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  1. Have to chime in expressing my pleasure over The Rifleman's appearance. I know I hurt my grades during the mid 50s-mid 60s tuning in my western favorites religiously until Ma said, "Too much television!" I ran the gamut and didn't miss many of my favorites. But much of what I learned/admired about fatherhood and parenting was modeled on The Rifleman series. Besides, I'm a collector of Winchesters so that's a bonus. I won't miss The Big Valley's departure. Those characters are just too pretty and dust-free for me. Gene Barry seemed tailor-made for the Bat Masterson role but other than Gunsmoke, westerns set in town never became favorites.
  2. Lonely are the Brave torgues my jaw watching Douglas cruelly forcing his saddle horse into the finale. Can't stand it or him in this role. Having been in and close to ranching families in most areas of the western U. S., I found Hud to be pretty authentic, especially the generation gap and conflicting values it portrayed.
  3. I have several copies of Roughshod, starring Robert Sterling, Gloria Grahame, Myrna Dell, John Ireland, and Claude Jarman, Jr. as Sterling's 12-14 year old brother Steve. This was a hybrid black and white film I find notable for RKO's trying to break out of the B picture mold. Consequently, despite its weak areas, the film "stretched" nobly and for that it gets my "A" for effort. Gloria Grahame is fun to watch as the dance hall queen trying to survive as a single and soiled woman in the West. When she takes on teaching Claude Jarman his "letters'", it provides a human touch and comic relief that seemed uncommon in westerns until then and seldom seen since. The rifle duel between Sterling and Jarman on one side of the canyon and John Ireland and his baddies on the other was well done, on par with Winchester 73's IMHO. The site provided convincing echoes for the gunfire. Ireland's final line rings down the rocks after he's been shot dead and silenced. Quite impressive for this seven-year-old in the theater and is still lodged among my favorite scenes nearly 60 years later.
  4. I have only Episode 11 thus far from the Centennial Series. Largely because my boyhood hero, Claude Jarman, Jr., plays the head of the Grebe family who suffer horribly during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl years. The family was doomed from the outset, duped by developers in cahoots with the lenders. Being exploited by land profiteers and unscrupulous bankers was not uncommon during the period and into the postwar years. It was Jarman's last screen appearance. He of course is best remembered as Jody from The Yearling, a performance that earned him a special Oscar at age 12. One of Centennial's plotlines describes Hereford cattle being corrupted by show ring standards and it rings true. The fad of downsizing the breed into what became known as "Watch Fob" steers or "Belt Buckle Bulls" eventually created dwarfism in both it and the Angus breed as well. It took years to right the situation.
  5. Anyone know why The Last Hunt seems to be lost and forgotten? It featured Stewart Granger, Robert Taylor as the baddie, Lloyd Nolan, Debra Paget as the native love interest, and Russ Tamblyn as the half-breed. What a lineup and yet, where is it? Tied up in some legal closet? Also where's Running Target with Arthur Franz as the sheriff:? Its setting was the high country of Colorado, I think, where a modern manhunt sought an escaped fugitive in love with one of his female pursuers played by Doris Dowling.
  6. I agree with Bunky's suggestion and assessment. The scene you describe is characteristically brutal, one of several in this film. Under pursuit and desperate, the trooper shoots the mother and then himself to avoid capture and torture. Included is the telling scene of the young son kneeling by his mother as the Apache warriors ride placidly by. This film presents a gritty, unapologetic depiction of the live and times in the Southwest of the 1880s. Good performances by Lancaster and Bruce Davison. One of my favorite actors appears as a trooper, the late Richard Farnsworth. It shows up on Encore Westerns fairly often, but my 2004 Movies Unlimited catalog does not list it for sale. Perhaps it's been released since then.
  7. So glad to see Conchata Farrell and Diane Cilento recognized and praised for their performances. I agree completely. I also enjoy Colleen Dewhurst in The Cowboys.
