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Classic Westerns

Time to talk about the classic westerns of Hollywood! From the silents to when the genre peaked.

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Underrated Western Directors

Started by M.T. Fisher Aug 17, 2018. 0 Replies

John Sturges comes to mind.  Delmar Daves is another. Thoughts?Continue

Westerns With Songs

Started by M.T. Fisher. Last reply by precodejim Oct 24, 2012. 33 Replies

What are some of your favorite songs from a western? They can be over the credits, or in the film itself.Continue

Silverado (1985) D: Lawrence Kasdan

Started by M.T. Fisher. Last reply by M.T. Fisher Jun 15, 2011. 4 Replies

Kevin Kline(Paden), Scott Glenn (Emmett), Kevin Costner (Jake), Danny Glover (Mal Johnson), Rosanna Arquette (Hannah), Brian Dennehy (Cobb), Linda Hunt (Stella)             “Y’know, hangin’ around…Continue

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Comment by M.T. Fisher on December 6, 2016 at 6:33pm

You see Harry Carey, Sr. assisted Ireland after he's been shot. I think Ireland's still on his feet, isn't he?

Comment by Michael B. Druxman on November 20, 2015 at 3:41pm

According to a biography of Howard Hawks that I recently read, there was a legal problem with the end of the film and the producers were forced to adjust it.

Also, in case you were wondering, John Ireland was not killed by Wayne in that final shoot out.  There was a scene filmed in a bar that had Ireland with his arm in a sling, but that scene was cut.

Comment by Kenneth Walker on November 20, 2015 at 3:36pm

I agree with the review that Gary wrote about Red River, [one of my fav Wayne films] to a point. The finale ,in my opinion, was a cop out. With that much hatred on Waynes part, I feel that neither he nor Clift would settle for Dru stepping in, much less istopping the fight. In fact I was a bit surprised to see Hawks, usually a hard as nails director  allowing this to happen.While not allowing a fight to the death, I feel a fight such as in the movie Pittsburg between Wayne and Randolph Scott to be more satisfying. Again,this is my opinion only.

Comment by Gary Gamage on November 20, 2015 at 1:35pm

"Red River" with John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan, Joanne Dru, with John Ireland - sits at the top of my concept of classic westerns. The performances were unavoidably strong, The story-line built a spine that never bowed, and the dialogue was without a single lazy word added to it (Borden Chase and Clarles Schnee).

It's a great human saga - in the truest sense of that description - and it stands tall as strongly as its first showing 67 years ago.

Wayne was unaccustomed to playing unchecked menace, but he gave that aspect a chilling face and far broader strength as Tom Dunson. Clift added perfectly balanced and sympathetic counter-opposition to Wayne's Dunson.

Brennen's character became a kind of traveling companion-observer to the unrolling danger of threatening events. Dru is independently winning as a passionately committed follower of Clift and Wayne and their fateful odyssey.

These fine players, with the sharp-minded energetic inspiration of Howard Hawks, pulled off the masterpiece western of all westerns. 

Comment by Kenneth Walker on March 27, 2015 at 8:06pm

Typical RKO quickie. No better or worse than many of the RKO oaters of the period. [imho]

Comment by Michael B. Druxman on March 27, 2015 at 4:19pm

Yesterday, I watched BEST OF THE BADMEN with Robert Ryan, Claire Trevor and Robert Preston.  I'd never seen it before, and I never want to see it again.

Actually, the color was great.

Comment by Kristine Sader on April 2, 2014 at 6:42pm

Wondering if anyone can identify this movie, or the actors. I believe it is Carson City, but I am not sure. My great-Uncle Clyde Hudkins is in the back. Thanks for any help.

Comment by M.T. Fisher on March 31, 2014 at 8:32am

Watching 'Centennial' right now.  Great miniseries.  Robert Conrad said that was the one role he wants to be remembered by.

Comment by Paco Malo on March 30, 2014 at 9:31am

I saw the 1988 director's cut, with the sublime Bob Dylan soundtrack, last week. Peckinpah nails it once the MGM editors leave this fine film alone. 

Comment by Roger L. Schoolcraft on March 30, 2014 at 9:13am

Awhile back, I bought a set of the complete Hopalong Cassidy series and finally got around to watching the first episode last night.  I just read the first episodes were actually edited down versions of Hoppy films.  Two different companies actually released the Hoppy series, Shout Factory and Infinity.  I chose the Infinity set because it also came with 10 regular Hoppy films.  With what I had before I have all or most of the original Hoppy films.  Infinity also released a Wyatt Earp set but then unfortunately went out of business.


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