Hamlette's Soliloquy and Along the Brandywine are our hosts for the online celebration Legends of Western Cinema Week, during August 17 - 21. The celebration of your (our) favourite westerns will certainly brighten the summer of 2020.
Here's the tag to start off the fun!
1. What's the last western you watched?
A re-watch of Hangman's Knot, 1952 starring Randolph Scott and written and directed by Roy "Maverick" Huggins. This time, I got the hubby to watch it with me!
2. A western of any stripe (happy or tragic) where you were highly satisfied by the ending?
The ending of Three Godfathers, 1936 when Bob gets the baby back to the church in New Jerusalem breaks my heart with its symmetry.
3. The funniest western you've seen?
Laurel and Hardy in Way Out West, 1937 has never failed to crack me up.
4. What similar elements/themes show up in your favorite westerns?
Perseverance over difficult circumstances and/or difficult people is featured time and time again in my favourite westerns.
5. Favorite actress who made 1 or more westerns?
I adore Claire Trevor in Stagecoach, Dark Command, Texas, The Desperadoes, Best of the Badmen, and Man Without a Star.
6. Favorite western hero/sidekick pairing?
Gabby Hayes with William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy. No.
Gabby Hayes with Roy Rogers. No.
Gabby Hayes with Randolph Scott. No.
Gabby Hayes with John Wayne. Well ... the answer is ...
GABBY AND SOMEBODY!
7. Scariest villain/antagonist in a Western?
Lee Van Cleef as Frank in Ride Lonesome, 1959 says of the man his gang is pursuing "I did him a hurt once." Regarding that murder, "That was a long time ago. I almost forgot." Imagine committing so many vicious acts, that you can forget one.
8. Favorite romance in a western?
Gail Russell and John Wayne as Penelope Worth and Quirt Evans in Angel and the Badman, 1947. Their romance is played out with quirky and thoughtful dialogue and performances highlighting the Quaker girl's surety in their destiny and the gunfighter's confusion at this turn in his life.
9. Three of your favorite westerns?
Canyon Passage, 1946 - Jacques Tourneur
Blood on the Moon, 1948 - Robert Wise
7 Men from Now, 1956 - Budd Boetticher
10. Share one (or several!) of your favorite quotes from a western.
Joey: "Well, maybe you shouldn't drink, then you'd have six bits when you need it."
- Brandon De Wilde to Jimmy Stewart in Night Passage, 1957
Wyatt: "Mac, you ever been in love?"
Mac: "No. I've been a bartender all me life."
- Henry Fonda and J. Farrell MacDonald in My Darling Clementine, 1946
Ryker: "I like Starrett, too. I'll kill him if I have to. I tell you, I'll kill him if I have to."
Wilson: "You mean I'll kill him if you have to."
- Emile Meyer and Jack Palance in Shane, 1953
NOTE: I'll be back tomorrow with the first of three posts looking at Barbara Stanwyck and her work in television westerns.