I don’t own a copy of this Christmas movie but remember seeing it at least twice in the last forty years on t.v. ; also based on this photo on this e-mail, Roy doesn’t wear jeans but his normal ” Nudie ” rodeo ranch pants which sets him apart from the average cowhand. These dressy pants look great on the ” good guys ‘ like Roy and Gene Autry !
That Tarantino article is one of my favorite pieces of film criticism. A model example of mining gold out of a lot of dreck — I wish someone would use it as a guide for a Witney retrospective. (“Witney at the Whitney”?)
It’s also kind of a shame QT didn’t have room in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS for that “heroic animals” idea.
The great thing about Tarantino, whatever side of the fence you’re on regarding his pictures and public side, is that he really is encyclopedic in his knowledge of, and assessment of, movies. Pick a genre, a director, an actor, and he’s likely to know at least as much as you do. We once went back and forth on Joe Don Baker vs Bo Svenson as Buford Pusser, and blathered on endlessly on offshoot Bond pictures including Vince Edwards’ Hammerhead. Tarantino should make the Western he’s been promising, but he should also make a Matt Helm picture.
Now, you want to talk jealousy: Friend of mine recently went to a private screening of QT’s print of FOUR DESPERATE MEN (with Aldo Ray, whose widow is QT’s and David Lynch’s casting director), with Norman Lloyd also in attendance.
I didn’t care for most of QT’s pictures this century, but was delighted to find that BASTERDS was a real return to form.
Yeah, I spent a couple of afternoons with him when I was in college, in 1996 or 1997. Would like to see him again — he wasn’t eager to do the interview at first, but was very nice once he figured out that I wasn’t a complete ignoramus.
Have you tried private collectors for uncut B-Westerns? Both Comet Westerns and B-Western Collectables have Trail of Robin Hood uncut. I haven’t seen that one, but I’ve purchased DVDs from both places and was very pleased with them.
I know this is a goofy picture, but I sure love it. I’m surprised it has not become more of a holiday perennial, and I’m also surprised that Every Day is Xmas in the West is not a better-known song. Surely it would’ve been great for some country/western artists to record it, too….
I’m also a big Rogers fan, and don’t mind if his movies are musicals or action pictures. Roy had charm to spare!
I’ve only recently discovered this blog, and am very happy to check it regularly. The 50s were the high water mark of movie westerns.