Jeff Arnold’s West

The blog of a Western fan, for other Western fans

Review of the Year, 2017


That was the year that was


Happy New Year, e-pards. Time to look back briefly over 2017.
There were 150 posts, the majority, as usual, reviews of Western movies but also not a few Western books.



The most popular post was The Westerns of Henry, Fonda which is interesting. Of course Fonda was a great Western actor.
Second, surprisingly perhaps (because it’s hardly a Western at all and isn’t really very good either) was the Robert Taylor picture Many Rivers to Cross. Three other Bob Taylor movies also featured in the top twenty: Saddle the Wind (No. 10), Bob Taylor’s first Western Stand Up and Fight (No. 12) and Return of the Gunfighter, his last, was 4th, no less, beating even Roy Rogers – still, My Pal Trigger  came even higher than My Darling Clementine, showing the eternal popularity of Roy (and Trigger).
But John Ford’s work featured largely among the most read essays of the year. Sergeant Rutledge came third, followed by My Darling Clementine (Fonda again) at No. 6, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (8th), The Searchers (11th), Cheyenne Autumn (15th) and 3 Godfathers (17th). No sign of Fort Apache, surprisingly. The Westerns of John Ford was the seventh most read post of the year.
Other slightly surprising entries were the weak Brian Keith Western The Raiders, at No. 9, the weakish Jeff Chandler picture The Jayhawkers! at No. 13 and the Ray Milland clunker Copper Canyon at No. 14. Not the world’s greatest Westerns but there seems to have been interest in them. The dreary Chuka was, amazingly, sixteenth.



The most popular books were Twelve Peers by Max Brabd, the source novel of all those Destry movies, at 18, and A Texas Cowboy, the memoirs of Charlie Siringo, at 19.
The 20th most popular read was the essay on the hats. Quite right too, very important.



Of course, the earlier in the year an article was posted, the longer people have had time to find it. Otherwise June’s post on The Westerns of John Wayne and December’s on Randolph Scott would probably have been up there.



I find it interesting, anyway.



As to where readers live, the USA comes top by far, unsurprisingly, with 61% of the readership. France comes next, with 8%. I live in France and post from there so perhaps that’s why, though it’s also true that the French love their Westerns. 7.7% of readers are from the UK.



The most popular month of the year was March, with 14,496 hits. There were an average of 11,000 hits a month.



There you go, an update.



I hope you come back often as 2018 progresses, to read the pearls of wisdom (hem hem).









6 Responses

  1. Hi Jeff
    Happy New Year! I really enjoyed reading your reviews. Especially the one about Randolph Scott. Great piece!! One of the greatest actors. I love his oneliner 'Am I?'
    Thanks. Keep on writing!
    Best wishes

  2. Howdy. To end the year, I recieved a gift from my wife, a pocket watch from Dobe Carey's estate. Made in 1870, the open face, key wind, has the same sentiment as Capt. Brittles in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON, except it's addressed to Lt. Pennell. The family has no clue who gave it to him. His daughter was there when I got it. Nice lady
    Tom Foolery
    SASS 2348

    1. What a wonderful gift. So that part in Yellow Ribbon was based on fact. Fascinating.
      Thanks for your comment.

  3. Not really saying that. I don't know the time line of events reguarding the watch. The watch does show some slight wear, but the ink is still in the engraving. I don't think they "inked" engraving back then. Still investigating where it could of come from.

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