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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...

The Return of Frank James (Fox, 1940)

Jesse James on the screen 3: Frank's back Fox’s first ‘adult’ Western for years, Jesse James in 1939 (which we reviewed the other day –...

Jesse James (Fox, 1939)

Jesse James on the screen 2: The talkies I find it quite curious that after the (now lost) silent Paramount Jesse James of 1927, with...

Jesse James on the screen

The American Robin Hood He stole from the rich and he gave to the poor, He'd a hand and a heart and a brain. The Ballad of Jesse James...

The lone cowboy

Randy rides alone A Man Alone, Lone Rider, Lonely Are the Brave, Lonesome Dove, Randy Rides Alone, The Lone Gun, The Lonely Man, The...

Indians don’t attack at night

Or do they? Every Western-lover knows that besieged whites are not in danger once darkness falls, for Indians do not attack at night. But...

Rio Grande (Republic, 1950)

The Rio Grande as 38th Parallel The success of John Ford’s two cavalry Westerns at RKO, Fort Apache (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon...

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (RKO, 1949)

Ford at his majestic best. John Ford and his partner Meriam Cooper wanted to recoup the fortunes of their company Argosy Productions...

Fort Apache (RKO, 1948)

A key work of mythography Today I thought we might pass, as you could say, from the ridiculous to the sublime. We have been looking on...

For a Few Dollars More (1965)

The best of the three Spaghetti buffs reckon this second part of the Dollars threesome to be the best of Leone’s work. Even as a non-fan...

 

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