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This is a reminder that the Joel McCrea Blogathon will come riding up November 4-6. It marks what would’ve been McCrea’s 111th birthday, November 5, with a celebration of his incredible body of work. His career covered about every genre and included some of cinema’s greatest directors: Sturges, Walsh, Hawks, DeMille, Hitchcock, Peckinpah.

If you’re interested in playing along, here’s what you do:
• Pick a McCrea picture. Any one will do.
• Let me know you want to participate (email fiftieswesterns@gmail.com), what you want to cover and when you plan to post it — Friday November 4th through Sunday the 6th. Your posts can be in any form, of any length, and on any topic as long as it relates to McCrea, but I’d like to manage things a bit to make sure we don’t end up with 14 people writing about the same thing.
• Post your piece on the scheduled day, using the official blogathon banner (up top).
• Send me the link so I can post it on the master list.
• Be sure to read all the other posts from your fellow bloggers.

A tip of the hat to Phil Hansley for the badge.

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It’s hard to believe this blog has been going for seven years. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

I owe y’all a big fat thanks for your clicks, your recommendations and your comments. Without you, this thing wouldn’t have made it near this long.

And with this announcement out of the way, it’s back to business. After all, there’s an Audie Murphy set on the way!

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The Joel McCrea Blogathon
November 4 – 6, 2016

Joel McCrea stands tall as a true icon of Hollywood’s West. Before becoming so associated with cowboy pictures, he appeared in classics like Most Dangerous Game (1932), Foreign Correspondent (1940) and Sullivan’s Travels (1941). Let’s mark what would’ve been his 111th birthday, November 5, with a celebration of his work.

Here’s what you do:
• Pick a McCrea picture. Any one will do.
• Let me know you want to participate (email fiftieswesterns@gmail.com), what you want to cover and when you plan to post it — Friday November 4th through Sunday the 6th. Your posts can be in any form, of any length, and on any topic as long as it relates to McCrea, but I’d like to manage things a bit to make sure we don’t end up with 14 people writing about the same thing.
• Post your piece on the scheduled day, using the official blogathon banner and link (to come).
• Send me the link so I can post it on the master list.

This should be a lot of fun.

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The Republic Pictures Blogathon kicks off Friday, and I’m getting excited about it. Some good people are covering some of the studio’s coolest movies.

If you’d like to participate, feel free. Here’s what you do:
• Pick a Republic-related topic: the possibilities are almost endless.
• Let me know you want to ride along (email fiftieswesterns@gmail.com), what subject you want to cover and when you plan to post it. Your posts can be in any form, of any length, and on any topic as long as it relates to Republic Pictures, but I’d like to manage things a bit to make sure we don’t end up with 14 people writing about Radar Men From The Moon.
• Post your piece on the scheduled day, using the Republic Pictures Blogathon banner (above) and link (to come).
• Send me the link to your post so I can add it to the master list.

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The Republic Pictures Blogathon is coming, September 18-20 — a celebration of the studio’s incredible talent roster, wonderful output and lasting legacy.

Here’s what you do:
• Pick a Republic-related topic: the possibilities are almost endless.
• Let me know you want to ride along (email fiftieswesterns@gmail.com), what subject you want to cover and when you plan to post it. Your posts can be in any form, of any length, and on any topic as long as it relates to Republic Pictures, but I’d like to manage things a bit to make sure we don’t end up with 14 people writing about Radar Men From The Moon.
• Post your piece on the scheduled day, using the Republic Pictures Blogathon banner and link (to come).
• Send me the link so I can post it on the master list.

This should be a lot of fun.

Thanks to John Knight for planting the seed for this thing. And to Mr. Jack Mathis for keeping the eagle flying all those years.

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This is the 1,000th post on 50 Westerns From The 50s. I was going to give the milestone a quick mention in an upcoming post (on Badman’s Territory) and move on, but when Jennifer came up with “The 1K Corral,” it seemed like I had to do something more with it.

A thousand of these things is a lot of writin’ on my part — and a ton of readin’ and commentin’ on yours. Thanks for riding along. It’d be a lonely trail without you.

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Well, that’s it for The Blogathon For Randolph Scott.

I don’t know where to start. This turned out to be a much bigger deal than I ever woulda thought.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the writing and/or the comments. So much good stuff. I wasn’t able to be as active as I wanted, but y’all more than took up the slack. We all probably came away with a movie or two (or more) we want to revisit. For me, it’s The Nevadan (1950), Trail Street (1947) and Virginia City (1940). Oh, and Tall Man Riding (1955). And I’m certainly envious of all of you who’ve experienced The Stranger Wore A Gun (1953) in 3D.

Another blogathon will kick off before long, maybe in the spring. Thanks to you, it’s gonna have some mighty big boots to fill.

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