Category Western

The Cheyenne Social Club

The Cheyenne Social Club is a 1970 Western comedy, written by James Lee Barrett, directed and produced by Gene Kelly, and starring James Stewart, Henry Fonda and Shirley Jones. It’s the story about an aging cowboy who inherits a brothel and decides to turn it into a respectable boarding house, against the wishes of both the townspeople and the ladies working there.

The Cheyenne Social ClubIn 1867, John O’Hanlan (Stewart) and Harley Sullivan (Fonda) are aging cowboys working on open cattle ranges in Texas. O’Hanlan gets a letter from an attorney in Cheyenne, Wyoming, that his disreputable and now deceased brother, DJ, left him something called The Cheyenne Social Club in his will.

After they make the 1,000 mile (1,600 km) trek to Cheyenne, O’Hanlan and Sullivan learn that The Cheyenne Social Club is a high-class brothel next to the railroad...

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The Man From Laramie

The Man from Laramie is a 1955 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, and Cathy O’Donnell.

Will Lockhart (James Stewart) becomes entangled in the happenings of Coronado, an isolated western town, after delivering supplies there from Laramie. He immediately ends up at odds with the Waggomans, an influential ranching family. Lockhart is quietly searching for information about someone selling repeating rifles to the local Apaches; his brother, a green Army Lieutenant, was killed in an Apache attack at Dutch Creek.

The Man From LaramieCattle baron Alec Waggoman (Donald Crisp) is haunted by dreams of a stranger who intends to kill his son. He is also gradually losing his eyesight and cannot count on his son Dave (Alex Nicol), an immature, vicious and arrogant man who refuses to learn how to run the ranch the way his father wants it done.

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My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine is a 1946 American Western film directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp during the period leading up to the gunfight at the OK Corral. The ensemble cast also features Victor Mature (as Doc Holliday), Linda Darnell, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Cathy Downs and Ward Bond.

My Darling ClementineIn 1882 (in reality, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral happened on October 26, 1881), Wyatt, Morgan, Virgil, and James Earp are driving cattle to California when they cross Old Man Clanton. When they learn about the nearby boom town of Tombstone, the older brothers ride in, leaving the youngest brother James to watch over the cattle. The Earps soon learn that Tombstone is a lawless town without a marshal. Wyatt is the only man in the town willing to face the drunk Indian shooting at the townspeople. When they return to their camp, they find the cattle rustled and James murdered.

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Western Oil Paintings

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Western oil paintings are truly a piece of Americana. They are able to depict a time in our country that seems to be slipping by. Sure, there are still cowboys, but these pieces show them as they once were.

They used to roam our city streets where now cars and SUVs drive down. It wasn’t uncommon to see a herd of cattle going down Main Street, as where now it seems to be done as a tourist attraction rather than much else. Western oil paintings remind us of a time that wasn’t that long ago, and for some in our country, a life they still live.

There are many western oil paintings on the market. They are available online, in stores, art galleries, and art fairs. It is quite easy to find one and put a piece of America’s history in one’s home.

They really do tell a story of the American West...

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How To Have A Western Digital Internal Hard Drive

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by Jacques Lebleu

If you are looking for a Western Digital internal hard drive then you should know a little about them first. These tend to come in a lot of different sizes and they are usually a good buy. The prices tend to be affordable as well.

Western Digital makes hard drives to fit any computer. The price is usually determined by the size you are looking to buy; the bigger the hard drive the more it will usually cost. You can usually find a good size hard drive that is relatively cheap.

When choosing a size you should consider the amount of room you will really need. If you download a lot of music, movies, or pictures then you may want to go with a larger hard drive so you will be sure and have plenty of space for everything you need.

Another reason to go with a bigger hard drive is if you use your computer for gaming a lot...

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Tom Cruise Movies

Many people will line up to see a Tom Cruise film. He has been a very popular actor for years and years.

Two of his biggest hits are available in a two pack on Blu-ray. Those movies are Top Gun and Days of Thunder. They are two of his best, with Top Gun sending him into super stardom and Thunder when he was at the peak of his game. Both movies are action oriented and look great in high definition on Blu-ray. These movies are more than likely already in your DVD collection if you are a Tom Cruise fan or an action movie fan. It doesn’t get much better than cheesy 80’s music blaring as two F-16 fighter planes barrel across the screen.

Top Guns story is magical. There are beach scenes and flying action and also a love story throughout. It is a great 80’s movie and the blu-ray version has extras that are definitely worth seeing.

The next movie, Days of Thunder is Hollywood’s att...

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Shane

Shane is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film from Paramount, noted for its landscape cinematography, editing, performances, and contributions to the genre. The picture was produced and directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by A. B. Guthrie Jr., based on the 1949 novel of the same name by Jack Schaefer.  Its Oscar-winning cinematography was by Loyal Griggs. Shane stars Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur (in the last feature, and only color, film of her career) and Van Heflin, and features Brandon deWilde, Jack Palance, Emile Meyer, Elisha Cook Jr., and Ben Johnson.

