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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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