Archive for the ‘Cowboys’ Category

Rifle v. Chair.

In Cowboy Code, Cowboys, Films! on July 28, 2019 at 10:05 pm

– Gunfighters of Abilene, 1960

At last! Wyatt Earp doc is here!

In Cowboys, Films! on June 10, 2019 at 1:48 pm

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Product Placement in The Hunting Party, 1971, #2

In Cowboys, Films! on July 23, 2016 at 12:10 am

— Oliver Reed, Gene Hackman, and Candice Bergman as a woman falling in love with her rapist.  Yuck!

FYI, as a kid, the trailer for this film gave me nightmares….

Product Placement in The Hunting Party, 1971

In Cowboys, Films! on July 22, 2016 at 11:40 pm

— The Hunting Party — Oliver Reed, Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen and lots of rape.

As Fun As Silverado Is….

In Cowboys, Films! on July 11, 2016 at 10:37 pm


Soooooo 1985.

5 Great Westerns (plus Bonus)

In Cowboys, Films! on June 21, 2016 at 9:57 pm

My top 10 list would be pretty familiar, so I am working on my top 20.  These 5 would be in there for sure.  Plus a bonus for you wonderful people.


The Tin Star

Anthony Perkins & Henry Fonda and one of the BEST bad guys ever (you want to just slap him) Neville Brand!  Directed by the Anthony Mann — you are going to see more of him on this list.

THE TALL T, 1957

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As a young man, Randolph Scott personified the classic cowboy hero — handsome, good, uncomplicated — but in his later years he made a bunch of great films with Budd Boetticher that took the Western hero to another level.  Two great villains here — Richard Boone in a nuanced role, and Henry Silva as a satisfying psycho.   Story by Elmore Leonard!



The snow-bound setting is just one of the reversals of the genre in this film.  Robert Ryan as the hero and Burl Ives as the villain is another.  Anton De Toth is the director!  And Philip Yordan wrote this (plus Johnny Guitar!) and another film on this list.



There’s a well known character in many Westerns — the tired gunfighter who wants to hang up his guns but finds himself trapped by his reputation.  This is one of the best!



Anthony Mann directs again.  Philip Yordan is again the writer.  Like Randolph Scott did with Budd Boetticher in recasting himself as a different kind of Western hero, so did James Stewart in several great films with Anthony Mann.  Winchester ’73, Naked Spur, The Far Country (and Man of the West with Gary Cooper) are all awesome, but this is my favorite.  Probably because of the bad guys.  And how mean Stewart gets when he is angry.


The episode “Time to Kill” of TV series THE TALL MAN, 1960


Clu Gulager!! You can read what I wrote about the series and this brilliant episode here. (FYI, written before I worked with the man.  I have even more respect for him now.)

Thanks for indulging me with this list, Dear Reader.



with Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson

In Cowboys, Films! on May 6, 2016 at 10:46 pm

— Winchester ’73

Aqua Velva!

In Cowboys on January 24, 2016 at 7:48 pm


H8ful 8 has me thinking Tall T

In Cowboys on January 17, 2016 at 10:04 pm


His Only John Ford Film

In Cowboys, Films! on December 10, 2015 at 8:46 pm

— Walter Brennan in My Darling Clementine, 1946