Stranger on Horseback (1955) Movie Review

Stranger on Horseback lobby card

Cast:Joel McCrea as Judge Richard ThorneMiroslava as Amy Lee BannermanKevin McCarthy as Tom BannermanJohn McIntire as Col. Buck BannermanNancy Gates as Caroline Webb Rated: PG Duration: 66 Minutes Directed by: Jacques TourneurProduced by: Robert GoldsteinScreenplay by: Herb Meadow / Don MartinPhotographed … Read more

Bad Company (1972) Movie Review

Bad Company film scene (1972)

Cast:Jeff Bridges as Jake RumseyBarry Brown as Drew DixonJim Davis as MarshalDavid Huddleston as Big Joe Rated: PG Duration: 93 Minutes Directed by: Robert BentonProduced by: Stanley R. JaffeScreenplay by: David NewmanPhotographed by: Gordon WillisMusic by: Harvey Schmidt One of … Read more

The Westerns of Sam Peckinpah Part I

Filming The Wild Bunch with back view of Sam Peckinpah

I first started writing about maverick director Sam Peckinpah way back a couple of years ago when I put together a birthday celebration Facebook post on his work, most of which I am reproducing here for the first of this … Read more

Remembering Harry “Dobe” Carey Jr.

Harrey Carey Jr. with John Wayne

I first made contact with Harry Carey Jr., or ‘Dobe’; as he came to be known, back in 1998. I’d met up with the film director Andrew McLaglen at Pinewood studios to discuss a script I’d written about the making … Read more

John Wayne In Romantic Comedy Movie Roles

Hatari poster with John Wayne

I’ve never been that keen on John Wayne doing ‘funny’. To me, he’s just not cut out to be either a clown or the butt of someone else’s joke but Duke obviously didn’t mind, seeing as he appeared in a … Read more

Western Movie Villains – The 10 Baddest Bad Guys

Richard Boone in Big Jake

Psycho Cowboys Part I We’re all familiar with the usual suspects when it comes to back-shooting murderin’ dry-gulch killers such as Lee Marvin and Bruce Dern as featured in the Westerns of John Wayne. I thought maybe we’d wander off … Read more

The Many Western Movies of John Sturges

Director John Sturges began his career in 1946, helming a number of popular film noirs in the early years with titles such as “Shadowed” and “The Sign of the Ram”. Despite his eventual recognition as a director of Westerns, he … Read more

Randolph Scott & The 7 “Ranown Cycle” Movies

Having spent numerous hours watching all of the films featured in this three-part article on a series of seven movies known as the ‘Ranown’ cycle, I’ve decided to reference a well-informed essay by film critic Richard T. Jameson in the … Read more

Sergio Leone & His Western Movies

Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates

Sergio Leone only directed eight films in his short but impressive career. His first two movies were examples of the popular sword and sandal Italian movies of the late 1950s / early 1960s, Leone credited as an assistant director on … Read more