ShaneShane (Alan Ladd), a skilled, laconic gunfighter with a mysterious past, rides into an isolated valley in the sparsely settled state of Wyoming, some time after the Civil War...

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Rio Bravo

Rio Bravo is a 1959 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, and Ward Bond. Written by Jules Furthman and Leigh Brackett, based on the short story “Rio Bravo” by B. H. McCampbell, the film is about the sheriff of the town of Rio Bravo, Texas, who arrests the brother of a powerful local rancher to help his drunken deputy/friend. With the help of a cripple and a young gunfighter, they hold off the rancher’s gang. Rio Bravo was filmed on location at Old Tucson Studios outside Tucson, Arizona, in Technicolor.

Rio BravoIn the town of Rio Bravo, Texas, sheriff’s deputy Dude (Dean Martin), who has acquired the contemptuous nickname Borrachón (pronounced: [bo.raˈtʃon], Spanish for “big drunk”), enters a saloon but cannot afford a drink...

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Giant

Giant is a 1956 American epic Western drama film, directed by George Stevens from a screenplay adapted by Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat from Edna Ferber’s 1952 novel. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean and features Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor, Elsa Cardenas and Earl Holliman. Giant was the last of James Dean’s three films as a leading actor, and earned him his second and last Academy Award nomination – he was killed in a car accident before the film was released. Nick Adams was called in to do some voice dubbing for Dean’s role.

GiantWealthy Texas rancher Jordan “Bick” Benedict Jr. travels to Maryland to buy a horse. There he meets and courts socialite Leslie Lynnton, who ends a budding relationship with British diplomat Sir David Karfrey and marries Bick after a whirlwind romance.

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The Fascinating History Of Hollywood Movies

Fascinating History Hollywood Movies
by Wayne Stadler Photography

In the 1880s, the American stage was dominated by ‘Vaudeville shows’ which was cherished by the residents of North America. Being the primitive genre of variety entertainment, these shows differed from burlesque or minstrelsy. But as entrepreneurs started experimenting with their movie-making skills, these shows lost all their glory.

In 1910, director D.W.Griffith and his troop started filming in downtown Los Angeles. While searching for a more apt location, they found it in a village miles northward — ‘Hollywood’. The first movie shot by Griffith in Hollywood was In Old California, a melodrama of California. Thorough research work identified a number of points which helped in establishing Hollywood movies. But it was Griffith’s ‘Birth of a Nation’ which was the pioneering movie.

Gradually, with the growth of Hollywood industry, films were exhibited in Nicho...

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McLintock

McLintock! is a 1963 American western comedy film, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. The film co-stars Wayne’s son Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills and Yvonne DeCarlo.

Cattle, timber and mining baron George Washington “G.W.” McLintock (John Wayne) is living the single life on his ranch. He is estranged from wife Katherine (Maureen O’Hara), who left him two years before, suspecting him of adultery. She has been living the society life back in the East while their daughter Becky (Stefanie Powers) is completing her college degree.

McLintockFollowing a meeting with a group of homesteaders whom he cautions against trying to farm on the Mesa Verde:

“God made that land for the buffalo. it serves pretty well for cattle. But it hates the plow! And even the government should know you can’t farm six thousand feet above sea level!”

He hires an a...

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Hulk Movies

After “The Incredible Hulk” television series was canceled in 1982, six years later three television movies, with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferringo reprising their original roles as Dr. David Banner and the Hulk respectively, were produced airing on NBC.

The first movie “The Incredible Hulk Returns” was presented in 1988. This movie was the first time that Marvel Universe characters appeared, as Kenneth Johnson, the writer, producer and director of the television show left out any references to the Marvel Universe during the show’s run from 1977 to 1982. In this movie, Banner meets with a former student that has obtained the hammer of Thor, a Viking warrior who has been prevented from entering into Valhalla, a place where soldiers slain in combat enter...

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Best Silent Movies Ever

Silent movie is known as a popular way of entertainment which became famous in the early 20th century. Silent film is actually a kind of film without dialogues or human voices, and mostly based on the effect of visual images. Let’s have a look at the greatest silent movies ever made:

1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

The film described the final hours of French national hero and saint, Joan of Arc. Moreover, the main factor that makes “The passion of Joan of Arc” become the best silent movie is its creative movement, use of Dutch angles, and Maria Falconetti’s incredible passionate acting performance as the martyred young French maid in the film.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

2. City Lights (1931)

This was Charlie Chaplin‘s last silent film...

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Firecreek

Firecreek is a 1968 western movie, directed by Vincent McEveety and starring James Stewart and Henry Fonda in his second role as an antagonist that year. The film is similar to High Noon in that it features an entire town of cowards refusing to help a peace officer against outlaws. Stewart plays an unlikely hero, forced into action when his conscience will not permit evil to continue.

