What Is Your Favorite Western Movie?

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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/04 12:09:44 (permalink)
McLintock, absolutely!
 
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/04 14:38:17 (permalink)
Blazing Saddles has been mentioned numerous times ( I too would include it on my list), but not many people are aware of the original film that inspired it.  "Destry Rides Again", made in 1939 and starring Jimmy Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, and Brian Donlevy has the same basic plot and many of the same characters, although in slightly different roles than in Blazing Saddles.  It even features Dietrich as Frenchy, the predecessor to Madeline Kahn's Lili Von Shtupp.
 
"Destry" was, in its own way and in its own time, just as irreverent a western comedy as Blazing Saddles was when it came out in 1974.  I remember the first time I saw "Destry".  It was late at night on TV.  As the plot unfolded it struck me that I'd seen this story somewhere before, but I couldn't quite place it.  Soon enough I figured it out and then watched the movie with added delight as I tried to pinpoint the similarities between the two films.
 
I highly recommend "Destry Rides Again" to anyone who is a western lover, a comedy lover, or a film history buff in general.
 
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/04 14:51:26 (permalink)
And for anyone really interested in Destry Rides Again, check out the 1959 Broadway musical of the same name, with music and lyrics by my cousin, Harold Rome.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destry_Rides_Again_(musical)
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/04 14:53:15 (permalink)
Buddy-
Good call on Destry Rides Again!  A fine film I had forgotten about!
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/04 14:53:46 (permalink)
John Wayne and Dean Martin Together, it's amazing you could fit that much "COOL" on one screen.
 

 
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/04 15:25:48 (permalink)
Joerogo - Agree 100% about Dean Martin and John Wayne together, it was amazing that they could fit all that cool on one screen. But, if that's PapaJoe in the middle, he was the coolest!
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/04 15:32:17 (permalink)
I went to amazon and bought the Fort Apache trilogy and Hondo.
 
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/04 23:52:27 (permalink)
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/05 00:15:11 (permalink)
I'm surprised nobody here has mentioned the Terrence Hill comedy spaghetti westerns. My favorite one of the bunch is "My Name is Nobody", with Henry Fonda for good measure. As far as more serious ones, my favorites are "The Magnificent Seven", and "Silverado".
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/05 02:42:20 (permalink)
As long as we're mentioning spaghetti westerns and Henry Fonda in the same post, how about Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time In The West", starring Fonda and Charles Bronson in a unique reversal of roles with Fonda as the sadistic bad guy and Bronson as the hero in the white hat.
 
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/05 09:10:25 (permalink)
joerogo

John Wayne and Dean Martin Together, it's amazing you could fit that much "COOL" on one screen.



I believe that's PapaJoe8 in the middle


Ricky Nelson wasn't cool?
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/05 09:16:58 (permalink)
Another vote for Fort Apache.  It was on just the other day and I could not resist watcing until I saw a couple of my favorite quotes:
 
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/13 11:20:54 (permalink)
True Grit, the original
Unforgiven
Treasure of the Sierre Madre
Man who shot Liberty Valance
Clint Eastwoods Italian Spagetti Westerns
How the West was Won
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/27 15:20:08 (permalink)
I would say the "Searchers" would be my all time favorite western.  Followed by any of the other John Ford/John Wayne westerns.  Peggy Noonan had a column where we should watch John Ford movies with our children or grandchildren- a wonderful way to expose them to the American experience.  A great idea.
Silverado, Open Range  & the Lonesome Dove series are some of  my more recent favorites.
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/29 00:37:02 (permalink)
The Searchers, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, My Name is Nobody, and The Wild Bunch.
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Re:What Is Your Favorite Western Movie? 2011/08/29 18:32:10 (permalink)
Wow, that is a hard question.
 
There are so many really good western movies out there.
 
ANY John Ford Western has to be in the top part of the list
His vision, scope and staging are absolutely amazing.  He made most of the western US viewable to the rest of the US.
 
I would love to see his 20's silent movies, but I have never been able to find any of them and when I looked it up it said most of his silent movies have been lost.  What a tragic loss!  The man was genius!
 
Yes I am a Blazing Saddles and Destry Rides again Fan
 
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