Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
For series, I prefer The Virginian and Rawhide. They had plenty of marginal episodes, but they had some pretty goods ones as well.
John Wayne: Stagecoach, Angel & the Badman, Fort Apache, The Searchers, True Grit, The Cowboys. I underlined my favorites.
Others: High Noon (almost no riding scenes, tho), Tombstone, most anything with Tom Selleck...
Never watched Lonesome Dove, but I may give it a try.
I find I always watch the riding in westerns. Some actors were pretty good, but as a general rule of thumb? If you can see the actor's face, try not to watch the riding. If all you can see is someone dressed like the star riding, then it was probably a stunt man or wrangler who knew his stuff. The style of riding done by the wranglers in 50s movies seem to match the pictures I've seen of cowboys from the late 1800s pretty well. From a 2012 perspective, it is interesting to see name actors charging their horses over rough terrain...I can imagine what the lawyers would tell the director now!
By the mid-60s, most westerns were made to have no heroes, no grand themes...only 'realism' and the idea that nothing matters. Tom Selleck is one of the few modern actors I trust to be in films where there IS a good guy.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)
Last edited by bsms; 07-18-2012 at 04:03 PM.