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Will Penny (Paramount, 1968)

A fine Western   Howdy again, e-pards. The revamped Jeff Arnold’s West is finally available. If you tap in jeffarnoldswest.com you should come upon the

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Godless (Netflix, 2017)

A proper Western   Back in 2017 when it came out, I reviewed a Netflix Western, Godless, on my old blog, and was complimentary about

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Little Big Man (NGP, 1970)

Dangerous territory, pards… We got the occasional quite negative portrayal of Custer in the 1950s and 60s. Douglas Kennedy’s Custer in Sitting Bull (1954), for

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Small-screen Custer

Next After big-screen appearances in the 1960s in The Great Sioux Massacre, The Plainsman and Custer of the West, click links for our reviews, George

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Sitting Bull (UA, 1954)

Dale’s the goody, Custer the baddy A mid-50s pro-Indian picture starring a pre-Wells Fargo Dale Robertson, Sitting Bull gives us a semi-revisionist portrayal of Little

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Talkie Custers

He speaks The first talkie Custer to appear was in an RKO serial, The Last Frontier (1932), starring Lon Chaney Jr, as Tom Kirby, aka

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Custerology

Your turn, Autie Which painting, or its reproduction anyway, has been viewed, commented on and discussed heatedly by more people in the US than any

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Jesse James: the myth

All-American hero In his excellent 2002 biography Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War, TJ Stiles gives his last chapter, in which he describes

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Two late Jesses

There are just a couple more Jesse James movies to review (until another comes along). It won’t take long, because they were both pretty poor.

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Jesse James in TV movies

Made-for-TV Jesse We’ve looked at Jesse James on the big screen and Jesse on the small one. But in addition to appearances on various Western

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Jesse James on TV

Jesse now rides across the small screen As we have seen, the Missouri outlaw Jesse James, sometimes with and sometimes without his brother Frank, appeared

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Low-budget Jesse James

Jesse in the 1950s Jesse James remained through the 1950s, or at least until 1957, in the realm of the low-budget Western. Universal’s mid-budget Kansas

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Chisum (Warner Bros, 1970)

How a cattle baron won the Lincoln County War In 1965 John Wayne was recovering from quite drastic cancer surgery. The Western-loving public was holding

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The Outlaw (UA, 1943)

The worst ever Billy the Kid film While MGM was making Billy the Kid, in late 1940 and early 1941, another crew was putting together

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