Archive for January, 2022

Directed by John Ford
Starring John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O’Brien, Andy Devine

Just saw that John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) is coming to 4K in April — the first Ford or Wayne picture to do so.

It’s hard to imagine this looking any better than the Blu-Ray, but who’s to complain? It’s one of the finest Westerns ever made.

Image swiped from John Wayne.

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Elvis Aaron Presley
January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977

Today, Elvis would’ve been 87. Wow.

Here he is with Don Siegel, making what I think is his best movie, Flaming Star (1960). A while back, this terrific Western was the subject of my appearance on the excellent West Movies Podcast. Seems like a good day to bring it up.

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Peter Bogdanovich
July 30, 1939 – January 6, 2022

Peter Bogdanovich has passed away at 82. He never made a Western (though he tried to), but he provided us all with a wealth of information through his interviews with those who made the best of them: Ford, Hawks, Walsh, Dwan, Stewart, Wayne and others.

Working on this blog and book over the years, I’ve developed a real appreciation for his work as a film historian. His books — from John Ford to This Is Orson Welles to Who The Devil Made It are a real godsend.

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Here’s Janet Leigh wishing us all a happy New Year back in 1955. If it was good enough for ’55, it’s good enough for now.

Here’s hoping everybody has a great ’22!

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