Westerns: Articles


Roy Rogers & 'Under Western Stars': Remembering Singing Cowboy's 'Socialist' Western

Roy Rogers, Singing Cowboy of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood. Known for his affable characterizations and, both on and off screen, “traditional values” stance, the King of the Cowboys – step aside, John Wayne & Gene Autry – toplined the “subversive” 1938 musical Western Under Western Stars. Sound bites: Remembering Roy […]


'Logan' Movie Review: Wolverine Hugh Jackman Carries One of the Best Superhero Films

Logan movie with Hugh Jackman as the mutant Wolverine: 20th Century Fox's gamble results in one of the best superhero movies. 'Logan' movie review: 'Wolverine' trilogy concluded 'in surprising and rewarding fashion' The trailer for Logan, the final film in the standalone Wolverine trilogy, is set to Johnny Cash's funereal […]


'True Grit' Cast Shines: Western Remake Superior to John Wayne Version

True Grit cast: Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges in 'wonderful' Joel and Ethan Coen 2010 Western remake. 'True Grit' cast delivers first-rate performances in 2010 Joel and Ethan Coen Western remake I've gotten to the point with the Coen brothers where I just expect something wonderful every time they make […]


Coleen Gray: From Stanley Kubrick to 'The Leech Woman,' School Prayer Amendment Fight

Coleen Gray: Actress and film noir good girl went from Stanley Kubrick's 'The Killing' to 'The Leech Woman.' Coleen Gray: Actress in early Stanley Kubrick film noir, destroyer of men in cult horror 'classic' Actress Coleen Gray, best known as the leading lady in Stanley Kubrick's film noir The Killing […]


Robert Redford Movies: Two of the Biggest Blockbusters Ever and War Hero or Serial Killer?

Robert Redford in 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.' Robert Redford movies: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' 'The Sting' and honorable war hero or psycho serial killer? They don't make movie stars like they used to, back in the days of Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Harry Cohn. […]


Randolph Scott Westerns: B Movies and Classics

Randolph Scott Westerns, comedies, war dramas: TCM schedule on August 19, 2013 See previous post: “Cary Grant and Randolph Scott Marriages – And 'Expect the Biographical Worst.'” 3:00 AM BADMAN'S TERRITORY (1946). Dir.: Tim Whelan. Cast: Randolph Scott, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Ann Richards. Black and white. 98 min. 4:45 AM […]


Randolph Scott Movies: From Westerns to Cary Grant Comedy

Randolph Scott movies: From Westerns to Cary Grant / Irene Dunne comedy Handsome, granite-faced Randolph Scott is Turner Classic Movies' next great choice in its “Summer Under the Stars” film series. Monday, August 19, 2013, is Randolph Scott Day, which begins and ends with Westerns. That shouldn't be surprising, for […]


'The Lone Ranger' 2013 One of Johnny Depp Biggest Bombs

'Despicable Me 2' Despicable Me 2 easily tops domestic box office as 'The Lone Ranger' 2013 bombs July 8, '13, update: Here's a quick rundown of the July 5-7, '13, top twelve movies at the North American box office, according to studio estimates found at Boxofficemojo.com. As expected, the $76 […]


'The Lone Ranger' Movie Review: Johnny Depp as Native American Jack Sparrow

Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp as Tonto. The Lone Ranger Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean quasi-sequel in Western garb In highfalutin' acting circles, it's said that American performers are trained to work from the inside out, crafting a character's inner life before working on external traits, […]


Johnny Depp-Gore Verbinski 'The Lone Ranger' Gets More 'Modest' Budget

Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush in Rob Marshall's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides The Lone Ranger is still not a go, but Deadline.com reports that producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski have come up with a more modest budget “in the $215 million range” for the Western to […]


Ben Johnson Movies: Remembering the Academy Award-Winning Actor

Ben Johnson isn't exactly what one would call a movie icon; Johnson isn't even a Western icon, despite his presence in numerous Old (and not-so-Old) West movies during his 50+-year career. Johnson's semi-obscurity today is a great reason to celebrate Turner Classic Movies' devoting one whole day to him as […]


'Brokeback Mountain' Analysis: Technical Brilliance, Iconic Character

Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain As I sit here writing, I am finding it hard to gather my thoughts together. Most of this essay has already been outlined, and yet I'm still not sure if it fully expresses my feelings toward Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain. I realize that although […]