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Archive for March, 2010

Peter Graves, seen here to Joel McCrea’s left in Wichita (1955), passed away today.

The younger brother of James Arness, Graves served in World War II before heading to Hollywood. To many, he’s known for Mission: Impossible and Airplane!, but he appeared in quite a few 50s Westerns. Wichita is a really good one.

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Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. of Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear has been hospitalized recently. Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery.

That’s John Wayne and Gail Russell (center) in Angel And The Badman (1947).

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VCI has returned to Silver Lode (1954), promising a Restored Edition on May 25. There was nothing wrong with their previous release, so I’m expecting big things from this one.

Starring John Payne, Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea and a great supporting cast — and directed by Allan Dwan — this is a very good, mid-Fifties, low-budget Western. Highly recommended.

It’s good to see Dwan’s work getting the attention it deserves. His 50s Westerns are always worth your time (and money).

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Just saw that 50 Westerns From The 50s got its 10,000th hit today.

As one of Robert Ryan’s freaks said in The Wild Bunch (1969), “This is better than a hog killin’!” Thanks to everyone that clicked, linked or whatever.

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Oscar “Budd” Boetticher.

I believe he’s directing The Man From The Alamo (1953) here. Let’s hope he’s demonstrating a stunt he wants, not chastising a cast member for blowing a line.

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Just read a fascinating piece by Dan Gagliasso of Big Hollywood about John Wayne’s efforts to serve in World War II. This has been the subject of a lot of speculation over the years — and plenty of bickering between the Left and Right.

Going through government records in the National Archives and other evidence, Dan makes a very strong case (he has me convinced) that Wayne did indeed try to enlist, but was turned down. Read it here.

The photo’s from Rio Bravo (1959) — you can’t have too many of those. Also from Big Hollywood, and highly recommended: Leo Grin’s epic piece on the making of John Ford’s They Were Expendable (1945).

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Here’s the trailer for The Stranger Wore A Gun 1953). Note that it’s one shot, no cuts.

The Stranger Wore A Gun was directed by Andre de Toth, in 3-D, Technicolor, and according to Randy in this trailer, stereophonic sound. Sadly, the DVD is 2-D, mono.

Randolph Scott and an Airstream trailer. Don’t get no better than that, folks!

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