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Honky-Tonk Days In Arizona

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Gone are the “bulls  messing with the heifers” at Sarg’s Cow Town, Abel Hall, the Matador, Chester’s, Riverside Park Ballroom, JD’s and Mr. Lucky’s.

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Boots, Buckles & Spurs

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All cowboys have boots and spurs, but buckles says rodeo, and that’s what this musical collection is about. The set honors 50 years of the National Finals Rodeo, and it is produced in conjunction with the PRCA.

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A Man to Match the Land

/John-Wayne_set-of-stage-coach_feature-sizeJohn Wayne had incrementally risen from three-day pictures to six-day pictures to ten-day pictures, with corresponding increases in salary but very little increase in prestige. “I kept nagging at [John] Ford,” remembered Wayne. “‘When is it my turn?’ He’d say, ‘Just wait. I’ll let you know when I get the right script.’ And he did.”

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TV Westerns: March/April 2008

For some time now, Westerns fans have been promised a vast number of new films being produced directly for television, by AMC, Hallmark and RHI Entertainment, in collaboration with the ION (formerly PAX) cable channel. We’ll be seeing three of these new movies in March and April 2008.

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A Wild Western Zine

Westerns_lee-marivn_chester-good_matt-dillion_monogram-cowboyIn the 1960s, James Warren and Forrest J. Ackerman’s Famous Monsters of Filmland was such a runaway success, covering old and new Horror movies, the demand for another magazine was immediate. Drugstore racks were heavy with monsters for kids, but Warren wanted an adult readership, and they were watching Westerns.

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Bull Doggin’

Westerns_Steve-Ihnat_-Stephen-Lodge_The-HonkersWhen actor and director Steve Ihnat approached Stephen Lodge to work with him on a screenplay that eventually became The Honkers, Lodge had no idea he was in a race against Cliff Robertson and Sam Peckinpah.

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A True Giant

May15-WesternsTrue giants don’t need to declare themselves, they just are, and William Blinn, the quiet man from Ohio, is a true giant. Blinn has a talent for telling unusual stories, with a deep emotional center, which propelled him to the “top of the mountain” when he became a staff writer on Bonanza.

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A Million Ways to Laugh in the West

westers_million-ways-to-die-in-the-westWhen a trailer is posted on the Internet, keeping track of the views and “shares” is the perfect way for studios to judge which films will hit...or miss. Godzilla? No question. But another trailer has taken the web by storm; incredibly, it’s a Comedy Western.

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Buried Treasures

Westerns_movies_vintage-movie-posters_1950s_lone-rangerDuring the 1960s, when Philadelphia’s channel 48 ran Satan’s Satellites, I had no idea I was munching popcorn through a serial (Zombies of the Stratosphere) re-cut into a feature.  I was jumping out of my pj’s because it was action-filled Sci-Fi, starring a jet-propelled hero, but I had never seen a chapter play. Featuring more fights and stunts than I had seen in a dozen programs, the story flew as fast as Rocket Man did, but something made it different.

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