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 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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Wolf Song (Paramount, 1929)

  Coop’s first sound Western – though not really   Wolf Song, released in March 1929, dates from the period of transition between silent and

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Charles Stevens

  Indian Charlie   Charles Stevens was colorful character actor of the Western. For most of his professional life he claimed to be Geronimo’s grandson,

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The Western in the 1920s

  L’Alliance brisée: Le Western des anneés 1920 by Jean-Louis Leutrat   The Western movie certainly took enormous strides forward in the 1920s, even before

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New TV show

    Readers in the US might be interested in this e-mail I received from INSP:     Hi Jeff,   I hope you’ve been

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Western film music

  Notes from the prairie   How important music can be to a Western!   It must have been even more so in the early

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Western guides

  Weighty tomes   As part of my summer reading I have been re-perusing some hefty guides to the Western, in particular three, Brian Garfield’s

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