Forgotten Film Classics

1959’s No Name on the Bullet

no-name-on-the-bullet_audie-muphy_western-movie_hired-killerAbout 30 years ago, my younger sister Pam had to write an essay on a “hero” for NYU.

Read more:

1956’s The Last Frontier

1956_last-frontier_anthony-mann_victor-mature_western_rober-prestonI honestly thought that I’d seen all of Anthony Mann’s great Westerns from the 1950s: Winchester ‘73, The Naked Spur, Bend of the River and The Man from Laramie. Nevertheless, a few months ago I stumbled across yet another terrific Western he directed, The Last Frontier.

Read more:

1956's Seven Men From Now

Seven MenSeven Men from Now is the first, best and least-known of the seven films Producer-star Randolph Scott and Director Budd Boetticher made together.

Read more:

1961’s The Comancheros

the-comancheros_john-wayne_1960sJohn Wayne was in such a fertile period in his career when he made The Comancheros—coming off Howard Hawks’s Rio Bravo, John Ford’s The Horse Soldiers and Wayne’s own mega-production of The Alamo—that The Comancheros got lost in the shuffle.

Read more:

1972's Junior Bonner

Four rodeo movies were released in 1972: Junior Bonner, J.W. Coop, When the Legends Die and The Honkers. (You might find four rodeo pictures in all the previous 72 years!)

Read more:

1956’s The Last Hunt

beckers_forgotten_film_classics_last-hunt_richard-brooks_buffalo_south-dakotaWe are informed at the beginning of The Last Hunt that all of the depictions of buffalo hunting in the film were photographed at the annual “thinning” of the herds in South Dakota.

Read more:

1929's Hell's Heroes

Being the severely-obsessed movie geek that I am (I’ve seen nearly 5,000 movies and keep a list), combined with the fact that William Wyler is my favorite director (Mrs. Miniver; Ben-Hur), I spent most of my life dying to see his 1929 version of the classic Western story by Peter B. Kyne, The Three Godfathers, titled Hell’s Heroes.

Read more:

1972’s Ulzana’s Raid

ulzana-raid_posterUlzana’s Raid is one of the rare movies that has a particularly strong theme—violence: what does it mean, and how is it used?

Read more:

The Red Bluffs Of Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon

Beneath the Bright Red Bluffs of Palo Duro—Texas Panhandle offers riders unexpected beauty in the nation’s second largest canyon.

Read more:

1958’s Terror in a Texas Town

The year 1958 saw two Westerns with similar stories: William Wyler’s big-budget, color The Big Country and the low-budget, black-and-white Terror in a Texas Town.

Read more:

Riding The Wall On The Outlaw Trail

Outlaw Trail - Hole in The WallOld West history is filled with legendary names, legendary places. And without a doubt, one of them is Hole-In-The Wall.

Read more:

1912’s The Invaders

the-invaders“In the name of the eternal fitness of things, has not this cowboy-Indian obsession gone far enough?” reported Moving Picture World in December 1911.

Read more:

True West Site Guide

Mission

True West captures the spirit of the American West with authenticity, personality and humor by linking our history to our present. Whether you call it the Wild West, the Old West or the Far West, America's frontier history comes to life in True West, the world's oldest, continuously published Western Americana magazine.

Western movie fans, re-enactors, history buffs and road warriors, we got your history covered: outlaw, cowboy, Indian, lawman, gunfighter, fur trapper, miner, prospector, gambler, soldier, entertainer and pioneer. Check out these True Westerners now!
 

Product of the Month

The Illustrated Life and Times of Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp

"Your book is fascinating, coupling your powerful illustrations [and] tracking...from birth to Tombstone to the legend [Wyatt] had become;...even Wyatt would approve." --By Hugh O'Brian, of the TV series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

"Hands down the definitive books on Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday." --By Allen Barra, New York Newsday