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The Virginian (Paramount, 1929)

The best version Following our recent posts on this blog on the novel The Virginian by Owen Wister, and the first two silent movie...

The Virginian (Jesse L Lasky, 1914)

A seminal Western movie Owen Wister’s great Western novel The Virginian, which we reviewed the other day (click the link for that) was...

The Virginian by Owen Wister

When you call me that, smile! It is said that Owen Wister (1860 – 1938) heard a deputy sheriff in Wyoming address that remark to a man...

Red Mountain (Paramount, 1951)

Decent enough Earlier this year I was writing about the Confederate guerrilla leader Quantrill and how he has been portrayed on screen...

The Squaw Man (Jesse L Lasky, 1914)

The early days of the Western Even the title these days leaves a slightly sour taste in the mouth, the word squaw having lost any shred...

The Plainsman (Paramount, 1936)

Historical hooey but great spectacle – a DeMille Western, in fact Paramount bucked the trend a bit in the mid-1930s. After the Depression...

The Westerns of Cecil B DeMille

Hollywood bigwig Cecil B DeMille was in many ways the Hollywood director. It was he who introduced the notion of the all-powerful...

The Professionals (Columbia, 1966)

A 60s actioner with good plot twists As we have recently been looking at the Westerns of Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster, I thought we...

The Westerns of Burt Lancaster

A real talent for the genre As well as being a very ‘physical’ actor, and a versatile one who was not afraid to genre-hop, Burt Lancaster...

How the West Was Won (MGM, 1962)

Huge but weak Since we are on a bit of a Spencer Tracy kick at the moment I thought we might have a look at his final contribution to our...

The Westerns of Spencer Tracy

Stetson and six-gun weren't really for him Spencer Tracy, left, star of the likes of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Judgment at Nuremberg...

The Mountain Men (Columbia, 1980)

A pretty picture but pretty boring We were saying the other day (click here for that post) that surprisingly, perhaps, for a macho...

The Westerns of Charlton Heston

Not the brightest Western star in the Hollywood firmament You might think that an all-American gun-loving macho guy like Charlton Heston...

The Westerns of Gordon Douglas

A worthy contributor to our genre Gordon Douglas (left) was one of those directors who made a number of bread-and-butter pictures of no...

The Westerns of Anthony Quinn

The mighty Quinn The Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn was a great, larger-than-life Rabelaisian figure who tended to dominate the...

 

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