansburden.com/

Gregory Peck … Western Star

Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck

“You have to dream, you have to have a vision, and you have to set a goal for yourself that might even scare you a little because sometimes that seems far beyond your reach.”

Gregory Peck Bio
Gregory Peck Awards

Gregory Peck Awards

Peck was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning once. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird.
In 1968 he received the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Peck also received many Golden Globe awards. He won in 1947 for The Yearling, in 1963 for To Kill a Mockingbird, and in 1999 for the TV mini series Moby Dick.
He was nominated in 1978 for The Boys from Brazil.
He received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1969, and was given the Henrietta Award in 1951 and 1955 for World Film Favorite – Male.
In 1969 US President Lyndon Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
In 1971 the Screen Actors Guild presented Peck with the SAG Life Achievement Award.
In 1989 the American Film Institute gave Peck the AFI Life Achievement Award.
He received the Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema in 1996.
In 1986 Peck was honored alongside actress Gene Tierney with the first Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival Spain for their body of work.
In 1987, Peck was awarded the George Eastman Award, given by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film.
In 1993, Peck was awarded with an Honorary Golden Bear at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival.
In 1998 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
In 2000 Peck was made a Doctor of Letters by the National University of Ireland.
He was a founding patron of the University College Dublin School of Film, where he persuaded Martin Scorsese to become an honorary patron.
Peck was also chairman of the American Cancer Society for a short time.
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Gregory Peck has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6100 Hollywood Blvd.
On April 28, 2011, a ceremony was held in Beverly Hills, California celebrating the first day of issue of a U.S. postage stamp commemorating Peck. The stamp is the 17th commemorative stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series.

Gregory Peck

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Gregory Peck stamp
‘Stamp of Approval’

“There’s some things a man has to prove to himself alone… not to anyone else.”
Gregory Peck / The Big Country

Gregory Peck Star

Gregory Peck … Impeccable

Folks …

Sorry I haven’t posted much lately … my plate is a bit full right now.

But I am working on a Bio for Gregory Peck … trying to round up a few good images.
 … some screenshots.

Hope  to have something up in a couple of days.

Have a great Spring !

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Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
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Gregory Peck

Kirk Douglas … Westerns Filmography

Kirk Douglas as

along the great divide
1951 – with Walter Brennan and Virginia Mayo – Kirk’s first Western – he was 35 years old.
The BIg Trees
1952 – Acted for free, in order to break up his contract with Warner Bros.
The Big Sky
1952 – Directed by Howard Hawkes – nominated for two Academy Awards
Man Without a Star
1955 – Rotten Tomatoes says Kirk “shines in the hyper-macho role …”
Jack Elam appears as a treacherous gunslinger.
The Indian Fighter 3
Rated at IMDB (Internet Movie Database) as “6.4” out of 10.
I rate Elsa Martinelli as a 10 out of 10.
Gunfight at the OK Corral
1957 – Directed by John Sturges
Considered by many to be one the top Western Classics of all time – including myself.
Last Train to Gun Hill
1959 – An under-rated and worthy follow-up to Gunfight at OK Corral
The Devil's Disciples
1959 – Written by Bernard Shaw
Lawrence Olivier – Kirk Douglas – Burt Lancaster
The Last Sunset
1961 – Directed by Robert Aldrich (Vera Cruz)
who never knew how to make an ordinary movie.
Lonely are the Brave
1962 – A Classic – and unusual Western
Kirk was nominated for a 1963 BAFTA Award as “Best Foreign Actor”.
The Way West
1961 – Three great actors
plus Sally Field in her first major film role
The War Wagon
– 1967 –
Douglas: “Mine hit the ground first”
Wayne: “Mine was taller.”
There was a Crooked Man
1970 – Also starring Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith, Warren Oates …
Never hide your loot in a rattlesnake pit …
A Gunfight
Two men who have paid their dues …
Posse
Douglas plays an ambitious politician … Dern plays himself.
The Villain
A comedy … what else could it be with Arnold as a cowboy?
The Man from Snowy River
A jewel in Kirk’s crown
Should have been nominated for Supporting role(s)
DRAW !
1984 – Two great actors – Westerns or otherwise – shining in their sunset