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Looks a lot like Track Of The Cat (1954) out there.

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Turns out The Big Country (1958) was a favorite of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had it shown at Camp David a few times.

One of those screenings seems to have been in September, 1959 when Nikita Khrushchev was visiting. During that visit, Khrushchev revealed that Stalin also liked cowboy pictures.

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Saw in a post at Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings that Westward The Women (1951) will appear on TCM on November 17th at 6pm. Last week saw a flurry of activity on here with folks talking up what a terrific picture it is. They were all dead on — this is a prime 50s Western.

It’s currently unavailable on DVD in the States, so this TCM appearance is not to be missed.

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Frank Capra, from Frank Capra: Interviews:

“I always wanted to make a Western. I finally wrote a Western that I thought would make a hell of a story. It was called Westward The Women, about the women coming into the West and what their effect was. But I worked at a studio that didn’t have any horses. So I sold the story to William Wellman. He made it at MGM. It’s been a regret to me that I’ve never been able to make a Western. A man riding a horse across a prairie is poetry in motion.”

Capra’s original story was called “Pioneer Women.” Westward The Women (1951) is easily one of the better Westerns from MGM, a studio that didn’t have much of a grasp on the genre.

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Yellow Sky (1948)

Noticed today that one of my favorite movie blogs — Riding The High Country — is back in the saddle after a brief sabbatical.

Colin’s return, with a post on William A. Wellman’s Yellow Sky (1948), is up to his typical high standards. If you’re a reader of this blog, I suggest you make Riding The High Country a regular stop.

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Left to right: Director William Wellman, Joel McCrea and editor James B. Clark on the set of Buffalo Bill (1944).

Again, this is outside the scope of my book, but so what?

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