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John Larn

Another Texas gunman We were talking recently about old West lawmen (click the link for that) who operated on both sides of the line, as...

Clay Allison

The Wolf of the Washita Clay Allison was one of the most violent gunmen of the old West. There may have been a physical, as well as...

CS Fly

Say cheese There were some wonderful photographers of the old West, dating right back to the birth of the art, or science as it was...

Lesley Selander

A real pro We have been looking at the Westerns of such classy directors as Delmer Daves and Anthony Mann, and other luminaries will...

Warlock

Novel by Oakley Hall and Fox movie, 1959 Warlock was a Pulitzer-shortlisted novel published in 1958 which later the same year was made...

Lawmen

The tin star Further to the subject of law ‘n’ order in the West, we have already established that the law in the West, or in Westerns...

Hanging

It’s a hangin’ matter Since we are on the subject of the law in Westerns, both juridical and, ahem, extra-legal, I thought we might look...

Judge Roy Bean in fact and fiction

Colorful rogue After our post on scurrilous judges in Western movies, and they are legion, I thought we’d take a look at perhaps the most...

Judge and jury

The law west of the Pecos It’s a generalization, but the law in Westerns tends to be a peace officer: town marshal, county sheriff or US...

The Grey Fox (Mercury Pictures, 1982)

A really nice little ‘North-Western’ Ezra Allen Miner, known as Bill Miner and by a number of aliases, was born in Michigan about 1847,...

Cimarron (MGM, 1960)

Apart from some early scenes, a bore In Anthony Mann, her survey of that director’s films, Jeanine Basinger does not include Cimarron...

Man of the West (UA, 1958)

Mann of the West Man of the West, shot in February 1958 and premièred in September of that year, has an unusually ‘generic’ title for...

The Tin Star (Paramount, 1957)

The apprentice Director Anthony Mann said, “It’s quite a simple story, a lesson in apprenticeship.” And that’s about right, as...

The Last Frontier (Columbia, 1955)

A weaker Anthony Mann Western (A revision of my earlier post on this movie as a result of another viewing) Without Anthony Mann as...

Night Passage (Universal, 1957)

Disappointing A 1950s James Stewart Western at Universal written by Borden Chase, produced by Aaron Rosenberg, shot by William H Daniels,...

The Man from Laramie (Columbia, 1955)

Danger was this man's specialty After The Far Country, Anthony Mann and James Stewart again took a Western break, and made Strategic Air...

The Far Country (Universal, 1954)

Classic Mann/Stewart The Far Country was the fourth Anthony Mann/James Stewart Western, and back at Universal – The Naked Spur having...

The Naked Spur (MGM, 1953)

Corrupting greed In 1953 audiences were treated to Part 3 of the Anthony Mann/James Stewart Western cycle, and The Naked Spur was so...

Bend of the River (Universal, 1952)

Turning-point By 1952, two years on from Winchester ‘73, Universal’s Anthony Mann/James Stewart collaboration (I nearly said franchise)...

 

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