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'spence', the 1963 release 4 FOR TEXAS was a Western comedy starring Frank and Dino. 

 

    Sinatra also made a movie in the late '40s called 'THE KISSING BANDIT'.  I think it was a Western, but I could be full of bull as I'm not 100% sure!       

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'spence', the 1963 release 4 FOR TEXAS was a Western comedy starring Frank and Dino. 

 

    Sinatra also made a movie in the late '40s called 'THE KISSING BANDIT'.  I think it was a Western, but I could be full of bull as I'm not 100% sure!       

 

i have not seen it, but going by its synopsis on wikipedia, THE KISSING BANDIT seems like more of a swashbuckler/musical set in ZORRO territory.

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Sinatra made a bonafide western in 1956 called JOHNNY CONCHO, where he played a supposed coward bullied by bad guy William Conrad.  Not a bad film at all. The theme song was written by Nelson Riddle, who first used the melody as an audition piece for COME NEXT SPRING.  The scoring job for that picture went to Max Steiner.

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What about 1970's "Dirty Dingus McGee?" That cult-film of sorts & "Johnny Concho' were Sinatra's only westerns

 

Are you forgetting the 1962 Rat Pack Western "Sergeants Three" --  with Sammy Davis, Jr. as Gunga Din?

 

 

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& some places rank the tremendously done on every level 1955 "Bad Day at Black Rock" (m-G-M) I personally don't, it only takes place in the west.

 

& *Bogey thought his own "Sierra Madre" a western, but it's more of an adventure, I think so anyway

 

I really don't understand what criteria people are using to classify Bad Day at Black Rock as a 'western'.     E.g. the time period isn't typical for a western (but there are westerns like Lonely Are the Brave and The Shootist that are post 1900),   no one works as a rancher,  cowboy,   or a typical 'western' job (in fact most of the 'bad guys' appear to have no job \ income source) and I don't see where it has any western themes.     It does have noir themes (e.g. post war angst,  obsession,  but no noir visuals).

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Mr.Gorman--"The Kissing Bandit" (1948) is an MGM musical set in 1800's California.  The film has one good dance number "Dance of Fury", with Ricardo Montalban, Ann Miller, and Cyd Charisse; it was excerpted in "That's Entertainment! Part III" (1994).  Costar Kathryn Grayson has a nice song "Love Is Where You Find It".  Below is the "Whip Dance", with Sono Osato.

 

 

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Are you forgetting the 1962 Rat Pack Western "Sergeants Three" -- with Sammy Davis, Jr. as Gunga Din?

 

And are you forgetting, Good Sir, DIRTY DINGUS MCGEE, Sinatra's final picture and a western?

 

Or did you not know existed? I wouldn't blame you if You didnt....

 

I only found out about it a couple months ago whenwe were discussing Sinatra in another thread.

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As for LIBERTY VALANCE, you GOTTA see that one!  I LIVE for the scene in the diner when John Wayne kicks Strother Martin in the face! ("I'LL git it Libberdy!" *WHAM!* )  :D

 

 

 

Simply the greatest!

 

I have to agree with my fellow posters here. I mean, who DOESN'T want to kick Strother Martin's scuzzy character in the face?

 

That's GOTTA be fun!

 

 

 

One other thing. Once that steak hits the floor, I don't care who picks it up, I'm not eating it!

 

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Best western swan song: The Shootist

 

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The Duke brought a dignity and proud grace to his final role as the dying gunman who decides to go out his own way. His restrained, dignified farewell scene with Lauren Bacall remains one of the actor's finest moments.

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I have to agree with my fellow posters here. I mean, who DOESN'T want to kick Strother Martin's scuzzy character in the face?

 

That's GOTTA be fun!

 

Ya see, what we got here is no failure to commiserate.

 

(...in other words, I couldn't agree with you more, Tom)

 

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Best western swan song: The Shootist

 

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The Duke brought a dignity and proud grace to his final role as the dying gunman who decides to go out his own way. His restrained, dignified farewell scene with Lauren Bacall remains one of the actor's finest moments.

