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 Producers

  $ and ₵   On this blog over the years we’ve done overviews of the Westerns of a good many players, both leads and

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Fred Thomson

  “The World’s Greatest Western Star”   Although it is not easy to do a career summary of a Western actor only one of whose

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Billy the Kid (MGM, 1941)

  Billy rides again   After the commercial flop (and artistic so-so quality) of Billy the Kid in 1930, which we reviewed last time, so

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Barton MacLane

  Solid heavy     Barton MacLane may be best known as the police lieutenant in The Maltese Falcon, or as a star of I

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Michael Landon

  Little Joe – but not only   Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts and Dan Blocker, whose careers we have recently been looking at on this

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Dan Blocker

  Hoss   Next stop on our current Bonanzarama is Hoss. Like all the lead actors on the show, Dan Blocker is almost entirely identified

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Pernell Roberts

  Adam Cartwright     Since we are on a Bonanza-binge at the moment, and have examined under the microscope the career of Lorne Greene

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Lorne Greene

  Pa     Lyon Chaim Green, better known to Westernistas, especially Bonanza fans, as Lorne Greene, was pretty Canadian. There were quite a few

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Cavalry Scout (Monogram, 1951)

  Monogram goes upmarket   Walter Mirisch and his brothers became hotshot Hollywood producers in the 1960s. The Mirisch Company won the Academy Award for

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Yakima Canutt

  Stuntmeister   Of all the many stuntmen whose contribution was invaluable to the Western, Yakima Canutt is probably the most famous. The amazing under-the-coach

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The Western noir

  Paint it black     What is noir?   What noir really is can be difficult to pin down. You kind of know a

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Currently trending

  Howdy, blog-pards   You might be interested to know the most popular posts on Jeff Arnold’s West at the moment:   Indians don’t attack

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Lone Star (MGM, 1952)

  Just about a Western   Most of the Westerns Clark Gable did weren’t really Westerns at all. The Call of the Wild, Boom Town,

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Taggart (Universal, 1964)

  Underrated 60s Western   Taggart is a rather overlooked Western. For example, Brian Garfield, in his fine 1980s guide Western Films, dismisses it in

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