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The Power of the Dog (Netflix, 2021)

A brief pause from railroad Westerns to review a Netflix film released yesterday. Dismal failure The phrase dismal failure is often used...

Denver & Rio Grande (Paramount, 1952)

Seriously good One of my favorite railroad Westerns of all came, like Union Pacific, which we reviewed the other day (click link for...

Union Pacific (Paramount, 1939)

The railroad as a nation-building enterprise After our posts on the significance of railroads and stagecoaches in the West and in...

Stagecoaches

Oh, the Deadwood Stage is a-rollin' on over the plains Livelinks are internal, i.e. they’ll take you to other reviews on this blog. As a...

Railroads

Lay them rails Ever since The Great Train Robbery of 1903, considered by many to be the first Western movie, railroads have played a key...

Farewell, George Armstrong

And there we’ll leave George Armstrong Custer. I think we’re all Custered out. There were a couple more big-screen appearances he made....

Class of ’61 (ABC TV, 1993)

Not bad. But not very good either. The next screen Custer was a certain Joshua Lucas. He played the young West Point cadet in the pilot...

Son of the Morning Star (ABC TV, 1991)

Worthy Son of the Morning Star was a two-part TV mini-series screened by ABC in February 1991. It is said to be a dramatization of Evan S...

The Harder They Fall (Netflix, 2021)

Black is back A brief pause from the Custer thread. Autie’ll be back. In Season 3, Episode 2 of the TV show Justified, US Marshal Art...

Little Big Man, the book

Little Big Man (1964) & The Return of Little Big Man (1999) by Thomas Berger Like many people, I suspect, I saw the 1970 movie Little Big...

Little Big Man (NGP, 1970)

Dangerous territory, pards... We got the occasional quite negative portrayal of Custer in the 1950s and 60s. Douglas Kennedy’s Custer in...

Small-screen Custer

Next After big-screen appearances in the 1960s in The Great Sioux Massacre, The Plainsman and Custer of the West, click links for our...

The Plainsman (Universal, 1966)

Don takes Coop's part 1966 was a bit of a year for Western remakes. A version of Stagecoach and another remake of Smoky would come out in...

Chief Crazy Horse (Universal, 1955)

A Mature Crazy Horse You might expect a mid-50s Universal movie about Crazy Horse to center on Little Bighorn but in fact Custer didn’t...

Sitting Bull (UA, 1954)

Dale's the goody, Custer the baddy A mid-50s pro-Indian picture starring a pre-Wells Fargo Dale Robertson, Sitting Bull gives us a...

 

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