Category Archives: Westerns


Only the Valiant (1951)

Only the Valiant also known as Fort Invincible is a 1951 western film produced by William Cagney (younger brother of James Cagney), directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Gregory Peck and Barbara Payton. The screenplay was written by Edmund H. North and Harry Brown, based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Charles Marquis Warren.


Outlaw, The (1943)

The Outlaw is a 1943 Western movie, directed by Howard Hughes and Howard Hawks (uncredited), which turned Jane Russell into one of Hollywood’s movie legends. The film also starred Jack Buetel, Thomas Mitchell, and Walter Huston.


Five Guns West (1955)

Five Guns West is a 1955 Western film set during the American Civil War directed by Roger Corman. It was Corman’s first film as director although he had already made two as producer. It was the second of two films he made for the American Releasing Company, which later became American International Pictures.


Gone with the West (1975)

James Caan (Jud McGraw) and Stefanie Powers (Little Moon) have one thing in common. They hate this little town they came across. Sammy Davis Jr. didn’t like it much either.


The Far Country (1954)

The Far Country is a 1954 American Western Technicolor romance film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Ruth Roman, and Walter Brennan. Written by Borden Chase, the film is about a self-minded adventurer who locks horns with a crooked lawman while driving cattle to Dawson. It is one of the few Westerns, along […]


Ramrod (1947)

This cowboy drama from Hungarian director De Toth was the first of several films based on the stories of Western author Luke Short. De Toth’s first Western is often compared to films noir movies released around the same time. The film stars Veronica Lake who was married to director De Toth from 1944 to 1952.


Take a Hard Ride (1975)

Take a Hard Ride is a 1975 Italian-American Western film directed by Antonio Margheriti. It stars Lee Van Cleef, Jim Brown, Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly. Pike, a stone faced cowboy, meets up with Tyree, a dishonest gambler. Together with a mute Indian scout, Kashtok, the trio attempts to transport $86,000 across hundreds of miles […]


Gunsmoke (1955-75)

Gunsmoke had a twenty year TV run with William Conrad as the sheriff of dodge city. The early episodes are perhaps more somber, serious and gritty than the ones that came after. It seems that there was a brief trend in television in the late 50’s and early 60’s to make some television with really serious topics. It almost seems out of place and Gunsmoke remains relevant 50 years later.


Gods Gun (1975)

Father John (Lee Van Cleef) turns vigilante and hunts down a gang of criminals, led by Sam Clayton (Jack Palance) who kill the local priest.


Vengeance Valley (1951)

This is sort of a Cain and Abel story about a rancher (Burt Lancaster) that takes in an orphaned boy. His real son gets jealous and tries to get his adopted brother in trouble, so that he can get the whole ranch.


Rage at Dawn (1955)

Four of the Reno brothers are outlaws. One is a respected farmer. It’s the biggest double-cross in Western history. Randolph Scott is a secret agent sent to bring the Reno brothers and their conspirators to justice.


Oath of Vengeance (1944)

The farmers are petulant. The ranchers are petulant. The sheep are nervous. The sheriff is a coward. It’s Buster Crabbe and Fuzzy St. John to the rescue in one of the “Billy the Kid” series of movies.