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Bugles in the Afternoon by Ernest Haycox

A fine Western novel My edition of Bugles in the Afternoon (University of Oklahoma Press, 2003) has a foreword by Richard Etulain and an...

Stage to Lordsburg by Ernest Haycox

A great Western Last time we were looking at the career of the fine Western writer Ernest Haycox (click the link for that). Probably...

Ernest Haycox

One of the best of all Western writers It is clear that for most of his life Ernest Haycox (pictured left), born 1899, died 1950,...

Frontier Marshal (Fox, 1939)

The real beginning of the cinematic mythic Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday Our last post was on Doc Holliday (click the link for that), and...

Doc Holliday

John Henry Holliday (1851 – 1887), known in the West as Doc, lived in the shadow of his friend Wyatt Earp. If it had not been for Earp,...

Two Butch and Sundance prequels

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (Fox, 1979) Such was the enormity of Fox’s 1969 box-office hit Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid...

Blackthorn (Magnolia Pictures, 2011)

Butch Cassidy lives! Of course Butch Cassidy, about whom we were talking the other day (click the link for that), didn’t die in that...

Saloons

“Sometimes too much drink is barely enough” (Mark Twain) At one moment in the excellent 1985 Western Silverado, Paden (Kevin Kline)...

Wagon Master (RKO, 1950)

Folksy charm, poetic beauty Before leaving John Ford for a bit (we’ll be back on him for sure) I want to say a word about one more of his...

The Searchers (Warner Bros, 1956)

One of the greats You may argue whether John Ford's The Searchers is the greatest Western of them all. Western buffs, certainly, will...

My Darling Clementine (Fox, 1946)

Print the legend We’ve been looking lately on this blog at some of the truly great Westerns. We’ve reviewed superb ones such as...

Red River (United Artists, 1948)

Hawks's Western masterwork Red River was the only Western in which Howard Hawks matched the artistry of John Ford. It is a mighty film,...

The Colt Buntline Special

Wyatt's Colt We were talking the other day about the ubiquity of the Colt .45 in Westerns (click the link for that). Well, one of the...

Stagecoach (UA, 1939)

"All in all, it's been exciting, a very interesting trip. Has it not?" Since we are on the subject of famous Westerns that many people...

Shane (Paramount, 1953)

'The' Western Many regard Shane as a monumental film and talk of it in the same breath as High Noon or The Searchers, for example, as one...

The heroes and their horses

Ride ‘im, cowboy! A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty "Hi-yo Silver" - the Lone Ranger! Yup, horses were...

I Shot Jesse James (Lippert, 1949)

Jesse James on the screen 7: Samuel Fuller We’ve been looking recently at portrayals on the screen of Jesse James in the 1940s. The...

 

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