  8. My favorites may not be widely considered "the best", but if marooned on a desert island, I would hope the following would float ashore including these more recent releases: The Grey Fox with Richard Farnsworth Tom Horn with Farnsworth and Steve McQueen The Good Ol' Boys with Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepherd Legends of the Fall with Andrien Quinn, Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins Dances with Wolves with Kevin Costner Open Range with Costner and Robert Duvall The Cowboys with John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Brown, Coleen Dewhurst The Shootist with Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Richard Boone, Ron Howard, Henry Morgan. Death Hunt with Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Angie Dickenson Geronimo with Gene Hackman and West Studie, Matt Damon and Jason Patric. Older Stuff: Hondo The Stalking Moon with Gregory Peck for its suspense Any of the James Stewart-Anthony Mann efforts such as Bend of the River, The Man from Laramie, Naked Spur, Winchester '73 (where Stewart was beginning to shape his Western persona). Stewart in Night Passage with Alan Ladd, perhaps, and The Rare Breed. Centennial Hombre with Paul Newman, Richard Boone, Frederic March Hud with Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia O'Neal, Brandon de Wilde Shane with Alan Ladd, Jack Palance, Van Heflin, Brandon de Wilde Ride the High Country with Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott Hangman's Knot with Scott, Donna Reed, Lee Marvin', Claude Jarman, jr. Hannah Lee with John Ireland, MacDonald Carey, JoAnne Dru Running Target with Arthur Franz The Last Hunt with Stewart Granger, Lloyd Nolan, Russ Tamblyn Ride Beyond Vengeance with Chuck Connors, Paul Fix, Bill Bixby, Gloria Grahame. If only for the brawl between Connors and Claude Akens. And my very favorites of this era: 1) Roughshod with Robert Sterling, John Ireland, Gloria Grahame, Claude Jarman, jr.--a transition b & w film between "A" and "B" with a bit of a film noir quality about it. Two, The Big Country with Peck, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives, Jean Simmons, Chuck Connors, and Charles Bickford. The Western that does it all: scenery, score, cast, action.
  9. I agree totally, Gerb. There's another of this sub-genre I'd like to catch or rent, Green Grass of Wyoming starring Charles Coburn as the nasty guy, Robert Arthur in the Lon McCalister role and some other notables including Lloyd Nolan, Burl Ives, and an appearance by Marilyn Monroe IMDB says is unconfirmed. Peggy Cummins provided the love interest. Released in 1948. As I remember it's about sulky racing and trotters or pacers. Sounds a bit out of place or character for Wyoming but it's about rural folks and setttings, so why not cut it some slack. Wonder if someone's compiled a list of films with rural settings? Quite a refreshing change from the urban settings dominating films today. I'm thinking of more light and pleasant fare than The Grapes of Wrath and The River, etc. More on the order of The Egg and I, the Kettle series, and some of the films mentioned, including the Flicka films, Ol' Yellar. Anyone have some favorites that may have slipped into obscurity?. My favorite might be The Sun Comes Up with Jeannette MacDonald, Lloyd Nolan, Percy Kilbride, Margaret Hamilton, and my boyhood hero, Claude Jarman, Jr.
  10. Wonderful, Gerb! I knew someone here would come through. Thanks so much.
  11. I remember seeing a youngster in a b & w western who was breathing his last in a covered wagon, saying he "guessed he wouldn't see California." Circa 1945-1950. Then another young boy caught in a crossfire in a color flick with a Mexican or South American setting. Circa 1945-1955. Sorry, that's all I can remember but I am sorely bedeviled trying to recover these two films from the cobwebs of memory. Thanks for any clues or possibilities.
  12. Does anyone remember Running Target with Arthur Franz and Doris Dowling, I believe? Plot concerned a manhunt in a remote section of the Rocky Mountains. Would love to get a copy of it and also The Last Hunt with Stewart Granger, Robert Taylor, Lloyd Nolan, Russ Tamblyn, and the Indian princess, Debra Paget. I've seen a copy of the latter on eBay but not Running Target. Message was edited by: alongcountryroads
  13. I remember seeing a youngster in a b & w western who was breathing his last in a covered wagon, saying he "guessed he wouldn't see California." Circa 1945-1950. Then another young boy caught in a crossfire in a color flick with a Mexican or South American setting. Circa 1945-1955. Sorry, that's all I can remember but I am sorely bedeviled trying to recover these two films from the cobwebs of memory. Thanks for any clues or possibilities.
  14. I enjoy Colleen Dewhurst and Gloria Grahame. Those two come to mind, offhand
  15. I'm also surprised no one's mentioned Legends of the Fall with Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Adrian Quinn. Great musical score, scenery, and plot that rang true up in this part of the country. Pretty complete package with authentic stage settings, costuming, and issues on a frontier in transition.
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