The Outlaw’s Daughter (Fox, 1954)

  Derringers galore   I really like The Outlaw’s Daughter for one principal reason: it’s derringer-rich. The little guns, with which, regular readers will know, I am pretty well obsessed (click here for our comprehensive and riveting article on derringers) feature heavily and you won’t believe it but there’s even a derringer duel, in which […]

The Law West of Tombstone (RKO, 1938)

  Harry Carey rides again   In a deliberate allusion to ‘the law west of the Pecos’, in RKO’s 1938 picture The Law West of Tombstone, Harry Carey plays a Judge Roy Bean-like figure, a blowhard who dispenses ‘law’ from a saloon in Arizona. The picture also contains a sort-of Lily Langtry, a Billy the […]

Fighting Blood (Biograph, 1911)

  Gripping stuff   In my recent article on American Indians in the Western (click here for that) I suggested that many of the earliest silent movies were actually quite pro-Indian, and often showed peaceful Native Americans in woodland settings. But around 1910 things began to change, and hostile Indians as a danger and a […]

Celluloid Indians: Part 2 of 2

  American Indians in the movies   We have been looking at the way American Indians were represented in Western movies (click here for Part 1 of our story), and we have suggested that their principal role would be to provide an obstacle for white settlers and soldiers to overcome, a barrier to progress, and […]

Celluloid Indians: Part 1 of 2

  The beginnings   Back in 2020 I wrote an article on this blog, American Indians and the Western, but I’d like to revise it now, having just, on reader Jean-Marie’s recommendation, finished Edward Buscombe’s informative and entertaining 2006 book, Injuns! Native Americans in the Movies.     Mr Buscombe is, you will probably know, […]

The Celluloid Alamo: 8

  The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (NBC TV, 1987)   The next Alamo film after John Wayne’s was really Viva Max in 1969, but I’m not reviewing it because (a) it isn’t a Western and (b) I haven’t seen it. The story of the making of the picture is amusing, though – so just […]

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (Buena Vista, 1967)

  Quite fun   A Disney live-action comedy Western from the late 60s, The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, based on the book By the Great Horn Spoon! by Albert Sidney Fleischman, is mildly entertaining. The most remarkable thing about it for me was that Karl Malden in it wasn’t too bad.     It was […]

The Westerns of Harry Lauter

  Familiar face   One of the most reliable Western character actors, on the big screen and small, was Harry Lauter – especially when you needed a heavy. He appeared in 52 feature films in the genre and 251 episodes of 61 different TV shows, between 1949 and 1979. Not bad!     Harry only […]

The Celluloid Alamo: 7

  The Alamo (United Artists, 1960)   The big one   Poor John Wayne. He tried so hard and invested so much in The Alamo – not just pretty well all his worldly wealth but his health, heart and soul. All his professional life he wanted to make this movie. The Alamo project was so […]

The Celluloid Alamo: 6

  The Last Command (Republic, 1955)   While Davy Crockett was all the rage, and Disney’s version of the Alamo was hitting the headlines (see The Celluloid Alamo: 5), over at Republic another picture about the heroic defense and fall of the mission was being prepared. It would turn out to be a better film […]