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)

Cavalry Scout (Monogram, 1951)

  Monogram goes upmarket   Walter Mirisch and his brothers became hotshot Hollywood producers in the 1960s. The Mirisch Company won the Academy Award for

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Yakima Canutt

  Stuntmeister   Of all the many stuntmen whose contribution was invaluable to the Western, Yakima Canutt is probably the most famous. The amazing under-the-coach

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The Western noir

  Paint it black     What is noir?   What noir really is can be difficult to pin down. You kind of know a

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Currently trending

  Howdy, blog-pards   You might be interested to know the most popular posts on Jeff Arnold’s West at the moment:   Indians don’t attack

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Lone Star (MGM, 1952)

  Just about a Western   Most of the Westerns Clark Gable did weren’t really Westerns at all. The Call of the Wild, Boom Town,

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Taggart (Universal, 1964)

  Underrated 60s Western   Taggart is a rather overlooked Western. For example, Brian Garfield, in his fine 1980s guide Western Films, dismisses it in

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Westerns in color

  Flesh tones     It is sometimes said that The Wizard of Oz was the first color film. It wasn’t, of course. Early ‘pre-cinematographic’

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INDEX   Film titles that begin with numbers, like 3 Godfathers, 4 for Texas or 5 Card Stud, are listed in numerical order at the

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Bandolero! (Fox, 1968)

  Mediocre     Bandolero! (you always feel producers or studios added the exclamation points to titles when the movies were lackluster in an attempt

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