Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Go West, Young Film Buff


I love Westerns: movies, TV shows, books, and music scores. And in my effort to become more "Cowboy Friendly", I want to discuss more Western films here at HD. And while I'm quite familiar with 1950s-70s Western movies, there are several from Hollywood's Golden Age that I'd love to see. This also includes the Western serials where John Wayne toiled until he finall achieved super stardom in 1939's Stagecoach. I think that catching up with 1930s and 1940s Oaters will keep me busy for awhile. Part of my inspiration comes from British Blogger/working actor/author and Western lover extraordinaire, Gary Dobbs, whose Tainted Archive site is a great read and frequently updated. Check out his work there.

9 comments:

  1. Oooh, can't wait! Like you, I'm quite familiar with 1950s-70s Westerns, but less so with the older ones, particularly before 1940. I'm really looking forward to reading about what you watch!

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  2. As much as I love classic films, Westerns are genre that I have always neglected. Of course, I've seen most of the critically praised films, but I haven't really ventured into this area beyond that. I look forward to your posts!

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  3. I too am unfimiliar with Westerns. At the mooment they don't interestme too much, but I'm sure I will start watching them soon.
    I hear that the western collection in the $5 dvd section features some early John Wayne pictures.

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  4. If you have not seen the Ford/Hawks films from the late ‘40’s ( Red River, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, Fort Apache and 3 Godfathers) ,you should definitely check those out. “Angel and the Badman” has your girl Gail Russell in it and is decent. “Dark Command” is a good one. “The Spoilers”, with Marlene Dietrich and Randolph Scott, is not really a western, it takes place during the Alaska gold rush but has western traits, is good. When you get into the 1930’s, I have only seen a few and from what I saw there are no classics (of course, I am excluding Stagecoach). “Randy Rides Alone”, “Haunted Gold” and “Blue Steel” are the only ones I’ve seen. Have fun with it, you may discover a gem or two.

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  5. There are enough westerns that aren't the typical "duel in the street/cowboys and Indians"-style fare; certainly enough to pull the unsuspecting westerns hater! The genre has enough sub-categories within its self: Noir western, comedy western, modern western, rodeo western, pioneer western, Civil War western...etc. There are many, many to choose from, and believe me, you'll find something in it to like. I'd never dismiss an entire genre, especially if a beloved performer or director is involved.

    John: Gail Patrick is "my girl", though Gail Russell was a looker, too. Tragic story, hers.

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  6. Sorry about that. Got those "Gail" girls mixed up.

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  7. As one western fan to another I have to suggest Winds Of The Wasteland (1936). It isn't really a classic, but it is a very entertaining pre-40's John Wayne film. There's some wonderful humor about a skunk in it, too.

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  8. Dear Art,
    I saw a western 8 years ago in Arizona that never has left my mind. Can you identify it? Boy sees his family slaughtered before him at home...he hides. He goes then to the hill on his property, and as a boy is shooting at bottles...then the scene changes. He is now a tall, slender man...and he is with the pistol, like Jimi Hendrix on the Guitar. When he thinks of the man that killed his family, the man dressed in black, an image appears over his head. It is now time to go into town and find the man in black. He enters into a small shop...I think it is??? I don't know, but there is a scuffle in there...he just straightens it out, no violence, no fists, just smooth & easy. The woman there notices him, and does say there is this man like he is looking for. Now the man (good-guy) looks like this…Randolph Scott or Chuck Connors (rifleman)...but there is a straight, no-nonsense, all business, not a tough guy, just a guy that knows what he wants...not much talking. He meets up in the middle of town with the "man in black"...who is laughing at him...the draw...my guy only shoots the 'man in black' in the hand...the woman is so pleased she takes him away… not too much damage done...it is in black & white...it is not 'Death Rides A Horse'.
    A girl I met from Switzerland says that it is a German film of Carl May.......I have never been able to find even the name.....can you name the film???????? Please!!!!!!! fredschmidt@mail.com

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