My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

“The West was a place where the improbable happened every day.” – Louis L’Amour I’ve always contended that most Movie Stars want to be in a Western at some point in their career. But for many – especially European Actors – such a dream seemed far fetched. Impossible. THEN… in the mid 60’s an incredible …

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The lyrics to Farnon’s theme were surprisingly written by British Carry On star Jim Dale and while being rather ‘Tin Pan Alley’ they hopefully don’t detract from Farnon’s excellent score. Sean Connery made one Western: Shalako (1968) Adapted from the novel by the great Western writer Louis L’Amour, Shalako was part of the Spaghetti Western …

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Celebrating Woody Strode Westerns A Western Film career spanning 35 years.

Above: Image from Once Upon a Time in the West Above: Image from The Professionals  “If you’re a nice guy, you can walk into a room anywhere in the world.” – Woody Strode

Woodrow Wilson Woolwine “Woody” Strode (July 25, 1914 – December 31, 1994) was a decathlete and football star who went on to become a pioneering African American film actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Spartacus in 1960. He served in the US Army during World War II. (Wikipedia) Woody Strode Westerns Sergeant Rutledge (1960) …

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The Professionals didn’t seem to indulge in a lot of marketing promotion. Possibly (credibly) relying on it’s AllStar cast to carry it. But some of marketing images are still a bit of a head scratcher. Like this: This DVD cover/poster headlines “Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Jack Palance and Ralph Bellamy“. But … ? the image …

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The Professionals … Three 1966 Academy Award Nominations: Best Director: Richard Brooks Best Adapted Screenplay: Richard Brooks Best Cinematography: Conrad Hall The film won two Motion Picture Magazine Laurel Awards in 1967, for Best Action Drama and Best Action Performance for Lee Marvin. In Germany, it was one of only four movies to receive a Golden Screen award (the others were Doctor Zhivago, Merveilleuse …

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“Maybe there’s only one revolution, since the beginning, the good guys against the bad guys. Question is, who are the good guys?” – Burt Lancaster / The Professionals  The Professionals …  Truly. Lee Marvin moves into full blown stardom – becoming a legitimate box office titan – in one of the greatest Westerns ever made …

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Trailer <iframe width=”640″ height=”360″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/bN0onE09-8c?feature=player_detailpage&#8221; frameborder=”0″> Reviews It’s often interesting to read reviews from when the time the film was originally released – and see how they bear up as to how the film is presently regarded. Several movies that are now regarded as Classics were savagely ripped …

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