Tag Archives: Zane Grey

Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7 continued …

27 Apr


Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7
Continued … 

 Before 1800 scientists estimate there were 60,000,000
buffalo/bison on the North American plains.

The Buffalo / Bison has been around for a long time. The cave painting (from France) above is believed to be about 10,000 years old.
The ancient hunters would never have dreamed about wiping all of them out.


Yet it only took a mere fistful of white hunters less than 50 years to slaughter the North American buffalo to near extinction.

The Buffalo Gun

And it was done deliberately.

The simple plan was to force the Natives onto the Reservations by killing off their food source.
Thus opening up the West for settlement. (Civilization?)

Bull Chief, 1908 by Edward S. Curtis

Buffalo Hunt by George Catlin

Assiniboine hunting buffalo / by Paul Kane

The Buffalo Hunt / Charles M. Russell

Nowhere to run

“I can see my house from here.”

No hide unturned

Like shooting buffalo in a barrel

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody 

Buffalo hunting still goes on today. It’s a bit controversial as you might imagine – as some ‘hunts’ amount only to shooting a Buffalo standing in a field or pasture – for a fee. There are other hunting formats however (Bow, Crossbow, period Firearms … ) and most any real hunter would insist on a greater experience. Myself, I’m against Trophy Hunting, but not conventional hunting whereby the meat would be taken and used.
Myself, I don’t hunt and I own no firearms or weapons.

Next
Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7 continued … 

Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7

24 Apr


Home on the Range  / Tom Roush


Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7 

The Thundering Herd  (1933)

He followed a trail of blazing action across the prairies!

The Thundering Herd (1933) re-released as Buffalo Stampede in 1950

The Thundering Herd – a Pre-Code Western has a rather amazing cast of Western Icons: Randolph Scott, Judith Allen, Buster Crabbe,
Noah Beery, Sr. and Harry Carey.
The film is now in the public domain and also known as Buffalo Stampede.

Buffalo Stampede (1950)

As Big … and Great as the Wide … Wild West!

Buffalo Stampede can be watched on You Tube
in watchable 480 resolution – 57:15 long.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px3Dc8txIpY

Storyline: 

Sprague (Harry Carey) and Jett (Noah Beery)and their men are buffalo hunters. Doan (Randolph Scott) is with Sprague and is looking for Jett who tried to kill him and is holding his girlfriend Milly (Judith Allen) hostage. Jett’s is also stealing Sprague’s furs. Meanwhile, Indians are attacking the buffalo hunters.


Reviews

There are very few reviews on The Thundering Herd. I watched it on You Tube and I’d give it a 6 out of 10 at best. It’s climax is unusual and not entirely satisfying in how the badguy is dispatched.
Yet the Cast is interesting and it is a Talky.

Judith Allen and Randolph Scott

Ray Hatton and Randolph Scott

Zane Grey – The Thundering Herd – 1925

Next
Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 7 continued … 

Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 6

14 Apr


Wildfire  / Michael Murphey

colt-45-barHenry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 6 

Wild Horse Mesa (1932) 

Randolph Scott and Sally Blane

colt-45-barA Review … or two

colt-45-bar

colt-45-bar

Zane Grey / possibly on a mountain lion-hunting trip with
Buffalo Jones to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1907.
– Courtesy U.S. National Park Service –

colt-45-bar
colt-45-bar

Next
Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 6

Henry Hathaway / Part 5

10 Apr


chris stapleton  / tennessee whisky

colt-45-bar
Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns 

Heritage of the Desert (1932) 

Henry Hathaway’s first film Directing solo.

Randolph Scott’s first Starring role.

Sally Blane

colt-45-bar

colt-45-bar

Next
Henry Hathaway / Part 6

John Wayne Filmography cont. Born to the West / Hell Town / Zane Grey continued …

7 Nov


The Wayward Wind / Patsy Cline

in-the-valley-of-violence-pistol-bar

The Zane Grey Dilemna

For a long time I avoided doing any posts about John Wayne (not an easy thing to do on a Western Movie Blog) because I feared John would turn into a massive and daunting project. I was right. However, I figured out a way to handle it by simply doing his Western filmography one post/movie at a time. And this has been working out pretty good. UNTIL my post on Born to the West / Helltown when I accidentally opened the gate to Zane Grey’s corral – and was immediately trampled/stampeded to death. There is more stuff on Zane Grey that tumbleweeds in Texas. But I didn’t know that.

His books have been made into movies over a hundred times going all the way back to 1911 – and continue up to the present.
That’s a ton of images, artwork, film, posters, photos, etc etc.

So I’ve been stuck – mainly because there’s conflicting information about his early movies and because some of his books have been made into movies several times.