& "The Duke" truly deserved *Oscar attention for it, over "True Grit' because of the competition for 1969

 

Harry Carey, Jr does an homage to him on TCM & in his opinion deserved to win *Oscars for "She wore a Yellow Ribbon" (l949), "The Searchers," True Grit" & "The Shootist"

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I have to agree with my fellow posters here. I mean, who DOESN'T want to kick Strother Martin's scuzzy character in the face?

 

That's GOTTA be fun!

 

 

 

One other thing. Once that steak hits the floor, I don't care who picks it up, I'm not eating it!

Brother Strother only made it to age 61 & went in 1980

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And are you forgetting, Good Sir, DIRTY DINGUS MCGEE, Sinatra's final picture and a western?

 

Or did you not know existed? I wouldn't blame you if You didnt....

 

I only found out about it a couple months ago whenwe were discussing Sinatra in another thread.

 

In the words of both Coop & Clint, yep, I posted something about the one & forgot "Sergeant's 3" the only Rat Pick picture I've yet to see

 

But, "The Chairman's' final picture was actually & believe it or not 1984's "Cannonball Run II"

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Mr.Gorman--"The Kissing Bandit" (1948) is an MGM musical set in 1800's California.  The film has one good dance number "Dance of Fury", with Ricardo Montalban, Ann Miller, and Cyd Charisse; it was excerpted in "That's Entertainment! Part III" (1994).  Costar Kathryn Grayson has a nice song "Love Is Where You Find It".  Below is the "Whip Dance", with Sono Osato.

 

 

Thanx but it was not a Western & thanx again for the clip I've never seen all of "Johnny Concho' though "Kissing bandit" was always the butt of jokes in his (58) films

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'spence', the 1963 release 4 FOR TEXAS was a Western comedy starring Frank and Dino. 

 

    Sinatra also made a movie in the late '40s called 'THE KISSING BANDIT'.  I think it was a Western, but I could be full of bull as I'm not 100% sure!

4-got about that one & I thank you. It's not bad either (**1/2)

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I have to agree with my fellow posters here. I mean, who DOESN'T want to kick Strother Martin's scuzzy character in the face?

 

That's GOTTA be fun!

 

 

Another thing....

 

I have the movie on both tape and disc.  Whenever I watch it, I "rerun" that part over and over until my wife says(in frustration) "e-NOUGH already!"   :D

 

But don't get me WRONG here...I got nothin' but LOVE for "Brother Strother" !  :)

 

Sepiatone

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I have to agree with my fellow posters here. I mean, who DOESN'T want to kick Strother Martin's scuzzy character in the face?

 

That's GOTTA be fun!

 

 

 

One other thing. Once that steak hits the floor, I don't care who picks it up, I'm not eating it!

 

 

I just found the scene of Strother Martin getting the big Duke boot in the face on YT. Enjoy:

 

 

 

Just listen to Strother's high pitched dirty laughter at Jimmy Stewart's expense! Oh man, this dude deserved a full boot in the face!

 

Gotta be honest, though. Now that I watch the scene again for the first time in years I'm a little disappointed by the staging. It's still effective because of the sound effects but you don't actually see the connection made between boot and chin. Nevertheless, it's the thought that counts.

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THE BIG COUNTRY is definitely among my top ten westerns, an intelligent William Wyler production, with an outstanding cast all rising to the occasion and one of the truly great western musical scores by Jerome Moross.

 

I have a feeling that many western buffs might be dismissive of this lengthy film primarily for two reasons:

 

1. its relative lack of action

 

2. its pacifist message

 

 

 

 

 

You might be right.  Dad loved this movie, though, and he wasn't a pacifist.  Not to mention that Heston is in it....lol   But when he got his first DVD player, this is one of the movies I got him to go with it.  

 

Big Country *also wins for the music.  That theme gives me chills, the best theme from a western ever, hands down.

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Jerome Moross's music score for "The Big Country" is great, but I'm a John Barry enthusiast. It's hard to beat his Oscar-winning score from "Dances with Wolves," which was the last Western to win Best Picture honors.

 

 

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