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Brian over at Rupert Pupkin Speaks has been running an ongoing series of posts on underrated Westerns, getting lists from all sorts of folks. I was honored to be among those he asked to play along. Be sure to scroll around and see the other lists. Some great stuff. I was really glad to see Joe Dante suggest No Name On The Bullet (1959). He mentioned it in an interview years ago, and it helped start my drive to see as many of these things as I could.

Naturally, I stuck with the 50s and recommended films we’ve gone over here time and time again. Click on De Niro and off you go.

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I really love Allan Dwan’s Tennessee’s Partner (1955).

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I’ve always enjoyed Dennis’s blog dedicated to the Iverson Movie Ranch. It’s a frequent stop for me. Earlier this month, he posted some stuff on Tennessee’s Partner (1955) and its extensive use of the Iverson Ranch. Cinematographer John Alton did a masterful job on this one, and I doubt the ranch ever looked better than it did here.

If you’re new to this blog, be prepared to lose an hour or two or three.

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50 Westerns From The 50s turned four years old on October 1. Digging around for something to post, this photo of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans seemed like the way to go. (That’s not me in the lower right.) This blog’s seen more than 700,000 hits over that four years, and I want to thank you all for each and every one of them.

On a only slightly related note, yesterday was Beverly Garland’s birthday — with Roy’s coming up in a few weeks.

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I was a recent guest on Todd Liebenow’s excellent podcast Forgotten Filmcast, which features a film blogger covering a movie they consider under-appreciated. We focused on Last Train From Gun Hill (1959). Todd had never seen it, and I was so happy to hear he loved it. It’s a great 50s Western, one of my favorites, and I hope we did it justice.

The show’s now available from iTunes or the Forgotten Filmcast site.

The terrific illustration of Kirk Douglas in Last Train From Gun Hill was done by Roger Koch, who goes by the name Zombie Dad. Permission to use it is greatly appreciated.

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I’ve contributed a piece to the new and improved Classic Flix site. It’s a brief guide to 50s Westerns, a list of titles (focusing on those available on DVD) that would hopefully, sorta give someone an idea of what 50s Westerns are all about.

Not sure if I succeeded, but if nothing else, it’s a good place to start an argument over the choices I made.

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William Castle is one of my favorite filmmakers. I grew up on his stuff — from The Whistler pictures to the horror films to, of course, the Sam Katzman Westerns. So I was happy to hear about the upcoming William Castle Blogathon, and even happier to be invited to play along.

I’ve chosen The Law Vs. Billy The Kid (1954), one of those Katzman Westerns Castle directed in the mid-50s. It stars Scott Brady as Billy, Betta St. John and James H. Griffith as Pat Garrett. (I’ve already written about Masterson Of Kansas.)

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Jeffrey Hunter, Hank Worden and John Wayne commemorate Hit Number 500,000 on this blog with a little tequila. Thanks to all the fingers responsible for those clicks. I appreciate each and every one.

Of course, that image is from John Ford’s The Searchers (1956).

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Spending some quality time with my One-Eyed Jacks book this morning, thanks to my understanding, encouraging family and a fabulous crew of commenters (you know who you are) who help keep this blog chugging along, even when I ignore it for a day or two. Thanks to you all.

Hope you all have a nice, fun, safe New Year’s Eve. You can bet that when I start resolution-ing tonight, many of them will involve writing about cowboy movies.

* A reference to the tell-all book of the same name by Anna Brando (Marlon’s wife/ex-wife during the production of One-Eyed Jacks). It’s value as a source for my book is pretty questionable.

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This Halloween, we can all curl up with our laptops and a plastic pumpkin full of our kids’ candy and make our way through the Val Lewton Blogathon.

I’ll be bringing up the rear with a post on the last film Lewton produced (he died at a way-too-young 46), Apache Drums (1951). His only Western, it benefits from all the mood and suspense we know and love from his wonderful horror films. In a lot of ways, it plays more like a horror film than a cowboy picture.

Directed by Hugo Fregonese and starring Stephen McNally, Coleen Gray and Arthur Shields — and with a good part for ace character actor James Griffth — it’s a solid, unique Western with plenty going for it. You’ll find further details on the Lewton blogathon, including a lineup of the films and bloggers, here.

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This blog opened for business three years ago today. As you probably know, it was set up to promote a book of the same name — a book that, to be honest, I thought would be finished by now.

Along the way, instead of the blog being an offshoot of the book, the book has become almost a byproduct of the blog. Some of that shift has come from the community the blog became a part of — movie fans, other bloggers, critics, writers, even Tim Holt’s grandson. When it’s done, the book will owe a huge debt to you folks out there. You and your insight have had a greater influence on it than you’ll ever know. Thanks.

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