The blog of a Western fan, for other Western fans

“Each man has a song and this is my song.” (Leonard Cohen)

Cowboy (Columbia, 1958)

Lemmon becomes Ford Most so-called cowboy movies aren’t that. But occasionally you do get one which actually deals with cattle drovers, and Delmer Daves’s follow-up

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Jubal (Columbia, 1956)

Othello of the Plains It has to be said that part of Glenn Ford’s success in playing Jubal Troop in Jubal, his eleventh Western, and

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Broken Arrow (Fox, 1950)

An influential Western We’ve been talking about the Western career of Delmer Daves (click the link for that). Well, with his first Western as director,

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The Pinkertons

Who are those guys? Men (and occasionally women) of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency played a big part in Western movies. They played a big

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Luke Short, the gambler

A classic gambler-gunfighter of the old WestYesterday I was waxing lyrical, or waxing anyway, about Luke Short the writer, real name Frederick Glidden, 1908 –

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Luke Short, the writer

The writer of novels, short stories and screenplays Luke Short (1908 – 1975) specialized in Westerns, and very good his tales were too. I first

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Vengeance Valley

Next time you point a gun at me, shoot We are in the throes of looking at Western novels and the movies made from them,

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B-Westerns

The term B-Western seems to get people quite exercised these days. I think some folk find it rather demeaning, suggesting low quality and production values.

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Coroner Creek

The revenge Western We’ve been comparing some Western novels with their movie versions recently, for example Luke Short’s Ambush and the 1950 film of it,

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Quick on the draw

The fastest gun in the West They said my speed was next to none But my lightning draw had just begun When I heard a

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Ambush (MGM, 1950)

Seriously good Here’s a cavalry Western I like a lot, to finish our current thread. It’s a classy picture. It’s an Army v Apache story

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Ernest Haycox

One of the best of all Western writers It is clear that for most of his life Ernest Haycox (pictured left), born 1899, died 1950,

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Doc Holliday

John Henry Holliday (1851 – 1887), known in the West as Doc, lived in the shadow of his friend Wyatt Earp. If it had not

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Saloons

“Sometimes too much drink is barely enough” (Mark Twain) At one moment in the excellent 1985 Western Silverado, Paden (Kevin Kline) enters a large saloon,

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Stagecoach (UA, 1939)

“All in all, it’s been exciting, a very interesting trip. Has it not?” Since we are on the subject of famous Westerns that many people

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The lone cowboy

Randy rides alone A Man Alone, Lone Rider, Lonely Are the Brave, Lonesome Dove, Randy Rides Alone, The Lone Gun, The Lonely Man, The Lonesome

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