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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...

The Westerns of George Sherman

Longtime director/producer of some good Westerns George Sherman (left) is credited with having worked on 84 feature Westerns, as well as...

Firefly/Serenity

Space Western What is and is not a Western is the subject of endless debate but if you accept a broader definition of the genre then you...

The Westerns of Jacques Tourneur

All livelinks are internal, i.e. they will take you to other posts on this blog, unless explicitly stated. Jacques the lad The French...

The Westerns of Eli Wallach

One of the most surprising casting choices by John Sturges and Yul Brynner for The Magnificent Seven in 1960 was that of Eli Wallach to...

The Westerns of Lee Marvin

All livelinks are internal, i.e. they will take you to other posts on this blog, unless explicitly stated. Western tough-guy par...

Western novels by Frank Gruber

Better than pulp Many Western and detective novels and short stories earned the derogative term pulp fiction. Pulp has rather a bad name....

Kansas Raiders (Universal, 1950)

Jesse James rides with Quantrill Westerns in the 1940s and 50s loved the characters of Frank and Jesse James, Jesse in particular. Ever...

Quantrill

Quantrill in fact and fiction No picture of Quantrill is 100% authenticated but he may have looked like this A great deal has been...

The End of the West

The End of the West I thought it would be ironic, in a mildly amusing kind of way, to make the first post on this new Western blog a...

 

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