Jeff Arnold’s West

The blog of a Western fan, for other Western fans

“Each man has a song and this is my song.” (Leonard Cohen)

The celluloid Alamo: 2

  (With) Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo (Sunset Productions/Aywon Film, 1926)   Today, I offer you the second in our series on

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The Wind (MGM, 1928)

  Blow the wind northerly   Following on with our current theme of the hardships of the life of women on the frontier – see,

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Cars in Westerns

  Horseless   Movie titles with livelinks will take you to our reviews of those pictures.   The Western movie is usually set in a

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Cattle

  Git ‘em up! Move ‘em out!   Movie titles with livelinks can be clicked on to go to our reviews of those pictures.  

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Bounty hunters

  Wanted: Dead or Alive   The whole notion of allowing or even encouraging people who are not sworn officers of the law to apprehend

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The Captivity Narrative

  Taken by Indians   The so-called captivity narrative, a story about a person of one tribe or race or religion taken and held by

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Review of Stay and Die

  Blowing my own trumpet again   I crave your indulgence dear e-reader, for another mention of my recent novel Stay and Die. But I

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Marston three-barrel

  Pretty nifty   I followed up Jean-Marie’s comment on Helena’s three-barrel pistol in the 2013 The Lone Ranger. You know me and derringers.  

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Glory (Columbia, 1989)

  Interesting story though not a very good film   Although it is not a Western, I watched Glory on Netflix the other day. It’s

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The Wagon-Train Western

  Wagons roll!   I have been prompted by reading Kim Newman’s book Wild West Movies (review of that when I have finished it) to

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Even farther West

  Then what?   Today’s little essay concerns an aspect of the Western which I have noticed and maybe you have too. It kind of

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Surrounded (MGM, 2023)

  New Western   Surrounded is a beautiful-looking film, shot in New Mexico (that wonderful pink light) by Max Goldman, better known for rock videos

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WESTERN BOOKS

  Reading the West     On Jeff Arnold’s West we have reviewed or discussed various Western books – mostly biographies, novels, history and film

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Walk Tall (Fox, 1960)

  Pretty darn good   By 1960, the B-Western, in the sense of a one-hour second feature, was all but dead, but producer/director Maury Dexter,

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Wind River (Lionsgate, 2017)

  Winter Wyoming   We’ve reviewed some of Taylor Sheridan’s Western or semi-Western films on this blog, the likes of 1883 and 1923. Wind River

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Draw! (HBO, 1984)

  Kirk’s last Western   Draw! was Kirk Douglas’s last Western. It was a TV movie made by Douglas’s own Bryna Productions (named for his

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Hats

  Another old post I have revised!   Hats off to the Stetson   There are three main ways to distinguish a cowboy: his horse,

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