I will attempt something anyway.

in-the-valley-of-violence-pistol-bar

Zane Grey Movies 

Fighting Blood / 1911  

fighting-blood-1911-2fighting-blood-1911-reviewFighting Blood – a B&W silent filmabout 13:42 long. Very few images survive from this movie.

in-the-valley-of-violence-pistol-bar

The Heart of Texas Ryan / 1917

the-heart-of-texas-ryan-1917

the-heart-of-texas-ryan-1917-review

the-heart-of-texas-ryan-1917-allmovie

in-the-valley-of-violence-pistol-bar

The Border Legion / 1918

the-border-legion-1918-2

the-border-legion-1918

 5 versions of The Border Legion have been filmed.
It is not known whether this silent B&W version currently survives.
the-border-legion-1918-reviewin-the-valley-of-violence-pistol-bar

The Border Legion / 1924

This version of The Border Legion is lost.
Another silent version directed by William K. Howard and starring Antonio Moreno and Helene Chadwick.

border-legion-2

border-legion-1

border-legion-3

border-legion-4 border-legion-1924-6

border-legion-1924-7

border-legion-5

in-the-valley-of-violence-pistol-bar

The Border Legion / 1930

border-legion-1930-poster

border-legion-1930-imdb-review

the-border-legion-1930-allmovie-review

Even with Jack Holt and Fay Wray, AllMovie only gives this version a 1.5 out of 5.

the-border-legion-1930-2

the-border-legion-1930-3

the-border-legion-1930-1

in-the-valley-of-violence-pistol-bar

The Border Legion / 1940

the-border-legion-1940

the-border-legion-1940-review

the-border-legion-1940-2

the-border-legion-1940-3

the-border-legion-1940-lobby-card

Roy tries his hand at poker.
(Until he starts singing I’m all in)

the-border-legion-1940-lobby-card-2

Gabby takes the stage.

I gotta tell ya that the emergence of comedy sidekicks and singing cowboys was not my favorite thing for a Western.

John Wayne Filmography cont. Born to the West / Hell Town / Part 2 / Zane Grey

31 Oct


– jeff bridges 

Mustang Bar

zane-grey-banner-2

zane-greyPearl Zane Grey
(1872 – 1939)zane-grey-2

zane-grey-3

zane-grey-5

SIx Shooter Bar

Zane Grey Trivia: (Wikipedia)

  • Grey’s novels and short stories have been adapted into 112 films, two television episodes, and a television series, Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater.
  • Pearl“? There are a few guesses at how Grey was originally named Pearl – but nothing seems conclusive. He later dropped it.
  • Had a violent upbringing – often beaten by his father – and acted likewise – often brawling as a child.
  • Grey was an avid reader of adventure stories such as Robinson Crusoe as well as dime novels featuring Buffalo Bill and “Deadwood Dick“. He also loved the the great illustrators Howard Pyle and Frederic Remington.
  • Zane wrote his first story, Jim of the Cave, when he was fifteen. His father tore it to shreds and beat him.
  • Grey attended the University of Pennsylvania on a baseball scholarship, where he studied dentistry.
  • He proved to be a poor scholar, but an excellent baseball player. He had to choose between Writing, Baseball or Dentistry, but unhappily concluded that dentistry was the practical choice.
  • Still tried his hand at baseball, but only earned a single major league game in 1903 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Moved to New York: dentist by day, writer by night.
  • Married, but was an habitual and open womanizer with many mistresses.
  • Despite many rejections and false starts, he kept on writing.
  • Finally it clicked: In 1912 published Riders of the Purple Sage his all-time best-seller, and one of the most successful Western novels of all. Six movies have been made from this book.
  • Grey became one of the first millionaire authors. Was in the top ten best-seller list nine times.
  • Zane Grey was a major force in shaping the myths of the Old West; his books and stories were adapted into other media, such as film and TV productions. He was the author of more than 90 books, some published posthumously and/or based on serials originally published in magazines. His total book sales exceed 40 million.
  • Grey wrote not only Westerns, but two hunting books, six children’s books, three baseball books, and eight fishing books (his real passion).
  • Many famous actors got their start in films based on Zane Grey books. They included Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott, William Powell, Wallace Beery, Richard Arlen, Buster Crabbe, Shirley Temple, and Fay Wray. Victor Fleming, later director of Gone with the Wind, and Henry Hathaway, who later directed True Grit, both learned their craft on Grey films.

born-to-the-west-helltown-3

Honors and awards

  • The National Park Service maintains his former home in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania as the Zane Grey Museum, a part of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River area.
  • His home in Altadena is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Zanesville, Ohio has a museum named in his honor, the National Road-Zane Grey Museum.
  • Zane Grey Terrace, a small residential street in the hillsides of Altadena, is named in his honor.
  • The Zane Grey Tourist Park Bermagui, Australia.
  • Zane Greys’” a headland at the western end of Matapaua Bay, New Zealand.
  • The Zane Grey Continuation School is located adjacent to Reseda High School in Reseda, Los Angeles, California.[citation needed]
  • Zane Grey room is located at the Sigma Nu – Beta Rho house in honor of where Zane Grey lived for part of his time at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Wilder Ranch State Park near Santa Cruz, California named the Zane Grey Trail after the author.

SIx Shooter Bar

%d bloggers like this: