Jeff Arnold’s West

The blog of a Western fan, for other Western fans

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The Comancheros (Fox, 1961)

. . Formulaic 60s Wayne Western . . Big Fox budget; Michael Curtiz to direct; beefy, muscular theme by Elmer Bernstein; large panoramic Utah locations,

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The Sharps rifle

 . . The Sharps . . Quigley at 1000 yards . The Sharps is the long-range rifle of the Western. Think of Bob Valdez, high

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Barbary Coast (UA, 1935)

. A fun Hollywood melodrama . . Only a semi-Western, really, being more a gangster film set in gold-rush California than a proper oater, Barbary

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Ramrod (UA, 1947)

. . Superb Western noir . . “Life is a betrayal. Let’s have the guts to admit it.”  André De Toth . . André De

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Western Union (Fox, 1941)

. . A cracking good Western . . Randolph Scott followed up his appearance in Fox’s major big-budget color Jesse James in 1939 with the same

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Stagecoach (Fox, 1966)

. No worse than some other Westerns of 1966, I guess . It was always going to be risky remaking Stagecoach. Remaking any very famous Western,

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The Nevadan (Columbia, 1950)

. A little gripper . . Westerns starring Randolph Scott and produced by his partnership with Harry Joe Brown were often excellent, tight little grippers

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Kirk Douglas

. The Westerns of Kirk Douglas ? . Early life   И́сер Даниело́вич, or Issur Danielovitch, aka Kirk Douglas, born in 1916 and so now

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William Holden

. The Westerns of William Holden . . William Holden (1918 – 1981) was a very big star. He won an Oscar and was nominated

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The Revengers (NGP, 1972)

. . The Dirty Half-Dozen . . Ernest Borgnine (replacing Van Heflin on his death) and William Holden were reunited in a Western three years

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Arizona (Columbia, 1940)

. Excellent . . Arizona is a delightful Western. It was scheduled as a big picture about ‘Manifest Destiny’ empire-building to rival the Oscar-winning giant

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Branded (Paramount, 1950)

. Branded (Paramount, 1950) . . Branded was the Western directorial debut of cinematographer Rudolph Maté, who went on to direct a good number of

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Alan Ladd

. . The Western career of Alan Ladd . . Alan Ladd (1913 – 1964) was very well known as a Western star, notably of

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Jack Elam

. The Western career of Jack Elam . . . . Everyone loves Jack Elam. One–Reel Jack, so called because he was so often shot

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