The blog of a Western fan, for other Western fans

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

The Oregon Trail

Down that Oregon Trail . An open range ahead A blanket for a bed A friendly fire while lonely coyotes wail That’s life on the

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We deal in lead, friend

  Crossover The link between tough detective stories and Western novels is too strong to be a coincidence. And as Spenser always says, coincidences don’t

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Barquero (Universal, 1970)

Injecting new blood?   .The reverse-engineering that took place in the ‘spaghetti comes to Hollywood’ period of the late 60s and early 70s is interesting

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Better than a dead fish

. Better than a dead fish Reviewing yesterday Law of the 45s, a clunky but fun old 30s second feature with Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams beating ornery

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Western TV shows

Jude Harvey has contacted me from the UK and asked what boxed set of TV Western shows on DVD she should buy. She was hovering

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Cimarron (MGM, 1960)

  Western soap   I couldn’t give this remake only a one-revolver rating out of five. Every pulp Western gets one, even those trash spaghettis

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Laramie (TV)

Your gray eyes shift warily And before leaving the subject of Laramie in this blog, I feel we need an earnest discussion of the merits

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Laramie, WY

The man from Laramie He was a man with a peaceful turn of mind He was kind of sociable and friendly Friendly as any man

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A great Western museum

The Smithsonian of the West.   Almost exactly a year ago, I was touring the magnificent states of Wyoming and Montana. My pard-ess and I

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Joe Kidd (Universal, 1972)

  Bruce Surtees, Elmore Leonard, John Sturges – it’s a great combination   . Early 1900s, somewhere down on the Mexican border (“Sinola County”). Clint

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Forty Guns (Fox, 1957)

After all, she was only a woman . Forty Guns is a rather trashy 1950s black and white, directed by Samuel Fuller. Fuller is admired

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