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)

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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Tulsa (RKO, 1949)

  A Western? Nah.   Tulsa is often called a Western, in TV listings, guides and so on, and indeed, the first reel is Western

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A brief pause

  On vacation now, dear e-readers, so I won’t be posting for a bit but I hope you’ll tune back in towards the end of

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Ride Lonesome by Kirk Ellis

  A wonderfully good Western   We have of course reviewed the 1959 Budd Boetticher/Randolph Scott Western Ride Lonesome on this blog, along with the

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Big Kill (Archstone, 2019)

  Mediocre-to-fair   Big Kill is a Western written and directed by and also co-starring Scott Martin. It’s a good-looking picture, shot in handsome New

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Massacre (Fox, 1956)

  The ending was a bit different anyway   Last time on this blog we reviewed a 1954 Lippert Western starring Dane Clark, Thunder Pass.

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1923 (Paramount +, 2022)

  A big-budget romance   Like 1883, the Western series we reviewed recently (click the link for that), 1923 is another spin-off of the popular

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Cormac McCarthy

  I was saddened to hear of the death of Cormac McCarthy, in my view one of America’s greatest ever writers. According to his publishers,

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Conagher (TNT, 1991)

  Sam Elliott’s favorite role   I think you have to give credit to Turner for some of the made-for-television pictures produced in the 1990s.

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Rough Riders (TNT, 1997)

  Pretty well done   As Jeff Shaara, author of the enjoyable The Old Lion: A Novel of Theodore Roosevelt, says in a conversation with

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