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Buckskin Frontier (UA, 1943)

Good fun Distributor/producer Harry Sherman was involved in over seventy movies, mostly Westerns, from 1918 to 1954. My favorite was the charming Four Faces West

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Wyatt Earp (WB, 1994)

Slow, and not very compelling Wyatt Earp, released six months after the rival movie Tombstone, was an even bigger picture. At 3 hours 32 minutes

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Tombstone (Cinergi, 1993)

The best Wyatt Earp telling yet After all the years of Wyatt Earp movies that bore remarkably little resemblance to the historical truth, ones in

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Sunset (Tristar, 1988)

The Sunset of Wyatt Earp In this tale of Wyatt’s later years, before riding off into the sunset (well, actually, he rides off on a

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Doc (UA, 1971)

The anti-Wyatt By the start of the 1970s the full force of revisionism had fallen upon the Western movie. Former goodies were recast as the

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Hour of the Gun (UA, 1967)

Wyatt redux We have already reviewed the Wyatt Earp picture John Sturges directed in 1957, the hugely successful Gunfight at the OK Corral. Click the

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The Kansan (UA, 1943)

Another clean-up-the-town Earpish marshal JAW reader JG Entract left a comment on our recent post on the 40s Wyatt Earp picture Tombstone, The Town Too

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Wichita (AA, 1955)

Wyatt cleans up the town – but not Tombstone As we have seen in recent posts, by the mid-1950s the Wyatt Earp of legend was

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Apache

Of all the American Indian peoples who featured in Western films, often referred to as cowboy-and-Indian movies, the Apache were the favorites. OK, yes, Hollywood

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Richard Jaeckel

Richard Jaeckel (1926 – 1997), shortish, stocky, great bad guy, was a stalwart character actor of Western movies, from 1950 through 1973. Myself, when I

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The Beguiled (Universal, 1971)

Western meets Southern Gothic Inhabiting that shadowy territory between the genres of 70s Western and gothic horror, The Beguiled, which Clint Eastwood’s Malpaso produced for

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Dallas Stoudenmire

Down in the west Texas town of El Paso Since we are on the subject of gunmen-peace officers, here’s another one. He’ll be the last

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John Larn

Another Texas gunman We were talking recently about old West lawmen (click the link for that) who operated on both sides of the line, as

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Clay Allison

The Wolf of the Washita Clay Allison was one of the most violent gunmen of the old West. There may have been a physical, as

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CS Fly

Say cheese There were some wonderful photographers of the old West, dating right back to the birth of the art, or science as it was

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Lesley Selander

A real pro We have been looking at the Westerns of such classy directors as Delmer Daves and Anthony Mann, and other luminaries will follow,

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Warlock

Novel by Oakley Hall and Fox movie, 1959 Warlock was a Pulitzer-shortlisted novel published in 1958 which later the same year was made into a

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Lawmen

The tin star Further to the subject of law ‘n’ order in the West, we have already established that the law in the West, or

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Hanging

It’s a hangin’ matter Since we are on the subject of the law in Westerns, both juridical and, ahem, extra-legal, I thought we might look

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Judge and jury

The law west of the Pecos It’s a generalization, but the law in Westerns tends to be a peace officer: town marshal, county sheriff or

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Cimarron (MGM, 1960)

Apart from some early scenes, a bore In Anthony Mann, her survey of that director’s films, Jeanine Basinger does not include Cimarron among the Westerns.

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The Tin Star (Paramount, 1957)

The apprentice Director Anthony Mann said, “It’s quite a simple story, a lesson in apprenticeship.” And that’s about right, as experienced gunman tutors tyro sheriff,

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