FirecreekOffscreen close friends Stewart and Fonda’s first film together had been the musical comedy On Our Merry Way two decades earlier, and they made The Cheyenne Social Club two years after Firecreek. They had also both appeared in How the West Was Won but had no scenes together despite playing best friends.

After years of backing away from criminals and gunfights, one resident of the small western town of Firecreek decides to fight back...

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Cowboy Hats And The Silver Screen

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by bill barber

The Western genre in film has been a popular one for decades. Hollywood has done well promoting the rural West to the masses. A good looking, rugged cowboy in his cowboy hat up on the silver screen has only added to the allure.

A cowboy wearing the iconic cowboy hat is the ultimate symbol of America. It ranks right up there with backyard barbecues, a fourth of July parade and a tall glass of lemonade. While sometimes difficult to understand, the ideal cowboy has an unmistakable identity.

In 1903, in a small New York theater, a film called The Great Train Robbery was played at the end of a vaudeville show. The crowd was crazy about it and cheered for it to be played again and again. Finally the theater lights were turned off and the audience sent home, but that was only the beginning of America’s love affair with Westerns.

John Wayne is one of the most famous on screen cow...

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Winchester ’73

Winchester ’73 is a 1950 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann starring James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea and Stephen McNally.

In 1876, Lin McAdam (James Stewart) and friend ‘High-Spade’ Frankie Wilson (Millard Mitchell) pursue outlaw ‘Dutch Henry’ Brown (Stephen McNally) into Dodge City, Kansas. They arrive just in time to see a man forcing a saloon-hall girl named Lola (Shelley Winters) onto the stage leaving town. Once the man reveals himself to be Sheriff Wyatt Earp (Will Geer) Lin backs down. Earp informs the two men that firearms are not allowed in town and they must check them in with Earp’s brother Virgil. Lin and Dutch Henry see each other in the saloon, but are unable to fight due to the presence of Earp. Lin enters a shooting competition, contending against Dutch Henry among others, that is held on the Fourth of July...

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman (who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film). Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known as Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman), and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the “Sundance Kid” (Robert Redford), who are on the run from a crack US posse after a string of train robberies. The pair and Sundance’s lover, Etta Place (Katharine Ross), flee to Bolivia in search of a more successful criminal career, where they meet their end.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidIn late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy is the affable, clever, talkative leader of the outlaw Hole in the Wall Gang. His closest companion is the laconic dead-shot “Sundance Kid”...

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Red River

Red River is a 1948 American western film directed and produced by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, giving a fictional account of the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail. The dramatic tension stems from a growing feud over the management of the drive, between the Texas rancher who initiated it (Wayne) and his adopted adult son (Clift).

Red RiverThomas Dunson (John Wayne) is a stubborn man who wants nothing more than to start up a successful cattle ranch in Texas. Shortly after he begins his journey to Texas with his trail hand Nadine Groot (Walter Brennan), Dunson learns that his love interest (Coleen Gray), whom he had told to stay behind with the California-bound wagon train with the understanding that he would send for her later, was killed in an Indian attack.

Despite this tragedy, Dunson and Groot press on...

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Wanda Nevada

Wanda Nevada is a 1979 western comedy film starring Peter Fonda and Brooke Shields. It was also directed by Peter Fonda.

Henry Fonda makes a cameo appearance as an Arizona prospector, making it the only film to feature the father and son together. Peter Fonda reportedly paid his father Henry $1000 (equivalent to $3,300 in 2016) for one day’s work on the film after receiving a call from his father that he was out of work.

Wanda NevadaSet in 1950s Arizona, the story follows a drifter and gambler named Beaudray Demerille (Fonda). In a card game he wins the movie’s title character Wanda Nevada (Shields), a 13-year-old orphan with dreams of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. Despite his best efforts, Wanda sticks to Demerille, accompanying him to a pool hall. Texas Curly (Fix), an aging prospector, enters and tells the bar patrons about his gold mine in the Grand Canyon. They laugh him off as a drunk...

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A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars (Italian: Per un pugno di dollari, lit. “For a Fistful of Dollars”, titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars) is a 1964 spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood in his first leading role, alongside Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, José Calvo, Antonio Prieto, and Joseph Egger. The film, an international co-production between Italy, West Germany, and Spain, was filmed on a low budget (reported to be $200,000), and Eastwood was paid $15,000 for his role.

A Fistful of DollarsA stranger arrives at the little Mexican border town of San Miguel. Silvanito, the town’s innkeeper, tells the Stranger about a feud between two families vying to gain control of the town: on the one side, the Rojo brothers: Don Miguel, Esteban and Ramón; on the other, the family of the town sheriff, John Baxter...

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