Thursday, July 25, 2019

LEGENDS OF WESTERN CINEMA WEEK: Post 5 of 5, The Far Side, and Beyond

The LEGENDS OF WESTERN CINEMA WEEK is an online celebration running from July 21 - 27. It is hosted by Heidi of Along the Brandywine, Olivia of Meanwhile, in Rivendell and Hamlette's Soliloquy.

It appears that The Far Side creator Gary Larson, like many of us, knows his westerns!

My Top Ten Western Film Scores

Victor Young

1. Shane, 1953 - Victor Young
2. Rio Grande, 1950 - Victor Young
3. The Big Country, 1958 - Jerome Moross
4. How the West Was Won, 1962 - Alfred Newman
5. The Magnificent Seven, 1960 - Elmer Bernstein
6. Red River, 1948 - Dimitri Tiomkin
7. Night Passage, 1957 - Dimitri Tiomkin
8. Ride the High Country, 1962 - George Bassman
9. Savage Sam, 1963 - Oliver Wallace
10. 3:10 to Yuma, 1957 - George Duning

My Top Ten Comedy-Westerns

Laurel and Hardy
Way Out West, 1937

1. Support Your Local Sheriff!, 1969
2. Way Out West, 1937
3. Destry Rides Again, 1939
4. Ruggles of Red Gap, 1935
5. A Big Hand for the Little Lady, 1966
6. The Paleface, 1948
7. Son of Paleface, 1952
8. McLintock!, 1963
9. Along Came Jones, 1945
10. My Little Chickadee, 1940

My Top Ten Westerns

John Beradino
7 Men from Now, 1956

1. Shane, 1953
2. The Searchers, 1956
3. Winchester '73, 1950
4. My Darling Clementine, 1946
5. Stagecoach, 1939
6. 7 Men from Now, 1956
7. Rio Grande, 1950
8. Ride the High Country, 1962
9. Westward the Women, 1951
10. The Big Country, 1958

I've been watching westerns my whole life!


  1. I love that Larson cartoon. Which reminds me, have you ever seen this one?

    1. Ha! Ha! Ha! I will be saving that one. Thanks.

  2. Great Lists - our top 10 greatest films *almost* matches. And "Magnificent Seven" always gets my feet a tappin'- you must not be a fan of Western Italiano since there's no "Good Bad and the Ugly" on any of your lists. I dragged my Aunt to "the Good, Bad, and the Ugly" at the local drive-in and we left after 30 minutes. She couldn't stand that "Crazy Music!". i think she was expecting Tex Ritter.

    1. Can't claim to be fond of the spaghetti western. I admire the music, but since I don't warm up to the movies even the scores don't come to mind easily.

      Shh. Don't tell my husband, or anyone else, but (looks around to make sure no one is listening), while I admire him as an individualistic, creative person, I don't think much of ol' Clint as an actor. Don't let it get around!

  3. I love your Top 10 Western scores. Many of those would be in my Top 10, too. Though I'd have to think about my own list, I know it would include Once Upon a Time in the West and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly--both by Morricone.

    1. Maestro Morricone is a master and he certainly doesn't need to be on any old list of mine. However, I am feeling a little remiss.

  4. Clint doesn't act - he just squints. But what a Squint!

  5. Squintin Clinton! HA HA ! He was friends with DORIS DAY who was in THE BALLAD OF JOSIE with PETER GRAVES who was the younger brother of JAMES ARNESS. So it ends with GUNSMOKE and MARSHALL DILLON-MATT or as FESTUS called him MATTHEW. CHESTER called him MARSHALL DILLON.

    1. Peter Graves directed one episode of Gunsmoke and was considering changing his career when he got the Jim Phelps role in Mission Impossible. He directed one episode of that series.

      I like the Chester and Mister Dillon relationship, and I like the Festus and Doc relationship. I like the way the show accommodated new actors and characters over its run.

  6. PAUL FIX played the father-in-law of DORIS in THE BALLAD OF JOSIE. DENVER PYLE played her dad BUCK WEBB on THE DORIS DAY SHOW. What movies or shows do you like Paul and Denver in best? Also speaking of Gunsmoke I am a big fan of DENNIS WEAVER who played Chester. Ive never seen the half hour eps and I didn't see the hour long ones with CHESTER until 1983 or 1984.

    1. Paul Fix is a very interesting actor. He played mainly bad guys in his younger years, but grew into that trustworthy fellow on The Rifleman. Dennis Weaver as well was an interesting fellow. From Chester to McCloud, and various TV movies he showed a lot of versatility.

  7. Such fun lists!

    I had a rocker thing with horses on either side when I was a baby, very similar to the one in your picture! Mine was red. My parents say I used to bring them the Henry Mancini 8-track tape and demand they put it on, and then rock in my horse-rocker thing like crazy while listening to it.

    Of your 10 fave western movies, the only one I haven't seen yet is 7 Men from Now, but I own a copy, so I'll get to it one of these days!

    1. I want to thank you and everyone for all their wonderful lists where I am discovering new things to me to watch. It is easy to get wrapped up in old favourites, and forget that people are making good movies even today.

      I think that's adorable about the Mancini. No one should ever doubt that kids know what they like.

  8. Regarding GUNSMOKE and DENNIS WEAVER that's right, Chester called Matt MISTER Dillon. I just forgot and said MARSHALL Dillon. I can hear him-in my head-saying MISTER DILLON. I agree about Dennis Weavers versatility. One TV-Movie I saw him in was COCAINE-ONE MANS SEDUCTION. He played a family man with a drug addiction. His wife was played by the lovely KAREN GRASSLE who played mother CAROLINE INGALLS on LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE. She also did an ep of GUNSMOKE titled THE WIVING with HARRY MORGAN and soap star JOHN REILLY. In the sequel ep her character and John Reillys were played by other people. Dennis was also the star of BLUFFING IT-a TV-MOVIE where he played another family man, a truck driver who cant read and the only person who knows this is his wife. It aired on ABC in 1987. (I meant to say earlier that the Addiction one aired in 1983 and I remember I saw it in 1988.)

    1. I also enjoyed Dennis Weaver's musical side. He had a fine voice.

      I remember those near-the-end episodes of Gunsmoke. John Reilly is a long-time favourite from As the World Turns and General Hospital.

  9. Is that you in the rocking horse? Adorable!!

    Your Top 10 lists are a marvellous overview of Western films.

    1. Yep. That's me. Just sittin' and rockin' and waiting for Randolph Scott!

      Thank you. I do have a list making gene that sometimes gets out of control.

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