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Posted 15 November 2015 - 03:01 PM

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The Weavers were a popular hillbilly act signed by Republic in the late 1930s. Between 1938 and 1943, they made eleven B films at the studio that were a hit with rural audiences. In one of them, a young Roy Rogers plays a supporting character. Available on Amazon Prime:

 

GRAND OLE OPRY

ARKANSAS JUDGE

 

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"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.


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Posted 13 November 2015 - 10:21 AM

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How could a horse forget several of Bill Elliott's B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:

 

CALLING WILD BILL ELLIOTT

HIDDEN VALLEY OUTLAWS

DEATH VALLEY MANHUNT

OVERLAND MAIL ROBBERY

BORDERTOWN GUN FIGHTERS

 

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"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.


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Posted 11 November 2015 - 06:01 PM

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Several of Buster Crabbe's B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:

 

BORDER BADMEN

STAGECOACH OUTLAWS

FIGHTING BILL CARSON

PRAIRIE BADMEN

LIGHTNING RAIDERS

GENTLEMEN WITH GUNS

PRAIRIE RUSTLERS

OUTLAWS OF THE PLAINS

GHOST OF THE HIDDEN VALLEY

OATH OF VENGEANCE


"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.


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Posted 10 November 2015 - 09:04 AM

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His real name was Addison Owen Jack Randall. He was sometimes billed as Addison Randall, but most often as Jack Randall. One of his westerns is available on Amazon Prime:

 

ACROSS THE PLAINS

 

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"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.


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Posted 08 November 2015 - 09:03 AM

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Some of the Buck Jones westerns that are available on Amazon Prime:

 

DOWN TEXAS WAY

GUNMAN FROM BODIE

DOWN ON THE GREAT DIVIDE


"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.


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Posted 06 November 2015 - 04:22 PM

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These Johnny Mack Brown westerns are available on Amazon Prime:

 

BRANDED A COWARD

LAWLESS LAND

BETWEEN MEN

LAW MEN

COURAGEOUS AVENGER

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"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 02:55 PM

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Two of William Boyd's westerns are available on Amazon Prime:

 

LAW OF THE PAMPAS (a Hopalong Cassidy picture)

THE PAINTED DESERT (an early talkie with Clark Gable)

 

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"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.


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Posted 04 November 2015 - 12:53 PM

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Some of Rex Allen's B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:

 

RODEO KING AND THE SENORITA

OLD OKLAHOMA PLAINS

THE ARIZONA COWBOY

IRON MOUNTAIN TRAIL

SHADOWS OF TOMBSTONE

BORDER SADDLEMATES

OLD OVERLAND TRAIL

THE LAST MUSKETEER

PHANTOM STALLION

HILLS OF OKLAHOMA

SILVER CITY BONANZA

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"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.


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Posted 03 November 2015 - 08:49 AM

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Some of Sunset Carson's B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:

 

RIO GRANDE RAIDERS

ALIAS BILLY THE KID

CODE OF THE PRAIRIE

CALL OF THE ROCKIES

SHERIFF IN CIMARRON

OREGON TRAIL

ROUGH RIDERS OF CHEYENNE

EL PASO KID

THE CHEROKEE FLASH


"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.


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Posted 02 November 2015 - 06:10 PM

 

 

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Before going on to the next cowboy star, I want to point out the 'fine print' at the bottom of the poster for RAWHIDE. It mentions Lou Gehrig. Yes, the baseball player Lou Gehrig. He costarred in this late-30s B-western. We tend to think of Gary Cooper's performance as Gehrig a few years later in THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES-- but Gehrig himself once tried his hand at 'acting' in Hollywood movies.


"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.


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Posted 31 October 2015 - 03:33 PM

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Two of Smith Ballew's B westerns are available on Amazon Prime:

 

RAWHIDE (1938)

WESTERN GOLD

 

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"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.


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Posted 30 October 2015 - 11:48 AM

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These B westerns starring Hoot Gibson are available on Amazon Prime:

 

DEATH VALLEY RANGERS

THE LAW RIDES AGAIN

ARIZONA WHIRLWIND 

SONORA STAGECOACH

OUTLAW TRAIL 


"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.


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Posted 29 October 2015 - 06:36 PM

There are quite a few unsung B-movie cowboys (and cowgirls). They deserve a bit of fanfare. So I thought I would attempt to do that here.

 

The following performers have films available for streaming on Amazon Prime:

 

HOOT GIBSON

SMITH BALLEW

SUNSET CARSON

REX ALLEN

WILLIAM BOYD

JOHNNY MACK BROWN

BUCK JONES

JACK RANDALL

BUSTER CRABBE

BILL ELLIOTT

THE WEAVER BROTHERS and ELVIRY

LASH LARUE

JOHN WAYNE (before he became an A-list star)

KEN MAYNARD

DALE EVANS and ROY ROGERS

EDDIE DEAN

MICHAEL CHAPIN and EILENE JANSSEN

BOB STEELE

ALLAN LANE

DON BARRY

TIM MCCOY

TEX RITTER

TOM TYLER

ROBERT LIVINGSTON

GENE AUTRY


"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.





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