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Found 8 results

  1. Fury at Showdown (1957)

    Such is the plot of this excellent western that I was fortunate to watch on the Starz Western channel a few months ago. The first good thing about this movie is fans of the tv show Laramie might get a kick out watching John Smith play against type as the villainous gunslinger and he plays it up with gusto. Fury at Showdown may be a B Western but it packs a lot of punch into its running time and lives up to it's name. This movie quite possibly features the most vicious knock-down, gut-busting, fist-bruising, bloody, knuckle-duster I have ever seen in a western since Shane. At times the fight seems so realistic that I actually think the actors got into a real fist fight! This is a good one and highly recommendable. 7/10
  2. The Unforgiven (1960)

    I don't know how this one managed to fly under my radar but I just happened to catch this movie that turned out to be a very pleasant and enjoyable surprise. It's a tale of betrayal, unrequited love and tragic consequences. The Unforgiven features some fine performances that you would expect from the likes of Burt Lancaster, Lillian Gish, Audrey Hepburn, and Charles bickford. But the real surprise here is Audie Murphy. Audie manages to hold his own against that fantastic cast. Gone is the youthful visage and replaced with the mustached and sunburnt scowl of a weather beaten farm worker. I won't go into the plot but this movie is highly recommendable which also features a youthful Doug McClure and John Saxon.
  3. Kirk Douglas - The Indian Fighter (1955)

    Hi fellow western fans, my name is Steve. I'ma transplant from the soon to be defunct IMDB messageboards. I'm a huge horror movie fan but also an equally huge fan of classic western movies, especially from the 1950's. I keep a watchlist of western movies that I have not seen and so I'm always on the lookout for any of the films on my list to appear on TV or wherever. One of the those long anticipated films is Kirk Douglas' The Indian Fighter (1955). Kirk is one of my favorite Western movie actors and I hope to see all of them at some point and some of the reasons I've been wanting to see The Indian Fighter is the cast. Besides Kirk, This movie features a very solid cast, Walter Matthau, Lon Chaney Jr. Elisha Cook Jr. Ray Teal, and Hank Worden to name a few. Second, The Indian Fighter is directed by famed director André De Toth. And thirdly, with a title like The Indian Fighter, this movie is screaming "Watch me!" However, with all that said, The Indian Fighter did not live up to my expectations, which is surprising since I usually find most Kirk Douglas westerns to be very entertaining and enjoyable. That's not to say that this movie isn't worth a look which it most certainly is but I would say that it's average film at best and doesn't take advantage of all the positives I mentioned above. But to be fair to myself and to my appreciation for Kirk Douglas' career and his contribution to the western genre I will make an effort to give this film another shot and maybe see it differently. Has anyone else seen The Indian Fighter and if so, what did you think about it?
  4. Tex and the Lord of the Deep (1985)

    I found a "great" movie today on Amazon Prime for fans of cheesy movies. It is a Spaghetti Western complete with cowboys, Indians, horses, and shootouts mixed with a horror/fantasy element of evil people living in a volcano! Check it out!
  5. Decline of the Western

    Talking about improving The Magnificent Seven reminded me of some thoughts I had on the decline of the Western. Factors effecting the Decline of the Western Westerns and early cinema you could say almost say go hand in hand. 1903’s “Great Train Robbery “ was filmed while the West was still “Wild”. Harvey Logan “Kid Curry” (one of the last of the Wild Bunch) robbed his last train outside of Parachute, Colorado, in 1904. So Westerns in effect were contemporary cinema at the time they were first filmed. Even as progress spread rapidly on both coasts in the interior US West it reached only major towns and cities while isolated pockets remained off the grid for decades, even today there remain areas off the grid entirely. Most old timers I’ve interviewed concur that noticeable progress didn’t take effect until the post WWII era when tracked vehicles replaced horse and steam. (I actually knew a guy who grew up next to an "alumni" of Custer's Last Stand", his father was a teamster who drove a supply wagon in Eastern Montana). The artisans who were responsible for early Westerns lived in that contemporary twilight of the West Era. They, especially if they were born West of the Mississippi or had emigrated to the West from Europe, grew up rubbing shoulders with Native Americans, cowboys, prospectors, a hands on knowledge of how to work horses, they drove horse drawn vehicles, saw steam power, saw the last of the Transcontinental Railways (The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific RR) completed in 1909, used telegraph lines, kerosene lamps, barbed wire, saw the first motor cars, the first telephones networks, the first electric power grids. That knowledge of the West they applied to the films they made regardless of the scripts and overly melodramatic screenplays. This knowledge was passed down by those responsible for motion picture production and the companies that employed them (Thomas Edison's Manufacturing Company, American Mutoscope, Biograph Co., Republic Pictures, etc., etc.). Thomas Ince invented the studio system, he produced detailed scripts with new situations and characters for a vast number of classic westerns. Bison Company production studios (known as Inceville) purchased the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch and the Wild West Show to use their props and performers for assembly-line, mass-produced films. In the early 1910s, Francis Ford (John Ford’s older brother) was directing and starring in westerns in California for producer Ince, before joining Universal and Carl Laemmle in 1913. Time passed from the Silent Era to the Sound Era to the Color Era and so did the original knowledge and the hands on creativity learned over the years. The popularity of Westerns expanded and again evolved to television production reaching a peak in the late 1950‘s early 1960‘s. This continued until the early 1970’s. Its in the 70’s where the breakdown becomes evident in production numbers. Factors that seen to be involved would be the increasing injection of heavy handed politics into Western themes from the 1950‘s onward, public taste, the newer generations total lack of personal familiarity (or total rejection) with the culture of the past, the exposing light shown on the brutal historical record of manifest destiny, the disruption of the studio system and the stability it provided, and the loss of the handed down knowledge of how to make a Western that looks and plays like a Western when Westerns weren’t being made at the same time the old school filmmakers died off. But we are really not getting Westerns any longer Westerns as we knew them are DEAD, we are in the Neo Western Age.
  6. Marlon Brando Tribute-MIA

    today's Marlon Brando Tribute doesn't include One Eyed Jacks (1961). it seems that this movie is being ignored for little reason, since it's in the Public Domain and is free as long as TCM has a copy they can show. and it's a good movie which was directed by Brando, co-stars Karl Malden and isn't an ordinary western shoot 'em up. plus it's got some great shots of the Monterrey, Cal coast. overall, an underrated gem. now, it's not so good that TCM has to overplay it, but each time the urge to air Guys and Dolls (1955) possesses a programmer, substitute One Eyed Jacks once in a while
  7. My father-in-law's proposal to my now deceased mother-in-law was inspired by a scene in a western movie. All this time he thought it was "Cheyenne Social Club" but he recently watched it and oops, nope, that isn't it. Here is what he knows/thinks: It is a western movie he saw in the theater, probably between 1968 and 1971. The scene was set in a parlor that was 1800's looking. A suitor comes to talk to the father and asks for the daughter's hand in marriage. The following exchange happens: Father: Do you like my daughter? Suitor: I love your daughter. Father: No, I asked if you liked her. Suitor: (confused silence) Father: A year or so after you are married and the newness fades you will have a big fight. This could affect your love. You have to like each other to rebuild your love on top of that. Obviously he could have the wording slightly off but that concept was part of what he said to her when he proposed. He thought the dad was Jimmy Stewart but we've looked at other westerns he was in around that time and none of them seem right. I would really appreciate some help. He's writing the story of that proposal down and he's pretty bummed that he doesn't have a key piece of information.
  8. Your Favorite Joel McRea Western

    The Outeiders(Everything a Western Should be and more.

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