If there are any "Gunsmoke" fans here you may want to check out the Starz/Encore Westerns Channel on August 26-28. They will be having a 50 hour marathon of the show to celebrate it's 50th anniversary. Should be fun.
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I think "Lonesome Dove" is one of the greatest westerns ever made. Excellent acting by the entire cast and it's very true to the original novel. A true classic
Okay this one's bad....
What did the Zen master say to the hot dog vendor?
"Make me one with everything"
One of the truly great westerns, but totally lacking in historical accuracy. But that does not take away any of the enjoyment I get from watching this classic. and just for the record my favorite "Wyatt Earp" movies are "Hour Of The Gun" with James Garner and "Tombstone" with Kurt Russell
I like "Deadwood" quite a lot. I admit it took a couple of episodes to get used to the language, but once I did, I found it to be a very good show. Interesting characters and plots with some fine writing and acting.
Welcome back and stay healthy
My phone has "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" and The James Bond Theme, my wife has "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". Movie geeks, we truly are.
"Hour Of The Gun" is one of the best films James Garner ever made. I've worn the VHS tape out. I'm glad there is going to be a DVD
A classic western finally comes to DVD. Here's the info:
Wanted: Dead or Alive - Let's Go: Steve McQueen's Wanted: Dead or Alive Hits DVD
In 1958 producer Jack H. Harris was producing a film called The Blob, and had hired a young actor named Steve McQueen to star in the pic. McQueen was paid $3000 for the role, and it was to be the first of a three picture deal. However, the story has it that the production team thought McQueen was difficult to work with, and released him from the commitment to the other two films. Perhaps that's why Harris gave McQueen a "glowing recommendation" to Dick Powell. Powell, you see, was in charge of Four Star Productions, and was putting together a new Western TV series at the time. After the recommendation, Powell asked Harris if he could see a rough cut of The Blob, and was allowed to do so. Powell liked what he saw of McQueen, and hired the future Hollywood legend to play Josh Randall, the lead character of Wanted: Dead or Alive.
Three seasons playing the famed bounty hunter led McQueen to that legendary status. Before the show's run had ended, he had already played "Vin" in The Magnificent Seven, and went on to be the symbol of toughness and coolness in other hit films like The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, The Sand Pebbles, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, Le Mans, Papillon, The Towering Inferno, and his final role in The Hunter. Just three months after the 1980 debut of that last film, Terence Steven McQueen succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 50.
Now, 25 years after his death (during a year that, coincidentally, Jack H. Harris is once again producing The Blob for the big screen), New Line joins distributor Warner Brothers in celebrating the King of Cool's life and career. While WB is working toward a box set release of six of McQueen's films, New Line is planning a June 7th launch of Wanted: Dead or Alive - Season 1:
Own the hit television series that launched the career of big-screen legend Steve McQueen. Josh Randall (McQueen) was not a typical rough-hewn bounty hunter of the Old West; he was a consummate gentleman who always gave half - or even all - of his reward money to charity. He was a man of few words, and he carried a Winchester sawed-off shotgun, which he wore on his belt and fondly called his "Mare's leg." The 4-DVD set has a cost of $39.92 SRP, running 1008 minutes with lots of extras. Here's a disc-by-disc breakdown of the set:
Disc 1 - Side A
1.The Martin Poser
2. Fatal Memory
3. The Bounty
4. Dead End
Genesis of "Wanted Dead or Alive" (menu text)
Steve McQueen Bio Part 1 (menu text)
Color episode of "The Martin Poser"
Disc 1 - Side B
5. Shawnee Bill
6.The Giveaway Gun
7. Ransom for a Nun
8.Miracle at Pot Hole
"The Bounty Hunter" featurette
Disc 2 - Side A
9. The Fourth Headstone
10. Till Death Do Us Part
11. The Favor
"Life in The Fast Lane" documentary Parts 1 & 2
Disc 2 - Side B
13. Sheriff of Red Rock
14. Die by the Gun
15. Rawhide Breed
16. Eight Cent Reward?
Steve McQueen Filmography (menu text)
Steve McQueen Bio Part 2 (menu text)
Color episode of "The Favor"
Disc 3 - Side A
17. Drop To Drink
18. Rope Law
19. Six-Up to Bannach
20. The Spur
"Angel or Devil" featurette
Disc 3 - Side B
21. Reunion for Revenge
23. Call Your Shot
"Life in The Fast Lane" documentary Parts 3 & 4
Disc 4 - Side A
25. The Corner
26. Eager Man
27. The Legend
29. Double Fee
30. The Kovack Affair
Steve McQueen Bio Part 3 (menu text)
Color episode of "Six-Up to Bannach"
Disc 4 - Side B
31. Bounty for a Bride
33. Angels of Vengeance
34. Littlest Client
35. The Conquerers
36. Amos Carter
"Dead End" featurette
"Life in The Fast Lane" documentary Parts 5 & 6
The DVD comes with video in 4x3 full screen, with black-and-white presentation of all episodes, plus 3 episodes presented in color as extras (the orginal b&w versions are there, too). Sound is the original English Mono, and there are subtitles in English and Spanish.
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Billy The Kid vs Dracula
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Fans of the classic western series "The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp" starring Hugh O'Brian, may want to check out the cable channel TV Land. On Sat Feb 5 the station will start rerunning episodes of this late 50's series.
Good Night Johnny
I see no one has mentioned that goofy series called "Wild Wild West" from the '60s with Robert Conrad. Not really a western, huh?
Actually Jen, I put "The Wild Wild West" as my #1 favorite western. It's not quite a "pure" western, but it's my favorite.
Anyone who is a fan of both the real wild west and the movies may want to check out a great book called "Cowboy:How Hollywood Invented The Wild West" by Holly George- Warren. The book talks about many real western figures and there stories and how these evolved into the mythical west of the movies and TV. Some nice chapters on John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, The Lone Ranger, Roy Rodgers, Gene Autry.. The best of the real and the reel.. I think fans will enjoy it. Happy trails to all of you.
Like a lot of us here, I'm a lifelong western fan and I have seen alot of books and magazine stories written about the great movie westerns, but I've seen very little written about the TV western. I believe there have been about 150 since television began So my question is..what are your favorites? Here's my "Top Ten' looking forward to seeing yours:
1. The Wild Wild West
2.The Adventures Of Brisco County Jr.
3.The Lone Ranger
4. Wagon Train
5. The High Chaparral
7.Have Gun, Will Travel
8. The Westerner
9.Wanted: Dead Or Alive
10. Lonesome Dove (the mini-series)
I have to agree that "Winchester '73" is one of the best westerns ever.
You may want to check out "Broken Arrow" and "The Naked Spur" two of Stewarts finest westerns
Lets see..how about
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
The Magnificent Seven
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Happy Holidays to all of you and the best of the season. Don't know if there will be any Duke marathons on TV, but if theres not I'v always got my trusty VCR and DVD players to have my own.